Kim's N. Korea gains a little economically, a lot militarily

Kim Il Sung in 1980 Kim Jong Il in 2010 and Kim Jong Un in 2017 in Pyongyang North Korea

European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini, with the backing of Sweden, Ireland and others, has been looking at how the European Union could promote discussions to help avert conflict over North Korea.

One reason that Russian Federation prefers a more conciliatory policy toward Pyongyang is self-interest.

North Korea has constantly demanded South Korea do away with the loudspeakers, which blare news of the outside world and criticism of the North's leader Kim Jong-un, as well as South Korean pop music, toward the tightly controlled regime. It was reported as North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un's gift to the United States.

"I think Kim Jong-un could wage nuclear war if his power is threatened, and that is why he needs to be removed as soon as possible", Song Byeok, a former propaganda official, told The Independent in May, confirming Thae's assessment. Direct military action is almost unthinkable- millions would be harmed, and China would likely be even more upset about a devastated North Korean peninsula at its borders than a unified capitalist regime there.

1993: North Korea announces its withdrawal from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, touching off an worldwide nuclear crisis.

"South Korean authorities should not persistently depend on outsiders...but opt for improving the North-South relations and achieving independent reunification by pooling efforts with the compatriots in the North". About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea.

The main reason that Russian Federation has adopted a more conciliatory stance toward North Korea, though, is that the Kremlin interprets Pyongyang's behavior very differently than does Washington or its allies.

North Korea has said it will not allow another round of reunions unless the South sends 12 North Korean waitresses back to the country.

The Trump administration last month took steps to penalize a Chinese bank, a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese citizens in an attempt to reduce North Korea's access to the global financial system. After the launch, Kim says he won't put his weapons programs on the negotiating table unless the United States ends its hostility and nuclear threat. Like Beijing, Moscow has no interest in seeing the North Korean government replaced by a unified Korea allied with the United States. Hostilities in the Korean peninsula would impact heavily and negatively on the Philippine economy not only because of Filipino workers losing their jobs but also on Philippine tourism which is being sustained by Korean and Chinese tourists.

The two Koreas have been divided since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Myanmar was for years accused of purchasing Pyongyang's ballistic missile technology.

Frustrated with China's unwillingness and inability to pressure Pyongyang to change course, Washington is casting about for other options.

It said: "In the Asia-Pacific region, anxiety is highest among Pyongyang's closest neighbors-Japan, the Philippines and South Korea, where around 60% or more say they are very concerned". "A plurality of Vietnamese and Filipinos say the nuclear problem should be handled by deepening ties with North Korea, and in Indonesia, large shares volunteered that neither was a good strategy (18%) or said they did not know (23%)".

The EU called for a diplomatic and political solution rather than a military solution to realize the North's denuclearization.

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