China: Control your North Korea!
Once again, Kim Jung Un has launched an intercontinental Ballistic Missile that fell into the sea. Presumably, our intelligence community determined that it could travel as far as 4000 miles and hit Alaska.
An initial Net Assessment delineated the deadly weapons as an intermediate-range missile. However, they were waiting for further data to make a definitive diagnosis. Our IC has determined that the NK missile was launched from Banghyon Air Field in the northwestern town of Kusong. It flew about only 578 miles before landing in the waters separating NK and Japan.
This useless NK action should have been preempted by President Xi Jiping of China.
POTUS Trump had warned Xi ‘end this nonsense once and for all.’ [NY Times, 7/4/17]. Even Vladimir Putin has initiated a meeting where some sort of diplomatic solution can be found. NK borders Russia as well as China. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov warned NK : “.. more arguments to those who seek pretexts for new escalation of tensions.” [Interfax,7/4/17].
China carries the main burden of restraining Kim’s provocative behavior. Xi has been responsible for allowing financial and military resources to replenish NK’s debilitating economy and military from descending into complete bankruptcy. In turn, China is afraid of NK imploding from any attempt at ‘regime change’. They fear that the flood of 23 million impoverished NK peasants over the NK border into China would ultimately destabilize their tight PRC control over an already poor Chinese economy and restive population.
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