World War 3: Meetings in Japan as Tensions Mount
Representatives from Japan, America and South Korea have convened in Tokyo to discuss North Korea amid growing concern that the country may carry out another nuclear or missile test, an action the US have said would lead to a pre-emptive strike by the USA.
North Korea called the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson carrier group to the waters off the Korean Peninsula “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade.”
“The United States should not run amok and should consider carefully any catastrophic consequence from its foolish military provocative act,” Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said in a commentary.
President Donald Trump chastised the UN Security Council for underperforming and called on it to “impose additional and stronger sanctions” on North Korea during a meeting with UNSC ambassadors at the White House.
“The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable, and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on the North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” Trump said during the luncheon.
Trump also took a jab at the UN for ignoring threats like North Korea “for far too long.”
“This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem and it’s a problem that we have to finally solve,” he said. “People put blindfolds on for decades and now it’s time to solve the problem.”
Japanese officials say U.S. representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun met today with his Japanese counterpart Kenji Kanasugi and Kim Hong Kyun of South Korea to share their latest analyses and discuss cooperation as America moves a Nuclear Powered Submarine in to South Korea.
There is strong speculation that North Korea will carry out another nuclear or missile test to mark the anniversary of its armed forces today or tomorrow. It launched a missile one day after the 105th birthday of late founder Kim Il Sung on April 15.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the three envoys were to deepen cooperation and stay on the same page amid growing tension.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry also announced that China’s envoy for North Korea, Wu Dawei, will visit Tokyo later Tuesday for talks with Kanasugi.
North Korea’s capital was quiet amid expectations of some sort of a big event to mark the anniversary of the founding of the country’s military.
The morning came and went without any nuclear tests or ballistic missile launches and all that is publicly scheduled for the day are gatherings for mass dancing, a common celebratory feature of major North Korean holidays.
The main political event to mark the anniversary apparently was a “national meeting” held the day before, when thousands of senior military and civilian officials gathered at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un did not attend.