Trump cannot go to war with North Korea: Analyst

The recent developments in the United States and on the Korean Peninsula have left no other option for President Donald Trump than to make peace with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, says an American analyst.

Don DeBar, a New York-based radio host and political analyst, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV about the Trump administration’s reaction to Pyongyang’s tests of ballistic missiles and nuclear deterrents.

According to the South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pyongyang test-fired an unknown ballistic missile on Sunday. The US Pacific Command confirmed the launch.

“Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea,” the White House said in a brief statement Sunday, adding the country “has been a flagrant menace for far too long.”

After flying over 700 kilometers (435 miles), the missile landed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) surrounded by the Korean peninsula, Japan and the Russian far east.

The missile impacted “so close to Russian soil … the president cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,” the White House said.

DeBar said the Trump administration was torn between a hard approach and soft approach that he was pushing behind the scenes.

“The White House has been calling for tighter sanctions, the media here of course in the US has been looking to going to war with the DPRK really since the 1990s,” he argued.

However, South Korea’s new president might hurdle those plans, the analyst argued, referring to Moon Jae-in’s willingness to de-escalate tensions on the Korea Peninsula.

“Clearly the United States can’t stage any military action against the DPRK without the consent and cooperation from… South Korea,” DeBar explained. “It appears that the president was elected to follow an entirely different track there.”

Trump’s campaign pledges not to carry out anymore regime changes or military interventions were also going to get in the way of a possible conflict, the analyst said.

“Trump has the media here calling for Kim’s head and for some sort of punitive action against the DPRK and I guess the rhetoric that he has been spouting could be used as a cover for some sort of backroom negotiations involving China and both Korean governments,” he further argued.

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