May 27, 2018

Military options against N.Korea effective, overwhelming

17 Setiembre 2017, 08:18 | Bibiana Flor

Military options against N.Korea effective, overwhelming

Military options against N.Korea effective, overwhelming

While Trump's speeches and meetings will be closely followed, it will be North Korea, which Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls "the most risky crisis that we face today", that will be most carefully watched. Kim said the "combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified, operation members' capacity for actual war is also very flawless and the work for increasing combat power of Hwasong-12 has been realized", according to KCNA.

Instead, she suggested a verifiable freeze of the nuclear program and missile arsenal, which she said she believed China would support. Since 1998, it is the sixth North Korean missile to fly over Japan.

Kim stressed the need for the ability to launch a "nuclear counterattack the US can not cope with", according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Kim said his country has almost completed the building of its nuclear weapons force.

Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile.

North Korea's leaders have repeatedly said they need nuclear weapons to defend themselves against "hostile" USA forces, 35,000 of which are stationed in South Korea.

Hideshi Takesada, a North Korea and defense expert who is a professor at Takushoku University in Tokyo, told AFP that Japan plans to intercept a missile only when it enters its territorial air or objects fall onto Japanese territory.

The United States said on Friday it had military options to deal with North Korea, signalling its patience for diplomacy is wearing thin after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean for the second time in under a month.

Trump has also threatened "fire and fury" in response to North Korea's threats.

The North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs are foremost on the president's agenda.

Trump's United Nations envoy called North Korea "reckless".

While commenting on North Korea's new missile launch, he said that economic pressure on Pyongyang had proved to be ineffective, while military threats only angered the country's leadership.

In Friday's test launch, the Hwasong-12 travelled 3,700 kilometers, demonstrating that Guam is well within its range. "There's no military solution here, they got us". "Without implementing this, we also will consider it as a non-compliance with the resolution".

It also demanded that the DPRK comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions as well as the statements of its President by suspending all activities related to its ballistic missile programme and, in that context, re-establish its pre-existing commitments to a moratorium on missile launches. But the new sanctions were a compromise.

Ambassador Cui Tiankai told reporters at an embassy event: Honestly, I think the United States should be doing... much more than now, so that there's real effective global cooperation on this issue.

The president has until a October 15 deadline to decide if the Iranian regime has violated any parts of the agreement and if the USA should remain in it, The Washington Post notes. "It's about action", Haley told reporters Friday in the White House press briefing room.

Cui said the US, not China, needed to take more responsibility for the issue.

"I think they're deepening their isolation, economic and diplomatic".

He said the US should "find an effective way to resume dialogue and negotiation".

"I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night", Trump wrote.

US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart have pledged "stronger pressure" on Pyongyang, Seoul said Sunday, after North Korea defied tough new sanctions with a missile test and said it wanted to match American nuclear strength.

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