eseoulpost
InternationalNorth Korea
Trump's revival of military threat intended to curb N.K. provocations: experts
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2019.12.04  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   
 

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks about the possibility of using force against North Korea appears intended to warn against possible provocations ahead of the year-end deadline the regime set for Washington to show flexibility in their deadlocked nuclear talks, analysts said Wednesday.

Trump made the threat of military action on Tuesday, just hours after the North reiterated that the deadline is approaching and warned that it is entirely up to Washington what "Christmas gift" it wants to get.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has set the deadline for Washington to come up with an acceptable proposal to move forward the nuclear negotiations, warning that Pyongyang could otherwise take a "new way."

"Now we have the most powerful military we've ever had and we're by far the most powerful country in the world," Trump told reporters during his trip to London to attend a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders.

"And, hopefully, we don't have to use it, but if we do, we'll use it. If we have to, we'll do it," he added.

Ahead of the deadline, Pyongyang has been ratcheting up tensions by firing short-range projectiles, pressing ahead
with provocative military drills and hardening its rhetoric against Seoul and Washington.

Its saber-rattling has raised fears that Pyongyang could revert to a provocative tack and bring to naught Trump's much-trumpeted personal diplomacy with the North Korean leader, particularly ahead of the U.S. reelection battle.

Apparently mindful of the possible provocations, the U.S. military has been beefing up its surveillance activities by

 deploying a set of reconnaissance assets over the peninsula in recent weeks.

"Trump hit back as the North talked of the 'Christmas gift.' He might have felt the need to stake out his position that
he would not back down in the negotiations going forward," Shin Beom-chul, a senior fellow at the Asan Institute of
 Policy Studies, told Yonhap News Agency.

 

On Tuesday, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae-song mentioned the Christmas gift, which observers said might indicate that the regime could gradually escalate pressure on the U.S. through provocations, possibly including a launch of a longer-range ballistic missile.

 

Ri also pointed out that his country has tried hard "not to backtrack from the important steps it has taken" in a reference to a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests and other measures it has taken to demonstrate its commitment to denuclearization.

 The DPRK has done its utmost with maximum perseverance not to backtrack from the important steps it has taken on its own initiative," he said. "What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get."

 DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

 His statement was the latest in a series of remarks by former and current North Korean nuclear negotiators, which have appeared to hint at Pyongyang's growing impatience over a lack of progress in denuclearization negotiations with Washington.

 For the North, a failure to meet its supreme leader's deadline is a humiliating setback that could trigger a provocative move by the regime or upend the ongoing nuclear diplomacy, analysts warned.

 However, the U.S. president may not feel so anxious given that he could want to maintain the current status quo -- in stark contrast with the dangers of war on the peninsula in 2017 amid his threat of "fire and fury" and the boasts by both Trump and Kim of the "nuclear button" on their desks.

 But a shift for the worse in the current security landscape could raise questions over his foreign policy chops already challenged by a slew of problems such as the protracted trade war with China and tensions with Iran, to name a few.

 "The continuation of the current status quo would be good for Trump. So I think Trump's remarks on the possible use of military force were intended to strengthen deterrence against North Korean provocations," Woo Jung-yeop, a research fellow at the Sejong Institute, said.

 The worst scenario for Trump could be Pyongyang conducting a nuclear test or firing off an intercontinental ballistic missile, which could pose a direct threat to the continental U.S. and debunk his claim that security situations are better off now than under his predecessor Barack Obama.

 Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have yielded little progress, as the two sides still remain far apart over the scope of the North's denuclearization steps and what should be given in return.

 The two sides last held their working-level negotiations in Sweden in October. The North declared that the talks broke down, accusing the U.S. of having come to the negotiation table "empty handed, while the U.S. cast the talks as good discussions.

 

< 저작권자 © eseoulpost 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
자동등록방지용 코드를 입력하세요!   
확인
- 200자까지 쓰실 수 있습니다. (현재 0 byte / 최대 400byte)
- 욕설등 인신공격성 글은 삭제 합니다. [운영원칙]
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
Most Read
1
Mohammed bin Rashid, Mohamed bin Zayed discuss national issues
2
ERC Secretary-General receives Chairman of Board of Russian International Development Agency
3
UAE Embassy in South Korea holds countdown event for Expo 2020 Dubai
4
Hyundai Motor affiliate signs MOU with Germany's Brose on future vehicle seats
5
N. Korea blasts Trump's warning, says it has nothing more to lose
6
Human rights delegates share insights with EDA students
7
40th session of GCC Supreme Council issues final communique
8
Analysis under way into N. Korea's 'very important test' at Dongchang-ri site: defense ministry
9
UAE, Indonesia discuss defence cooperation
10
Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies / launch
Photo News Green Biz
Environmentally Distinctive House initiative launched
Environmentally Distinctive House ...
min
Masdar to bring solar power to 'off-grid' communities around the world
Masdar to bring solar power to 'of...
min
ADNOC ranked amongst five lowest GHG emitters in oil and gas industry
ADNOC ranked amongst five lowest G...
min
World Green Economy Summit 2018 concludes
World Green Economy Summit 2018 co...
min
Restoration of nature requires actions of many :Al Zeyoudi
Restoration of nature requires act...
min
Photo News Sports
Mohamed bin Zayed receives Khabib Nurmagomedov, congratulates him on winning UFC in Abu Dhabi
Mohamed bin Zayed receives Khabib ...
min
Heated start for President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup Championship
Heated start for President’s Jiu-J...
min
Four Emirati golfers participating in Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
Four Emirati golfers participating...
min
Taiwan shuts out Japan to clinch U-12 Baseball World Cup title
Taiwan shuts out Japan to clinch U...
min
Mohammed bin Rashid receives trophy from Queen Elizabeth II on historic Royal Ascot win
Mohammed bin Rashid receives troph...
min
(U20 World Cup) S. Korea's Lee Kang-in wins Golden Ball as tournament MVP
(U20 World Cup) S. Korea's Lee Kan...
min
Taiwan recurve women's team win gold at Archery World Cup
Taiwan recurve women's team win go...
min
Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin wins 7th game of '19, has scoreless streak snapped at 32 innings
Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin wins 7th gam...
min
Photo News World
Mohamed bin Zayed receives Khabib Nurmagomedov, congratulates him on winning UFC in Abu Dhabi
Mohamed bin Zayed receives Khabib ...
min
Heated start for President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup Championship
Heated start for President’s Jiu-J...
min
Four Emirati golfers participating in Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
Four Emirati golfers participating...
min
Taiwan shuts out Japan to clinch U-12 Baseball World Cup title
Taiwan shuts out Japan to clinch U...
min
Mohammed bin Rashid receives trophy from Queen Elizabeth II on historic Royal Ascot win
Mohammed bin Rashid receives troph...
min
(U20 World Cup) S. Korea's Lee Kang-in wins Golden Ball as tournament MVP
(U20 World Cup) S. Korea's Lee Kan...
min
Taiwan recurve women's team win gold at Archery World Cup
Taiwan recurve women's team win go...
min
Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin wins 7th game of '19, has scoreless streak snapped at 32 innings
Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin wins 7th gam...
min
Photo News Opinion
BOK keeps base rate steady, sees slower economic growth
BOK keeps base rate steady, sees s...
min
S. Korea issues cold wave alert for Seoul, central regions
S. Korea issues cold wave alert fo...
min
Moon vows unswayed push for peace, innovation, fairness in remaining presidency
Moon vows unswayed push for peace,...
min
S. Korea to strive to attain higher economic growth in 2020
S. Korea to strive to attain highe...
min
Moon to meet party leaders amid political stalemate
Moon to meet party leaders amid po...
min
S. Korea announces first female two-star general
S. Korea announces first female tw...
min
S. Korea deports 2 N. Korean criminals to home country
S. Korea deports 2 N. Korean crimi...
min
3 bodies found at crash scene of chopper near Dokdo islets
3 bodies found at crash scene of c...
min
Newspaper AboutNews ReportAdvertiseComplaintsPrivacy PolicyJuvenile protectionRejection of E-mail Collection
Gangnam-gu, Teheran 52 street in Tehran Bldg, 616(Yeoksam-dong)  |  Main Phone: 02) 563-0604  |  Fax: 02) 538-5665
Chairman : jeong-woo Lee  |  Advisor : byung-il Min  |  Publisher: jae-mo Kah  |  Editors: il-hong Kim
Registration Number 1928 Seoul ah  |  eseoulpost.com / eseoulpost.net / Global Korea.,Ltd
Copyright © 2011 eseoulpost. All rights reserved. mail to jaemokah@daum.com , kih10kr@empas.com/ www.globalkorea.info
arabafrica.net / UAE Interract / Emirtes News Agency(WAM)/ http://wam.org.ae / www.uaeinteract.com