(May20)In spite of the fact that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this Friday that any military solution would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale", the US is sending another aircraft carrier to the South Korean area.
|Mattis also said that Washington was also working internationally on a diplomatic solution. But by sending another aircraft to the region the US is just telling the North that it must indeed continue to develop missiles to defend itself. It will make it more difficult as well for the new president of South Korea to pursue a more conciliatory policy and reduce tension with the North. There could be increasing tension between the US and South Korea. There is considerable resistance to the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in the South and the new president campaigned against deploying it. However, since it is now deployed and operational he may not be able to change the situation.|