Monday, 28 May, 2018

United States push to bar NoKor from ASEAN forum

Preston Stone | 04 August, 2017, 02:50

North Korea's latest missile test has sparked the familiar round of global condemnation and new fears that the United States mainland is now in reach of the country's arsenal.

North Korean state media "relentlessly presents Americans in the most negative manner; rapacious, war-mongering, and utterly filled with hatred of the Korean people", Cockerell said.

If there was any doubt before, the answer now that North Korea has successfully test fired a missile capable of reaching the interior of the United States is, "Oh yes, we hear you now".

Describing last Friday's Hwasong-14 launch, the second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by North Korea in the last month, as "another big gift package to the U.S.", Rodong said that the focus of U.S. policy should now be "guaranteeing the security of the U.S. mainland".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press Thailand and other Asian countries to take tougher action against North Korea when he visits Bangkok and attends regional meetings in Manila starting this week, a senior US official said on Wednesday.

"Although North Korea is a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum, we continue to encourage all countries, including ASEAN members, to downgrade diplomatic engagements or exchanges with the North Korea", the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China "attached great importance" to Mr Tillerson's remarks and his reiteration of what Wang called the "Four Nos" principle.

But last week a United States official told CNN that the USA government doesn't believe North Korea will be able to launch a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile until early 2018.

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The ban, first reported in July, comes after the death of USA tourist Otto Warmbier, who suffered brain damage while under arrest in North Korea.

In light of North Korea's advancing missile program what should President Trump and his current leadership do?

The Asean Regional Forum seeks to be a space of preemptive diplomacy and conflict prevention in the Southeast Asia region, and it counts 10 full members (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) and other dialogue members, including the European Union, the USA, and South Korea.

However, the USA president did not consider Beijing's response adequate, and tweeted yesterday: 'I am very disappointed in China.

The Foreign Minister urged all sides not to increase tensions.

Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Robiespierre Bolivar said Thursday the Philippines is open about its rights record.

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