South Korea preparing to request military talks with North Korea

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It was the Moon government's first formal proposal for talks with North Korea since its May 10 inauguration.

USA military bases in the region, and their allies would also be targets of a punitive strike.

The launch was believed to have been a successful test of a ballistic missile with inter-continental range.

South Korea President Moon Jae In, who took office in May, has been advocating engagement with North Korea despite high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear arms and missile programs, in stark contrast to his two predecessors, who maintained a harder-line policy toward the North. This represents a real threat to Americans that can no longer be endured or entrusted exclusively to the leisurely pace of diplomatic negotiations. China's ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi, pushed for an end to combined U.S.

In August 2015, North Korea's No. 2 leader, Hwang Pyong So, and South Korea's national security director, Kim Kwan-jin, met at Panmunjom and reached a deal on averting possible bloodshed over a land-mine blast that maimed two South Korean soldiers.

That latest launch prompted the U.S.to warn it would consider all options, including cutting trade with countries that continue to do business with the regime, even though North Korea's top trade partner - China - is also the U.S.'s. But we've been down that road before multiple times and it leads to nowhere. Nothing short of verifiably dismantling them will do. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at the time that the measures were "in no way targeting China" but instead focused on "North Korea's external enablers". China failed to help but got thanked, nevertheless, for trying.

The draft white paper also touched on China. The U.S. has recently imposed sanctions on Chinese firms suspected of channeling funds for North Korea's development of nuclear weapons, and its effect is yet to be felt. After the initial price surges in early July, prices of both diesel and gasoline have stabilized, probably because North Korea has encouraged fuel smuggling across the Chinese border, according to defector Kang Mi-jin who is in communication with traders in North Korea. It would endanger our hostage military force in South Korea and possibly our bases in Japan. We do have some bargaining chips with Beijing in this regard including a warning that we may otherwise extend diplomatic recognition to Taiwan and provide them with significantly more military aid. "Global action is required to stop a global threat".

If anyone has a better idea, I'd love to hear it unless it involves more endless negotiations, piecemeal sanctions or toothless United Nations resolutions.

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