Hwasong-14 Missile Test: Can North Korea's Rockets Reach the US?

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

He has reached out, apparently unsuccessfully, to North Korea's ally, China, the one nation that can end this threat without massive bloodshed by cutting off all imports to the country with which it shares a land border while we impose a maritime quarantine on its seaports, denying any imports to a nation that relies on imports to survive.

"In my view, they have given up trying to influence North Korea", said Ramon Pacheco Pardo, a senior lecturer in worldwide relations at King's College London.

In June, Trump expressed disappointment with Chinese efforts to contain North Korea, having previously promised the Chinese would do more to de-escalate tensions.

This picture, released on July 4 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacting after the test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location. "Trade related to DPRK people's livelihood, especially those that reflect humanitarianism should not be influenced by the sanctions", Mr Huang said.

"There is no military solution to the threat of a nuclear North Korea", said Markey who is the ranking Democrat on the East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Subcommittee.

"If Trump were to give up on Chinese support in terms of containing North Korea, then there's a risk of increased trade tensions between the USA and China, which could negatively impact China's overall export performance", said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics. Apart from Russian Federation, other countries like China and Qatar also utilize the cheap labor and it amounts to human trafficking but, while sex trafficking is an immoral practice and attracts condemnation and penalties, the same has not happened in the case of human trafficking of North Koreans.

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First off, the quake was centered far offshore and very deep while North Korea's past nuclear tests were conducted on land.

What are the bad choices for the Western alliance in defanging North Korea before it miscalculates and sends a missile that prompts a war? North Korea still won't abandon its nuclear weapons because it is a matter of survival for the government.China knows full well that North Korea's defense and security is not a bargaining chip, it is not up for sale. He pointed to a 13.2 per cent drop in imports from North Korea in the same period as an example, adding that there have been decreases every month since March.

The next stages of North Korea's missile development will probably only be known when it tests another missile. North Korea is a sovereign country. The only realistic hope for a relatively bloodless resolution is for the US and China to act together to impose an air- sea-land quarantine on North Korea, cutting off all imports until the beloved leader is overthrown by coup or popular revolt or he agrees to a USA - verified permanent disarmament.

Clearly, acceptance of a nuclear-armed North Korea, with the capacity to strike against USA cities, is an unacceptable outcome, because Kim Jong-un's rationality is in doubt, and his glee at the prospect of vaporizing American cities and their inhabitants is palpable.

The generals applauded frantically, and then the gathering was treated to a North Korean version of a K-Pop concert in front of stirring footage of the missile launch itself.

"Sanctions and threats have not worked in the past", writes Kang, "and more of the same most certainly will not work in the future". The Trump administration isn't taking military options off the table.

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