Congress to get briefings next week on North Korea, Afghanistan

31 Août, 2017, 18:05 | Author: Marc Bacque
  • People watch a TV screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch

Song and Mattis also talked about the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system to South Korea, according to a senior government official with knowledge of the discussions.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has already pledged that the military would shoot down any missile it deemed a danger to US or allied territory.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has warned Tokyo against "imminent self-destruction" for siding with Washington, as tensions soar after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan. But the answer is almost as complicated as the options now sitting in front of President Donald Trump for dealing with Kim Jong-un.

"We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone in giving our Aegis BMD ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase", said MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves in a statement.

North Korea has shown recent advancements in its technology by testing intercontinental ballistic missiles at high altitudes, reflecting progress toward being able to reach the continental U.S. with a nuclear warhead.

When the U.S. makes its next move, it should have the complete encouragement of all Americans - and all those wishing to stop dictatorships, especially ones that perpetuate human rights abuses, in their tracks.

The United Nations Security Council held a meeting on the situation with North Korea at United Nations headquarters in New York.

Arranged weeks ago, but the timing couldn't have been better. The aid was part of a nuclear deal that North Korea later violated.

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The Moon Jae-in administration wants to double the maximum weight of South Korea's ballistic missile payloads to 1 ton to help counter the North's growing threats.

Still, the U.S. response to far has avoided the heated rhetoric of earlier this month, when Trump warned of "fire and fury" against the regime if it continued to threaten the U.S. Stocks in Asia rebounded Wednesday after Trump's statement, while the yen fell against the dollar.

Trump's latest tweet drew criticism from some quarters in Washington.

"Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world", the President said.

North Korean state media called the launch over Japan just "the first step [.] in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam".

"No, we're never out of diplomatic solutions", Mattis said.

The North's latest test launch came as US and South Korean forces conducted annual military exercises on the Korean peninsula, angering Pyongyang which sees the war games as a preparation for invasion.


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