Only a few days after the Hawaii emergency alert blunder, US and its closest allies that fought together in the Korean War will meet in Vancouver, Canada in order to discuss further economic sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.
The meeting will be hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland, and was called before North and South Korea decided to open again the channels of communication in the past weeks.
The Vancouver meeting will revolve around deciding upon new economic sanctions, so as to achieve the maximum possible pressure against Pyongyang, a foreign policy move the Trump administration campaigned on. The meeting will be attended by the foreign ministers and senior diplomats of the countries that either sent troops to the Korean peninsula or humanitarian aid to the US Command during the 1950-1953 Korean war.
US President Donald Trump, despite blood-chilling threats that revive the fear of the Cold War, has stated that he is open to talks with North Korea, under certain conditions. On the other hand, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un did call for the meeting with its southern neighbor, although the jury is still out concerning his motives. Others praise his sudden change of heart and consider it logical, taking into consideration the fact that the economic sanctions are strangling his people; and then there are others who are highly skeptical and consider this move as an attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul over the joint military drills, set to kick off after the end of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
It is worth noting that China and Russia, which were on the communist side of the war and to this day remain close allies with North Korea, have voiced their opposition.
On Tuesday, North Korea’s state-run media published a statement on Trump’s comment about having a “bigger nuclear button” and commented that it’s the “spasm of a lunatic.”