On Friday, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile landed about 200 miles off the coast of Japan.
Following the launch, North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong Un, claimed his country finally has the capability to hit the U.S.
What's more concerning is some experts agree with the despot's assessment. Despite warnings from America and its allies, North Korea continues to violate international law and test its nuclear weapons and delivery systems.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and said that the U.S. would “no longer allow this to continue.”
Trump has slammed North Korea in the past. However, he hasn't announced any major official policy shift with the country.
It appears he chose U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to announce the shift. On Sunday, Haley tweeted:
Following North Korea's second ICBM launch on Friday, many have asked whether the United States will seek an emergency Security Council session on Monday. Some have even misreported that we are seeking such a session. That is mistaken.
There is no point in having an emergency session if it produces nothing of consequence. North Korea is already subject to numerous Security Council resolutions that they violate with impunity and that are not complied with by all UN Member States.
An additional Security Council resolution that does not significantly increase the international pressure on North Korea is of no value. In fact, it is worse than nothing, because it sends the message to the North Korean dictator that the international community is unwilling to seriously challenge him.
China must decide whether it is finally willing to take this vital step. The time for talk is over. The danger the North Korean regime poses to international peace is now clear to all.
China hasn't responded to Haley or Trump at this time.
But Chinese President Xi Jinping's latest comment on national security for his country gives you a good idea of where his head is.
“The world is not all at peace, and peace must be safeguarded,” Xi said. “Today, we are closer to the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation than any other time in history, and we need to build a strong people's military more than any other time in history.”
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