The regime in Beijing doesn't want to see a nuclearized South Korea and Japan to counter the growing North Korean threat. That's according to a national defense analyst with the Family Research Council.
On Tuesday President Trump reiterated that "all options are on the table" in dealing with North Korea – which he said has "signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior."
He made those comments after the rogue nation tested yet another ballistic missile (pictured above), this one passing over Japanese airspace. Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, strongly criticized the test, saying it "violated every single U.N. Security Council resolution that we've had – and so I think something serious has to happen."
Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.) is senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council. He doesn't believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is going to change his colors or surrender his weapons.
"Unless there is a regime change and the people who take over from him, through hook or crook, decide [they're] going to abandon this and [are] no longer going to pursue nuclear weapons – that's the only way I can see reconciliation," Maginnis offers.
The president followed up his comments on North Korea earlier today, saying "talking is not the answer" after Kim's regime upped the stakes by calling for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.
"... I can see ultimately keeping South Korea and Japan from progressing toward what China doesn't want – and that is a nuclear neighborhood," Maginnis continues, noting that the Japanese appear poised to move forward to amend their constitution in order to do so – and there's pretty much nothing the U.S. could do to stop that, he adds.
"We could only encourage them by being a faithful partner and saying You don't need to go there because we're going to defend you," he explains. "They're a pretty rich country and ... an industrious people and they could very well develop a lot of capability very rapidly."
The Pentagon advisor says the Chinese remember well what the Japanese did during World War II – and that, he contends, could compel them to take care of the North Korean nuclear problem themselves.
The Associated Press reports the U.S. conducted a missile defense test on Wednesday that resulted in the successful intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii. The test was conducted by the Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors.