President Trump and Rex Tillerson's ultimatums and veiled threats to both China and North Korea regarding US military action against the latter's nuclear assets will backfire, according to Evan Resnick of Channel News Asia. US attempts at coercive diplomacy via China will fail, Resnick says. Among his many reasons, Resnick asserts that the US is wrong to presume that external pressure, even from China, will convince North Korea to divest from building its nuclear arsenal, since these weapons are the only bargaining chip the country has to ensure its stature against powerful nations. Therefore, they won't relinquish them easily, if at all.
Given the increasingly dangerous sitation in North Korea, the US Navy deploying a strike group in the western Pacific Ocean is a necessary show of strength, writes Edward Helmore in The Guardian. Quoting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, he describes the need for US action to counter the recent level of threats posed by North Korean nuclear missile tests. Given China's agreement that the days for discussions and diplomacy with Pyongyang are over, Tillerson affirms that moving the US Navy strike group is a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence to counter North Korea's threat in the region.