Law­mak­ers reach deal on sanc­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

lean­ers prefer­ing diplo­macy and 56 per­cent of Repub­li­can and Repub­li­can-lean­ers back­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion.

Ten­sion has re­mained high on the Korean Penin­sula over the past months be­tween the US and the DPRK over the US threat to stage mil­i­tary at­tacks against Py­ongyang in re­sponse to its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams.

The US and the Repub­lic of Korea also held their largestever joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises in the past months. At the end of April, the USS Carl

nu­clear air­craft car­rier task group ar­rived in the wa­ters off the Korean Penin­sula for a separate joint naval ex­er­cise with the ROK.

How­ever, a joint state­ment by US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son, Sec­re­tary of De­fense James Mat­tis and Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Di­rec­tor Dan Coats said in April that Trump aims to use eco­nomic sanc­tions and di­plo­matic mea­sures to pres­sure the DPRK to dis­man­tle its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams.

The state­ment also said that the United States re­mained “open to ne­go­ti­a­tions” to­ward peace­ful de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula while stay­ing “pre­pared to de­fend our­selves and our al­lies.”

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