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First Willingness to Talk, Now Extreme Sanctions – What is USA’s strategy on North Korea exactly?

The relationship between the United States and North Korea is not getting any better – both the countries have made their intentions clear as they have warned each other uncountable times now. The latest development has been the statement of the Vice President Mike Pence, warning North Korea about the ‘toughest economic sanctions’.

The sanctions are expected to be imposed before the end of the Winter Olympic games, which will commence on Friday this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea where the both South and North Korea will compete together under a single flag. Pence is on a visit to Japan where he will be leading the US delegation in the opening ceremony of the grand event. The tough stance was made clear by the Republican following his meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Telling the world that the US is not going to back down until it cripples the economy of the bellicose government of Kim Jong-un. In a bid to thwart the nuclear and ballistic missiles program being carried out blatantly by the North Korean leader, Pence has asserted that the upcoming sanctions will be the harshest ever.

“The United States of America will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever, and we will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all”, proclaimed Pence.

Commanding the North Korean leader to completely denuclearize, the Vice President termed the rival government as the ‘world’s most tyrannical and oppressive regime’.  The threat came after the Vice President had shown the interest to meet the officials from North Korea regarding the heated debate of nuclear tests. However, the threat now means that it next to impossible that the representatives of two countries will sit on a table.

Talking about the allies and the combined stance, Pence said:

“Together with Japan, and all our allies, we will continue to intensify our maximum pressure campaign until North Korea takes concrete steps toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization”.

While the contents and the extent of economic sanctions are yet to be declared openly by the authorities, the analysts believe that US might turn to China whose major companies have their operations in North Korea. It is still the million-dollar question whether China cooperates with the US in the matter or not – if not, what will be the plan B for Trump administration.

One thing is for sure and that is US has embarked on a mission, more seriously now, to suffocate the regime’s economy in an effort to hamper the progress of the dangerous missile programs and nuclear tests. Not just the US, the United Nations had put rigid sanctions especially on the energy imports and coal exports.

It would be interesting to see how the two countries react when they come face to face in Pyeongchang. With US promising to apply the sanctions before the conclusion of the games, the Winter Olympics have gained huge traction from the clash of the titans.









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