Trump’s UN address reduces hope of peace on Korean Peninsula

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/20 16:28:39

US President Donald Trump vowed to "totally destroy North Korea" at his UN address Tuesday. This is not what one expects from a US president. Pyongyang aims to deter Washington by claiming that it is developing nuclear and missile technology that could hit the US. Washington should not ratchet up the rhetoric against Pyongyang.

Trump's anger toward Pyongyang is understandable. China firmly opposes North Korea's nuclear ambitions and has joined the UN in sanctioning the country. But it's increasingly clear that pressure alone cannot address Pyongyang's nuclear issue and actions should be taken to alleviate tensions on the peninsula. Vowing to "destroy" North Korea, Trump's UN remarks dampened public hopes for the US to ease the situation.

Facts prove Pyongyang won't yield to pressure. Pushing North Korea to its limit may eventually trigger a bloody war.

Chinese and South Koreans strongly oppose war. "Totally destroying North Korea" would bring an ecological disaster unbearable to Northeast Asia, and Northeast China, Shandong peninsula and South Korea would all be engulfed by nuclear fallout. Thus the US president, instead of boasting of military strength, should try to avoid such a war.

Neighboring North Korea, China and South Korea naturally have different feelings from Washington about the "total destruction." The US would be extremely selfish if it cannot understand Beijing's and Seoul's wish to peacefully address the issue.

If a nuclear war broke out, that would be a crime against Chinese and South Koreans by Pyongyang and Washington.

Eliminating potential security threats by war is crazy in the 21st century. The US may have the capability to destroy North Korea, but a peaceful solution would be the real victory.

Washington should address the North Korean conundrum in a way that conforms to the interests of all human beings, instead of pressuring and even destroying Pyongyang at the sacrifice of neighboring countries.

Confrontation between Pyongyang and Washington has escalated to a degree that we have never seen before. If Washington is worried about national security while possessing an overwhelming military advantage, then Pyongyang will only feel even more insecure. If the US President cannot calm down, how will the North Korean leader exercise restraint?

Washington is too obsessed with its strength. Its elites hold the view that as long as the US applies pressure to the full, it can crush any will that confronts the US. But the geopolitical rule tells us that some changes cannot be forced by threat of war. If the core interest of the other party is touched upon, it will mount a desperate resistance. 

Since taking office, Trump has demonstrated a realistic style rarely seen in previous presidents, yet Asia policy of the current administration is impractical. The North Korean nuclear crisis has seriously intensified.

Pyongyang must bear equal responsibility for the worsening situation. It's a delusion if North Korea believes it can break the stalemate by advancing nuclear and missile technology. The world won't accept North Korea as a legitimate nuclear state. There is no hope that it can overcome this view.

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