By | Rachel Brooks Contributor | Telegraph Local
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Pictured above. How is Trump, as Commander in Chief_responding to this situation?
North Korea has threatened the United States with a demonstration of force this Christmas. However, President Trump has downplayed the situation. Citing NPR news, Mr. Trump has stated, “maybe it’s a beautiful vase” in regards to the “Christmas gift” North Korea has threatened. The President spoke with reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Pyongyang has insisted the US repeal sanctions on their nation. Yet, Mr. Trump spoke with bravado. NPR further quotes him as saying, “We’ll find out what the surprise is, and we’ll deal with it very successfully. Let’s see what happens. Everybody’s got surprises for me_but let’s see what happens.”
With the Commander-in-Chief appearing unconcerned, Americans have many questions. What about the military? Are they taking the threat seriously?
Citing Reuters, the United States military is taking full precautions against the North Korea threat. The North American Aerospace Defense Command is monitoring the situation for a potential attack. Military.com also reported that the US Forces stand at the ready for any potential hostilities. It is unknown what “Christmas present” entails precisely. The US Forces in the Pacific are at full-response alert status. Citing Joint Chiefs Chairman Army General Mark Miley, who issued the statement as early as Friday. He is quoted saying,
“Korea is one of those places in the world where you always maintain very high levels of readiness.” He was speaking at a joint Pentagon briefing with Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Military.com also reports that a series of short missile tests have been observed again. North Korea’s propaganda outlets released statements of an “important test”. This prompted an urgent response from South Korea, with the nearby nation fearing a missile test that could span the intercontinental range.
In the meantime, Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special envoy to North Korea, has sought to resume talks with North Korean on disarmament. He left instead from Beijing for the US Friday after he met with two of China’s officials.
Also citing Military.com, North Korea poses to allow the US to choose the Christmas gift the nation will receive. The Trump administration is running out of time to resume denuclearization negotiations.
Meanwhile, the major powers of Southeast Asia are meeting to discuss North Korea’s rise to the remilitarized threat, citing ABC 6. China, Japan, and South Korea met in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China, on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Leaders included Li Keqiang, China’s Premier, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. They are expected to discuss furthering regional cooperation on the Southeast’s economy, the environment, and people-to-people exchanges.
This collaboration could include an alliance on North Korea’s mustering hostilities. China is the pipeline of major investments in Pyongyang. At this moment, their financial influence has not been enough to dissuade North Korea for nuclear advancement. The United States demanded Kim Jong-un completely denuclearize North Korean, but this has allegedly not happened.
This China, Japan, and South Korea alliance talk are filling the blanks as the Trump administration abandons the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Further citing ABC 6, some friction remains among the nations that met on Tuesday.