Tensions Rise In Korean Peninsula After North Korea Tests Another Ballistic Missile

Tensions remain high in the Korean peninsula after U.S. B-1B bombers conducted air exercises over the Korean peninsula on Saturday with South Korean fighter jets in response to North Korea test firing another ballistic missile on Friday and claiming that it could reach America.

U.S. President Trump tweeted that he is very disappointed in China for doing nothing for us with North Korea and explained we will no longer allow this to continue.

“I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet……they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”

On Friday Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis released a statement acknowledging the Department of Defense detected and tracked a single North Korea missile launch and said the U.S. stands ready to defend their allies in the region.

“Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad.  We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said on CBS’s Face The Nation aired on Sunday that the latest ballistic test marks a clear and present danger to the United States and she’s convinced that North Korea has never moved at the speed that this leader has to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, to put solid fuel, to have an interesting launch device, and to have a trajectory allowing it to travel about 6,000 miles, and possibly hit as far east as Chicago.

Although diplomatic efforts between Washington and Pyongyang have proven to be ineffective thus far, even with sanctions imposed on North Korea, Sen. Feinstein said on CBS’s Face The Nation that she believes the only solution to North Korea is a diplomatic one.

“I’m very disappointed in China’s response, that it has not been firmer or more helpful. And I think that the administration and this is one of the reasons that I hope General Kelly will be able to be effective, even beyond a chief of staff, is to begin some very negotiation with the North and stop this program” Sen. Feinstein said.

Last month, President Trump met with G-20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany and was unable to galvanize international support aimed at issuing a joint statement condemning North Korea over its weapons program which is in violation of numerous UN resolutions.

From the 1990’s- 2017 the UN has imposed 16 resolutions on North Korea related to its missile and nuclear program.

Beijing has leverage over Pyongyang but hasn’t displayed much willingness to use its geo-political influence to pressure North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un over its renegade weapons program.

Beijing is afraid of more democratization reaching its border with North Korea if the United States and its regional allies are successful in changing the political landscape on the Korean peninsula.

Beijing is also concerned about the prospect of North Korean refugees flooding into China if war erupts on the North Korean peninsula.

For now Beijing appears to be content playing Pyongyang against Washington as Kim Jong-Un’s regime advances its weapons program and the Trump administration grows more impatient and sanctions neighboring Russia over its role for interfering during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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