The United States rejected Wednesday a compromise proposed by China to resume international discussions with North Korea, accusing Pyongyang who has just made new missile shots to behave irrationally.
Beijing, the main ally, and protector of the North Korean regime have proposed that the North suspend its nuclear program in exchange for the cessation of military maneuvers launched by the United States in South Korea in order to avoid a “collision” between The two Koreas.
But North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-Un have irrational behavior, incompatible with diplomacy, argued the American ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and the State Department. For Ms. Haley, Kim Jong-Un is a “person who does not act rationally, who does not think clearly”: “If it were any other country, we would discuss it and it would not be a problem.”
“North Korea’s behavior is not rational,” US diplomatic spokesman Mark Toner said.
Ms. Haley spoke after a closed meeting of the Security Council to discuss possible measures against North Korea, which on Monday launched new ballistic missile shots.
The Chinese proposal aims to “bring the parties back to the negotiating table,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, referring to the six-party talks in Korea, Japan, Russia, China and the United States. Years.
– ‘Menace’ –
But if the State Department said that it was “open to dialogue,” it immediately aroused enthusiasm: “It would not be a fair exchange for us to suspend our military maneuvers fully justified in the face of the threat of North Korea For the Peninsula “.
Pyongyang had proposed in January 2015 to temporarily suspend its nuclear tests if the United States canceled their maneuvers planned each year in South Korea but Washington and Seoul had refused.
The communist regime fired on Monday at least four ballistic missiles with the intermediate range to Japan, on its own admission to training to hit the American bases installed on the Japanese archipelago.
Desiring to “re-evaluate how to proceed with North Korea”, Haley said that “all options were on the table”, without excluding the resumption of discussions.
“It is the responsibility of North Korea to take meaningful steps towards denuclearization and avoid provocations,” Toner said.
The other major powers also deemed that Pyongyang should show goodwill.
These movements are “not a threat to peace and security in the world,” said British ambassador Matthew Rycroft, his French counterpart François Delattre believing that “North Korea must demonstrate by concrete actions and Sincere that it is ready to renew dialogue “.
Chinese Ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi, insisted on the need to “reduce tensions”. Beijing is worried about the deployment by the United States this week of a missile shield in South Korea.
– Sanctions circumvented –
On Tuesday, the United States submitted a text to the Security Council condemning the shooting, a way for Washington to test the Beijing reaction. The text was finally adopted unanimously by the 15 countries of the Council.
The North Korean regime has “categorically rejected” the UN condemnation, according to its Foreign Ministry, which accuses the US-South Korean military maneuvers of having urged him to “take the toughest measures.”
The Security Council has already imposed six sets of sanctions on the communist regime, which nevertheless carried out two nuclear tests in 2016 and several ballistic missiles.
In addition, according to a UN report released in late February, North Korea sidestepped the harshest sanctions by using intermediaries or screens companies to continue trading with Malaysia and China.
Under the existing sanctions, China announced last month that it completely ceased its imports of North Korean coal, depriving Pyongyang of a financial windfall.
After the shootings, US President Donald Trump reiterated the “unwavering commitment” of the United States to the security of Japan and South Korea. Its head of diplomacy Rex Tillerson is expected from March 15 to 19 in Japan, South Korea, and China.
France, for its part, indicated that it was discussing new measures against Pyongyang within the framework of the European Union in order to fill the gaps in the UN sanctions