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The stalemate over North Korea will continue until Washington and Pyongyang speak directly in line with the Sino-Russian peace plan.

North Korea’s recent test-launch of three short range ballistic missiles has apparently failed to provoke a militant reaction from Washington or Seoul. This would seem to indicate that the most intense phase of America’s campaign of intimidation against Pyongyang has ebbed, albeit perhaps temporarily.

South Korea earlier today said that the nature of the North Korean launches which used short range rather than medium or inter-continental ballistic missiles, is a sign that Pyongyang may be ready to engage in dialogue with other international powers.

READ MORE: Seoul sees new missile launches by N.Korea as sign of will for dialogue

Shortly after South Korea’s statement, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the following,

“We do view it as a provocative act against the United States and our allies … We’re going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign, as I have described it, working with allies, working with China as well to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table with a view to begin a dialogue on a different future for Korean peninsula and for North Korea”.

While the US has yet to acknowledge its position on the joint Sino-Russian peace plan which calls for military de-escalation on both sides of the 38th parallel as well as direct talks between Pyongyang and Washington, Tillerson’s statement is at minimum, indicative of an approach to North Korea that refrains from overt military threats. Trump’s days of threatening “fire and fury” upon Pyongyang seem to be behind us as things gradually calm down.

In this sense, until Washington and Pyongyang speak directly, the conflict is best thought of as a stalemate where if anything Pyongyang has the upper hand due to China and Russia’s thorough opposition to war on their borders.

READ MORE: Trump says Kim Jong-Un is starting to respect the US–North Korea announces building of new rockets

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August 27, 2017

North Korea ARE NOT the Aggressor !

August 27, 2017

So…. China’s threat worked.

August 27, 2017

How many USAdists today know who was William Jennings Bryan and how many of them know rejection of his ideas by USAdist directly led to what USAdistia has become. And here we have chance to read words by some clown chosen by Mr. Dumb himself, Mr. Dumb who was seen as a hope by many but has apparently turned into something very different. How is that possible? Is Mr. Dumb cheated, is he defeated or was there any black magic involved? Regular USAdist can ask himself same questions again and again but he will not be able to find an… Read more »

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August 27, 2017

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Freethinking Влади́мир
Freethinking Влади́мир
August 27, 2017

The only reason NK is acting weird all the time is because the west refuses to sign a peace treaty. As long as NK is not in a state of peace it will have difficulties attracting businesses. The reason the USA doesn’t want to sign a peace treaty is because the US doesn’t want another power to deal with. Divide and conquer is everything to the US.

Reply to  Freethinking Влади́мир
August 28, 2017

“The reason the USA doesn’t want to sign a peace treaty is because the US doesn’t want another power to deal with”

The reason they dont want peace is because it gives them a “reason” to stay in SK, close to China and Russia as threats to them. If NK didnt exist the US would create it!

Seoul sees new missile launches by N.Korea as sign of will for dialogue

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