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Mattis hints at secret 'kinetic' military options for North Korea

20 September, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Threats cannot help resolve crisis in Korean peninsula says China

On Saturday, US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone and agreed to exert "stronger pressure" on the North. The event marks the second provocation this month after the September 3 nuclear test, which appears to be the sixth and the strongest.

The relocation came after a North Korean missile was test-fired last week and flew over southern Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific off the island's east coast - the second flyover in less than a month. New measures included a cap on oil imports and a ban on textile imports but fell short of the original US proposal for a full oil embargo due to opposition from China and Russian Federation.

So far, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he had no plan to ask the USA to bring back tactical nuclear weapons to the country, despite growing pressure from conservatives.

The warplanes were dispatched after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan on Thursday, triggering a widespread emergency alert for those who call the region home.

Gardner recently introduced legislation that would impose a US economic embargo against any entity that does business with North Korea.

Its request, however, was rejected during talks with Joseph Yun, special representative for North Korea policy, and Eliot Kang, acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

Kim Jong Un has pledged to continue the North's programs, saying his country is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" in military force with the United States.

On North Korea's latest ballistic missile test last Friday, which saw a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile fly over Japan to land in the northern Pacific, Mattis said Japanese and USA military bases in Japan did not shoot it down because it wasn't "directly threatening any of us".

North Korea has tested three missiles in recent weeks and reportedly also tested a large bomb.

The mainstream argument against negotiating with North Korea, says Goldstein, is that you can't reward bad behavior. "On the one hand, he's suggested to North Korea that they need to work with the United Nations to denuclearize the Korean peninsula".

The U.S. military released 24 photos of the latest show of force, an apparent message to North Korea and the global community. We don't want war.

"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behaviour, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed".

Regarding a recent announcement by the Unification Ministry over its plan to send $8 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea via United Nations agencies, the defense chief said it is likely to be delayed.

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