The US and North Korea are quietly communicating through the diplomatic back channels while the tensions between the two countries have been rapidly increasing. The tensions began because of Pyongyang’ ballistic missile tests and their nuclear program.
Joseph Yun, the US envoy to North Korea had negotiated the release of the imprisoned student Otto Warmbier with the North Korean diplomat Pak Song. However, it was known that the two diplomats continued their talks since that event.Although those talks haven’t done much to bring the two countries together, Yun has been the only envoy from the US that has been in contact with a counterpart from North Korea.
Although those talks haven’t done much to bring the two countries together, Yun has been the only envoy from the US that has been in contact with a counterpart from North Korea.
However, these tensions between the two countries have seen a steady increase since the death of Warmbier as well as Pyongyang’s launch of the two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) back in July.
Now, according to the US intelligence agencies, Pyongyang have miniaturized nuclear warheads with success. This puts North Korea a step closer to their goal of becoming a nuclear power.
Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State noted that the current administration was hoping to reach a diplomatic solution with North Korea, China, and Russia. Their aim is to convince North Korea to “reconsider the current pathway they’re on and to think about engaging in a dialogue about a different future.”
Unfortunately, in the midst of this call for diplomacy, Trump along with other members of the administration have continuously increased their rhetoric.
On Tuesday, Trump said “North Korea best it makes any more threats to the United States. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
However, to this, North Korea made a specific threat. They replied that they were going to attack the waters around Guam.
Then on Thursday, Trump doubled down on his warnings. “Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough? Maybe it wasn’t tough enough. They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries.”