The THADD missile defense system is not a 100% guarantee. By that time, the serving American president has only one option, namely, break the promises to both Seoul and Tokyo, and withdraw the soldiers back to the American territory as soon as possible.
To avoid such a shameful situation beforehand, the White House can only either launch a preemptive attack or sit down to negotiate. Given the first choice’s unbearable threats to a powerful China and an assertive Russia, what the U.S. is able to do, ultimately, is to talk.
At the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue held on June 21 Wednesday, Beijing officials informed the Trump administration of Pyongyang’s requests before entering into negotiation, and one of which is that the U.S. has to stop military drills jointly with the Seoul government. North Korea also voiced out this request directly by its ambassador in India.
This request, for national pride, is sensible and reasonable. Both sides can secure whatever economic and political supports from the allies — China and Russia for Pyongyang, European and American countries for Seoul. However, the presence of a joint military force to threaten the other side is morally unjustified. There are no Chinese or Russian forces stationing in North Korea whereas there are as many as 28,500 American GIs in South Korea.
President Trump is a businessman. As he knows how to calculate profit and loss, I say, Washington would accept China’s mediation to make a deal soon.
The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail.
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