US Secretary of State Announces Strategic Patience Policy With North Korea Has Ended

It appears to me that the Trump administration’s get tough on North Korea policy that includes increased emphasis on military strike rhetoric is aimed more at China than North Korea.  Tillerson seems to be basically signaling to the Chinese that if they don’t enforce stronger sanctions and reign in North Korea then the US will by military means:

In a press conference in Seoul, Tillerson declared the end of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s “strategic patience” policy and signaled a sharp turn toward a tougher policy involving ramped-up sanctions, pressure and even military actions.

“The policy of strategic patience has ended,” he said. “We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table.”

Tillerson said that military measures could be one option if the threat from the North gets too high.

He also ruled out the possibility of any immediate negotiations. He noted that conditions are “not ripe” for any talks with the North, while calling on China to do more to induce a meaningful change in its behavior.

In Tokyo, he emphasized the need for a “new approach” after the failure of the past two decades of talks and aid to the North on hopes that it will take the path to denuclearization.

He didn’t provide details but provided a glimpse into what appears to be the Trump administration’s new policy toward the recalcitrant North, experts said.

Wang, meanwhile, hinted that China doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the U.S. on how to deal with the North. He said that diplomacy should be pursued and called for the resumption of the long-suspended six-party denuclearization talks.  [Yonhap]

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KoreaWatcher
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Turtle Farmer
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Yeah… But the Compost is every bit as reliable as CNN…

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I’m wondering if the term “Strategic Patience” was something created by Trump’s people or what Obama’s called it? Because it was less about patience and more about impotence and apathy.

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Ville Ranger
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The Council of Foreign Relations says the term was coined by Sec. State H. Clinton in 2009.

I guess the Russians hack them too?

(Policy Wonk Article. Fairly apolitical)
http://www.cfr.org/north-korea/us-policy-toward-north-korea/p29962

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“Strategic Patience”

Hahahhhaha!

I’m not an unattractive loser. I am exercising Strategic Celibacy.

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Do the North Koreans actually believe their own propaganda?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4333616/Kim-Jong-releases-anti-American-propaganda-video.html

‘A knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier, while the bomber will fall from the sky after getting hit by a hail of fire’ says the narrator according to Yonhap News Agency.

Always enjoy North Korea’s over-the-top rhetoric. Like reading comic books when I was a teen.

I’m thinking that the “Strategic Patience” shown by the previous administration was used by the DPRK to “Strategically Prepare new weapons systems.”

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