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Trump's North Korea threat leaves Asia struggling to explain

22 September, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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"Based on North Korea's demonstrated science and technological capabilities - coupled with the priority Pyongyang places on missile programs - North Korea probably is capable of producing UDMH domestically", Timothy Barrett, a spokesman for the director of national intelligence, told the Times.

The South Korean leader noted his country has successfully and peacefully hosted a number of global events, including the 1988 Olympic Games and two Asian Games, despite unrelenting and continued provocations from the North.

The drills, which include submarine rescue and anti-submarine exercises, are not directly linked to increasing tensions over North Korea, China's state-owned Xinhua news agency reported.

"What they don't want is to see a reunited Korea, a United States ally on the Chinese border", he said.

A USA military strike had about a 25 per cent possibility, Mr Rudd said.

Trump's National Security Advisor HR McMaster said the U.S. would "have to prepare all options" if sanctions prove insufficient to stop the North's weapons drive.

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in a speech on Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly of world leaders, said he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened and mocked its leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man" for his repeated ballistic missile tests.

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made it clear that dialogue is not working with Kim Jong-un's hermit state and sanctions must be enforced.

Johnson, who is now in NY for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings, met with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi to discuss the role it plays as the biggest single trading partner with North Korea.

China's Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily, has criticized the United States for demanding that Beijing put more pressure on North Korea to rein in its weapons programs. The move, which runs contrary to American and Japanese calls for an increase in economic and diplomatic pressure, marks a resumption in South Korean aid after a break of nearly two years.

What has North Korea said?

Tensions have been rising on the Korean Peninsula in recent weeks, following North Korea's sixth, and most powerful, nuclear test to date on September 3.

Instead, North Korea launched ballistic missiles over Hokkaido on August 29 and last Friday.

North Korean rhetoric never threatens a gratuitous attack upon the USA or its allies, but rather a fierce rejoinder should their country be attacked. US nuclear weapons were withdrawn from the Korean peninsula in the early 1990s at the close of the Cold War. But with two recently launched North Korean missiles flying over northern Japan, the potential for having to consider a shoot-down without a direct threat remains very real, according to one senior defense official.


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