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Former officials who’ve worked on North Korea policy almost uniformly agree with a former member of Obama’s Defense Department, who says, “There are options when dealing with North Korea, just not really good ones.”
Kim shows no signs of backing down to anything or anyone, although, as NBC News reported, the Chinese are trying to alert Kim about going too far with missile tests and other provocative acts.
China warned of a “head-on collision” Wednesday unless North Korea stops launching banned missiles and the United States and South Korea halt their joint military exercises.
“The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming toward each other, with neither side willing to give way,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Beijing at his annual news conference for the opening of the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament.
“The question is: Are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision?” Wang said. “Our priority now is to flash the red light and apply brakes on both trains.”
Pyongyang threatened “actual war” against America earlier this week, as those aforementioned military exercises began. He essentially declared Malaysians in his country hostages, refusing to allow them to leave as the investigation into the murder of his half-brother continues. The growing international consensus is that it was Kim who ordered the hit.
So, is Kim Jong-Un crazy? A few months ago the now former president of South Korea offered her answer. Yonhap quoted her as saying,
“Kim Jong-un does not listen to any voice, and this leads us to view Kim Jong-un’s mental state as uncontrollable.”