Even before China joined all other members of the United Nations Security Council to condemn the latest show of missile bravado, the Chinese leadership had been preparing for this vote to indicate that their patience is also running out with North Korea. The Chinese leadership met to discuss North Korea’s launch of a second Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile in the dark of the previous night, and the subsequent announcement from President Moon Jae-in of South Korea that Seoul would be deploying four additional mobile launchers of its THAAD anti-missile system in response.
Despite assertions that all options are on the table, officials also note the US has made clear that regime change is not their goalDr. Mohamed A. Ramady
Despite the provocations, South Korea’s Moon has also stressed a second Korean War can never be allowed and the South Koreans have signalled their continued interest to start a dialogue, which was rebuffed as being ‘insincere’ by the North, bearing in mind what some US commentators have said that in the event of any military conflict on the Korean Peninsular "thousand of Koreans will die out there but no Americans will die over here”. This of course ignores how the thousands of US troops stationed in South Korea will somehow all miraculously escape unhurt in a North – South Armageddon.