With the war rhetoric reaching an unprecendented level from North Korea against US and South Korea, the United States of America responded with calmness and reiterated its readiness of defending itself and its allies.
In an interview with Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC Host, US Ambassador to UN Susan Rice says President Kim Jong-un’s actions in recent weeks have been part of an escalating pattern of hot rhetoric as well as provocative actions.
“We’ve seen this sort of pattern in the past. What seems to be somewhat different is the level of the rhetoric and the pace of the provocation.” – Ms. Rice
North Korea’s threats are familiar pattern to the world
Ms. Rice says the provocations by North Korea is a familiar pattern, and it’s one to which the rest of the world has become somewhat inured.
However, Ms. Rice indicates that the reality is, North Korea says it wants security, it says it wants economic development, and what it’s doing with its threats, with its rhetoric, with its provocations, is isolating itself more and more, impoverishing its people more and more, and taking itself further into the realm of becoming a full-scale international pariah with maximum sanctions on its doorsteps.
US tells Kim Jong-un to choose the path of peace
According to Ms. Rice, it would be much wiser for Kim Jong-un, as he assesses how to lead his country, to step back and to heed what has been the call of President Obama and other world leaders to choose the path of peace.
Kim Jong-un must do what it would take to ensure North Korea’s security, ensure its potential economic development, and that’s uphold its international obligations and come into compliance with U.N. sanctions, she noted.
“Now, obviously, thus far, he seems to be pushing the envelope.” – Ms. Rice
US and its allies ready to defend themselves
Ms. Rice underscores that for the United States’ point of view, its interest is in reminding President Kim Jong-un and those around him of the benefits of an alternative peaceful course, ensuring that from its point of view, the United States and its allies are fully capable of defending themselves should there be a need to do so.
“We are not getting too jumpy when he wakes up in the morning and issues yet another provocative statement.” – Ms. Rice
She adds there should be a de-escalation of these tensions and, ideally, addressing the nuclear threat through the negotiating table.
The US continues to underscore that that it is US intention to address the threat with dialogue.
“Our intentions are not belligerent. But, obviously, if need be, we’ll do what it takes to defend our allies and ourselves.” – Ms. Rice
What is China’s stance on North Korea’s rhetoric against US and South Korea?
Ms. Rice says she negotiates with China in the Security Council. She says she negotiated multiple rounds now of sanctions against North Korea.
And the resolution that they passed most recently in February was the strongest yet, she said.
She adds China can do more and it is implementing the sanctions that they have agreed to, that they negotiated and passed.
“But clearly, with the border that they have, with the economic relationship that they have, they can do more.” – Ms. Rice
She says what’s interesting about China’s stance now is that anyone can tell – by the nature of their statements, by the nature of their actions, that unlike in the past, they also are very much of the view that Kim Jong-un has gone too far and that this now is a situation that has the potential to directly threaten their interests in the region, both economic and security.
“And so we remain in very close communication with the Chinese, with the Russians – and, of course, South Korea and Japan our allies in the region – about a collective way to deal with this threat.” – Ms. Rice
She says the reality is they are united, the rest of the world, in ensuring that this threat is contained and Kim Jong-un and North Korea are increasingly isolated, including from China.
US Ready to Defend South Korea Against DPRK’s Aggression
Citing the unacceptable rhetoric from the North Korean Government against South Korea in the past few days, the United States of America has reaffirmed its commitment to protect and defend South Korea from North Korea’s aggression.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says he doesn’t want to speculate on North Korea’s intent or whether there’s a strategy or not a strategy for its recent threats against South Korea.
He reiterated that the United States will do what is necessary to defend itself and defend its allies, Korea and Japan.
Secretary Kerry says they are fully prepared and capable of doing so, and he thinks the DPRK understands that.
US Ready To Defend Its Ally South Korea
According to Secretary Kerry, no one takes lightly, least of all the President of the United States, what has been happening, which is precisely why the President made the decision to redeploy missile defense with respect to the United States itself as well as to take other preparations in the region.
The US sends a very clear signal to our allies and the North alike that the United States will defend its allies and that it will not be subject to irrational or reckless provocation.
Secretary Kerry points out that the United States believes there is a very simple way for North Korea to rejoin the community of nations and make it clear that they want to pursue a peaceful path.
US has reiterated they are prepared to help them with if they will bring their behavior in line with the United Nations and global community requirements.
Both countries reportedly made progress in the tailored extended deterrence and the counter-provocation plan.
US and South Korea Celebrate 60 Years Of Alliance
US and South Korea are two very close friends, countries, that have traveled a very interesting journey together for 60 years now.
The United States and the Republic of South Korea, for decades have worked side-by-side as allies.
Both countries have stood up to a wide range of challenges over that period of time, not just in the Asia Pacific, but in other parts of the world as well.
The United States is completely committed to deepening this relationship in the years ahead.
US and South Korea Share Goal of Peaceful Korean Peninsula, Free of Nuclear Weapons
Both countries agree that improved relations between North and South would ultimately help to move us towards that goal.
Secretary Kerry said that is a stated goal of the new President of the Republic of Korea, and US looks forward to working with her to achieve that goal.
While in Washington DC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se reaffirmed South Korean government’s strong commitment to work closely with the United States on North Korea policy.
Both countries reportedly agreed that North Korea should abandon its nuclear ambitions and bellicose rhetoric.
Both countries also agreed to collaborate to ensure full implementation of the UN’s Security Council Resolution 2094.
US says North Korea’s Nuclear Test Has Costly Consequences
The US is working with the international community to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear test has costly consequences.
In adopting Resolution 2087 in January after the December launch, the UN Security Council pledged to take “significant action” in the event of a nuclear test.
US is also strengthening its close coordination with its Six-Party partners and regional allies.
And through a whole-of-government approach, working closely with its partners in the Department of Defense and other agencies, US will take the steps necessary to defend itself and its allies, particularly the ROK and Japan.
In addition, reassured both Seoul and Tokyo, at the highest levels, of our commitment to extended deterrence through the U.S. nuclear umbrella, conventional capabilities, and missile defense.
US indicates North Korea’s WMD, ballistic missile, conventional arms, and proliferation activities constitute a serious and unacceptable threat to U.S. national security, to say nothing of the integrity of the global nonproliferation regime, which many around the world have labored over generations to devise, nurture, and enforce.
US asserts effective, targeted multilateral and national sanctions will consequently remain a vital component of its efforts to impede the DPRK’s efforts to advance its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and proliferation activities.
Combined with the measures in resolutions 1718 and 1874, UNSCR 2087 further constricts North Korea’s efforts to procure weapons components, send agents abroad, smuggle dual-use items, and make headway on its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, Mr. Davies noted.
The US is actively engaged with the international community to underscore the importance of full enforcement of these measures.