Kim's N. Korea gains a little economically, a lot militarily

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attended a concert to celebrate the country's missile launch

The Chinese government defended importing iron ore from North Korea on Thursday, saying such purchases "strictly and earnestly" comply with the United Nations' sanctions, The Associated Press reported.

While China's imports from North Korea dropped 13.2 percent to $880 million in the period from January to June, exports to North Korea rose 29.1 percent to $1.67 billion, he said.

When that happens, the United States might reconsider military strikes so as not to let other rogue states think they could get their own nuclear programs if they simply hold out, Cho said.

"The Defense Ministry proposes to hold a military talks between the two Koreas on July 21 at Tongilgak in North Korea to stop all hostile actions which heightens military tensions at the border", said Seoul's Vice Defense Minister Seo Joo-seok on Monday.

President Donald Trump and his top aides have signalled growing impatience with China over North Korea, especially since it last week test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, which experts say could put all of Alaska in range for the first time.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40% in the first quarter", Trump tweeted on July 5. Trump tweeted last week. After successfully launching its first ICBM on July 4, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a nationwide ceremony to celebrate it.

President Trump seems to be determined to prevent North Korea from continuing to threaten United States security and that of its allies. So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!

Among the countries surveyed, the Japanese are the most negative on the North, with 94 percent of them holding an unfavorable view, including 78 percent who say that they have a very unfavorable attitude, according to Pew Research.

We will be relying on the judgment of leaders in North Korea and its parent, China, to avoid that effect.

North Koreans have known to have helped construct a new soccer stadium in St Petersburg, where at least one citizen is reported to have died. "He's just trying to protect himself by reinforcing his country's military power", said analyst Cheong Seong-Chang at South Korea's Sejong Institute.

North Korea's biggest need is to pay for fuel, since the country doesn't come close to producing enough oil.

Aside from a USA attack, the most painful measure against North Korea could be a Chinese suspension or drastic scaling back of its oil shipments to the North.

The council also said it opposed a military solution to the North Korea problem and kept the door open to dialogue.

The Missile Defense Agency also is developing multiple kill vehicles that would allow each ground-based interceptor to attack multiple missile threats, said Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association.

A spokesman for China's foreign ministry said the two countries "maintain normal trade relations" and China's position on de-nuclearization on the Korean Peninsular is "firm and clear".

The inherent media bias can be gauged by the fact that if instead of North Korea it was Iran or Pakistan threatening to nuke the USA with ICBMs, would the response of the U.S. and its allies be that of strategic patience?

Though the strategy could potentially starve North Korea of some of its money, it's unlikely to really tighten the noose on North Korea without the buy in of China, Kim Jong Un's most important benefactor.

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