The Financial Times reports that “the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier” has been deployed at or near the Korean Peninsula. This is expected to “raise anxiety in Pyongyang just days after President Donald Trump launched a barrage of missiles against Syria.”
The message sent by the Trump administration based on the strike in Syria has been noted by many countries, even outside of Damascus and its territory. North Korea has openly called the act “unforgivable” with the regards to the aggression. It has considered this an impetus to maintain its nuclear arsenal.
This was in response to the White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, who stated that this “sends a very strong signal not just to Syria but throughout the world.” China got the message too. President Trump has stated that he would act unilaterally against North Korea if China did not place “pressure on Pyongyang,” tying in to the need to abandon the North Korean nuclear program.
The Secretary of State for the Trump Administration, Rex Tillerson, has stated in the first trip to Asia that the “policy of strategic patients has ended” with possibility for all military options on the table. There might be unease in China. Some of the options included the assassination of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.
A former top CIA China analyst, Dennis Wilder, said, “It’s very difficult to know the effect of this on Kim Jong Un, but his elites will worry about a more aggressive US policy.” Chinese analysts remain skeptical about the alteration of the Beijing assessment of the situation. China continues in a cautious mentality and approach, or strategy, with North Korea.
“Zhao Tong, a foreign affairs expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre, said the Syria strike had changed China’s perception of Mr Trump to a certain degree.” Zhao noted that the context of Syria is not directly related to the situation in North Korea.
“The US needs to take the consequences of an attack on North Korea into consideration, such as the safety of its troops in South Korea and Japan, and also its allies,” Zhao said. South Korea and Japan share concerns about the nuclear threat coming from Pyongyang.
A professor at Renmin University, Pang Zhongying, stated the possibility for a strike against North Korea remain low, “very low.” “North Korea is not Syria,” he said. “North Korea is totally different and even a surgical strike could bring disastrous consequences.”
US president Donald Trump talked to both Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the acting South Korean president, Hwang Kyo-ahn. The talks revolved around the North Korean peninsula and the recent strikes in Syria.
A former CIA officer with experience with North Korean officials, Joe Detrani, said, “His father, Kim Jong Il, literally went into hiding after the first Gulf war when the US used overwhelming air power to destroy Iraq’s military…Kim Jong Un may do the same.”
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