How the US Maneuvered Itself Into the North Korean Trap
Russian geopolitical analyst Gevorg Mirzayan outlines how US policy decisions got it into a crisis with North Korea, and how Washington can get out of it.
Earlier, Russia called on members of the UN Security Council to support a joint Russian-Chinese initiative on deescalating the situation on the Korean Peninsula following Tuesday's North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test.
"The last of these occurred a few days ago, proving a success, and bringing the country closer to the point of no return, which, it's worth recalling, involves the creation of an ICBM capable of flying to California with a compact nuclear charge packed onboard. After that, a 'military solution' could move from the table (on which, according to the Americans, it's always present) into the hands of generals, who will begin its implementation."
"In recent weeks and months, taking account of Donald Trump's 'warm' attitudes toward Beijing, the role of the Chinese factor in the US reaction has grown. For example, after North Korea's latest missile launch, US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said that Washington would push forward a new anti-North Korean resolution at the UN which, among other things, would include clauses on punishing countries which trade with Pyongyang."