Korean Peninsula Tensions Risk Boiling Over

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Korean Peninsula Tensions Risk Boiling Over

by Stephen Lendman

On Wednesday, addressing State Department staff, Rex Tillerson stressed "leaning hard" on China to pressure Pyongyang on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula "backed up by very strong (US) resolve…"

"So it's a pressure campaign…to lean into people" to go along with Washington's agenda. "We've told them we're watching what you're doing." Punishment will be administered to non-compliers by sanctions and other means, he said.

His message was meant mainly for Beijing – on North Korea, trade and South China Sea issues. Friendly bilateral relations depend on playing ball with America was his message.

If Beijing doesn't come down hard on Pyongyang, Washington could sanction its banks, commerce and industry dealing with the DPRK, he warned, adding:

"(W)e've got a lot of work left to do to keep that pressur
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