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Reluctantstatesman
Rodyinhisspeecheswouldtelleverybody

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TensionsontheKoreanpeninsulaescalating
afterNorthKoreatestfiredaballisticmissi

Cooperationbringsprosperity
Rodysdecisiontoputinthebackburnerthe
SouthChinaSeadisputeintheAssociationof
S
TensionsontheKoreanpeninsulaescalatingafterNorthKoreatestfiredaballisticmissile
Loosemarbledidea
whichappearstobeKimJongIlsversionoffireworkstocelebrateanumberofkey TheongoingAssociationofSoutheastAsian
Nations(Asean)Summitofferspromiseforthe
anniversaries,hadshownthefaceofclearandpresentdangertotheworld.
crea
ThedangerisnotlessenedbythefactthatmostofKimsnucleartestsendedupaseither
NYTsslipkeepsshowing
dudsormisseditstargetcompletely.
ThecircleofRodysopponentsagainresorted
ThethreatfromNorthKoreaovershadowedconcernsovertheSouthChinaSeathatwas tofeedingoneachothersregurgitatedfake
ne
tabledaskeytopicintherecentAssociationofSoutheastAsian(Asean)Summit,whichcan
Nobigsurprise
beconsideredasetbacksincethemeetingwasmeanttocenterontheeconomicproblems
Acasemeanttogonowherewaspressed
facingtheregion. againstRodyMonday,meantmoreto
generatemaximummi
TheAseaninastatementsaiditwasmindfulthatinstabilityintheKoreanPeninsula
seriouslyimpactstheregionandbeyond. LeniundercutsRody
VPLeniappearsintentongettingthegoatof
ThemissiletestreportedlastSaturdaywastheseconddonebyNorthKoreathisyear. RodyassheadoptedtheEuropeanUnion
(EU)dem
AseanunderscoredtheneedforNorthKoreatocomplyfullywithUnitedNationsobligations
intheinterestofmaintaininginternationalpeaceandsecurity. ChinaRPgainscounted
IntheeightmonthsthatRodyhasbeenin
Asiftomocktheglobalconcernsonitsroguebehavior,NorthKoreaevenaskedlast power,therelationsbetweenthePhilippines
andChin
ThursdayfortheAseantobackitinitsfrictionwiththeUnitedStatesanditsalliestoprevent
whatitwarnedcouldbeanuclearholocaust. Goodwillshouldprevail
Chinahasbeentelegraphingoccasional
NorthKoreaalsosentitsThailandambassadortoManilarecentlytosuggestthatNorth
messagestoRodythatwhiletieshave
KoreanotbeputunderpressureduringtherecentAseanmeetings. improved,thesi

TheUShasstoppedtreatingKimstantrumsasajokeaftertheNorthKoreadidsimulations Harboringadeviant
onwhatappeartobeattacksonUScities. EnvironmentSecretaryGinaLopezmadesure
thateverybodyknowsofherbeingan
TheAmericanshaddeployedtheUSSCarlVinsonaircraftcarriergrouptowatersoffthe iconoclastCa

KoreanpeninsulatojointheUSSMichigan,anuclearsubmarinethatdockedinSouthKorea
Viciousnoisesturnedupanew
earlier. TheblitzkriegonRodyandhiswarondrugs
comeinpairsasiftimedbyanorchestra

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conduct
SouthKoreaaddeditsnavywillholddrillswiththeUSstrikegroupasashowofforce.

Alongwiththedeployment,USStateSecretaryRexTillersonruledoutanynegotiationswith Dutertenomicsgetsgoing
TherecentDutertenomicsforumwhich
NorthKorea,sayingtheUSwillnotrewardtheirviolationsofpast(UN)resolutions. assessedtheeconomicpoliciesunderRody,

Wewillnotrewardtheirbadbehaviorwithtalks.WewillonlyengageintalkswithNorth cameupwith

KoreawhentheyexhibitagoodfaithcommitmenttoabidingbytheSecurityCouncil Rodyburstsintoworldstage
resolutionsandtheirpastpromisestoendtheirnuclearprograms,hesaid. TimedidnotexactlynameRody,atleastnot
yet,asthemostinfluentialindividualinthe
TheNorthKoreantensiononlyunderlinedproblemsfacingtheregionwhicharefarbigger w

andmoreurgentthantheSouthChinaSeaconflictwhichisanoffshootoftherivalrybetween
Peacefuelsfederalismtrain
AsianrisinggiantChinaandtheUS. Rodysattentionhasturnedtothecraftingofa
newconstitutionthatwillembodyhisultima
ItalsobearsproofthatRodyistakingtherightwayforwardinputtingtheissueonthe
backburnerduringtheSummit. Asignificantoutturn
TherecentfoilingofanAbuSayyafraidina
IntheSummit,worriesoverNorthKoreaalsodisplacedtalksonthethreatsonextremismin Boholresortrepresentedamajorvictoryfor
the
theregion.

DutertehasinsteadreachedouttoChinatoboosttradeandseekfundingforitsmassive
infrastructurebuildupplan.HesaidtherecentPermanentCourtofArbitration(PCA)ruling
thatfavorsthePhilippinesinthedisputeisanissuebetweenChinaandthePhilippinesand
doesnotconcernotherAseanmemberswhichisparalleltothedesiresofChinaforbilateral
dialogstoresolvethedisputeamongclaimants.

ThepositionisalsoinaccordwithanAseanpolicyforbiddingmemberstatesfrommeddling
ineachothersdomesticaffairs.
Aseanarrivesatdecisionsthroughconsensusinwhichthedecisionofallitsmembersdictate
theoutcomeofdecisions.

TheactionsofNorthKoreaalsoindicatedthatthegrowingprosperityintheregionstillfaces
majorhurdlesthatwillgaugethenewregionalblocsabilitytoaddressissuesasasignificant
globalforce.

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