Firing an ICBM over the land mass of one of our allies is reasonably construed as offensive. We have a treaty relationship with Japan.
Japan has been involved with conducting military exercises against them for many years. Do you expect them not to respond?
For the last three weeks, Japan, South Korea and the US have been engaged in large-scale joint-military drills on…www.counterpunch.org
What the media failed to mention was that, for the last three weeks, Japan, South Korea and the US have been engaged in large-scale joint-military drills on Hokkaido Island and in South Korea. These needlessly provocative war games are designed to simulate an invasion of North Korea and a “decapitation” operation to remove (Re: Kill) the regime.
Also it was not an “ICBM”. It was an intermediate range missile, the Hwasong-12.
Tell them that Mr. Tillerson has offered to have talks.
Tillerson is not an charge of deciding whether to take up their offer.
You are also inaccurate with regard to post Bush era. Bush refused to negotiate with the DPRK despite initially agreeing to talks.
However, having learned the lesson of the Clinton era, the Bush administration adhered to its “dismantle first, talk later” policy. The Six-Party Talks stretched on for years, punctuated by nuclear and missile tests in 2006, until North Korea finally withdrew from the Talks in 2009.
The net result of Bush’s hawkish policies was little better, if not worse, than those of the Clinton administration. The Bush administration failed (quite purposefully as some have argued) to achieve an agreement on denuclearization with North Korea.
Friday, March 23, 2001 8:30 - 10:00 A.M. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W…www.armscontrol.org
Following a meeting with visiting South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, President George W. Bush announced March 7 that his administration would not immediately pursue negotiations begun by the Clinton administration to constrain North Korea’s ballistic missile development and exports.
You seem to just buy the narrative of the MSM regarding the DPRK without doing any of the background work necessary to understand the context.