February 21, 2018

US Affirms Readiness to Defend Itself, Allies Against N. Korea

18 August 2017, 11:38 | Christie Tate

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The North Korean military has made progress in their missile testing, however, which is concerning for the USA, said Zachary Zwald, a UH political science professor who researches worldwide security and nuclear weapons.

A pre-emptive strike by the US, he said, would be condemned by the worldwide community and would endanger its close ally, South Korea.

"It's possible that they have discovered an additional uranium enrichment facility that we haven't known about", said John Schilling, a consultant with the 38 North website on North Korea at Johns Hopkins.

In view of North Korea's unpredictable behaviour, the United States and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation with India, South Korea and Australia.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in an interview early this week that "there's no military solution" to dealing with the DPRK's nuclear weapons program. But both Cabinet members sought to rebut the claim.

Mr Kono said Japan would strengthen its defence posture in response to the North Korean threat, as well as encourage China to fully implement United Nations sanctions targeting North Korea over its weapons programme.

"In the event of a missile launch toward the territory of Japan, Guam, the United States, South Korea, we would take immediate, specific actions to take it down", he said.

He says failing to stop Pyongyang's missile and nuclear program now would only pass on a "debt of fear" to generations of Australians.

Following North Korea's threat last week to launch four ballistic missiles across Japan toward the U.S. territory of Guam, Japan has deployed the PAC-3 system to four prefectures in western region that the missiles could fly over.

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U.S. -Chinese communications are especially crucial as "the region and world are facing the dangers of a nuclear-armed North Korea", according to a Joint Staff press release.

The comments break from Trump's message that the USA would respond with "fire and fury" to North Korean aggression.

Days after North Korea considered launching a pre-emptive missile strike on Guam, the U.S. Navy today awarded a contract for utility construction and site improvements for a future Marine Corps base on the U.S. territory.

-North Korean nuclear confrontation has escalated in recent weeks after Pyongyang's first successful tests last month of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Japan, which hosts some 50,000 American forces, voiced support for global efforts to pressure North Korea.

The ministers also called for an end to North Korea's "systematic human rights violations" while also demanding the immediate release of all foreigners held in the country, including Japanese abductees and U.S. detainees.

"They got us", Bannon told the American Prospect.

SEOUL - Foreign ownership of stocks traded on South Korea's secondary stock market has hit a new high, data showed Friday, as offshore investors turn to undervalued tech firms there after exiting the main bourse. He hammered the importance of what he called the "economic war with China", dubbing the tensions with Pyongyang a "sideshow" and rejecting the notion there's a military solution.

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