Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

May 03, 2017, 00:09
Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

The North Korean capital's broad, clean avenues were, by the authoritarian nation's usually over-the-top celebratory standards, fairly subdued ahead of Tuesday's 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean.

China is a traditional ally of North Korea and fought on its side in the 1950-53 Korean War. Despite deepening tensions on the Korean Peninsula, residents of the North korean cap.

Separately, the USS Wayne E. Meyer, a guided missile destroyer that is part of the Carl Vinson strike group, and South Korea's Wanggeon were scheduled to stage a combined tactical operation and live-fire drill on Tuesday, South Korea's navy said in a statement.

(Toru Yamanaka/Pool Photo via AP).

The U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, Joseph Yun, said China had "a very, very important role to play" and South Korea's envoy, Kim Hong-kyun, said they had also discussed how to get Russia's help.

The Trump administration has taken the unusual step of calling the entire US Senate to a meeting at the White House, for a briefing on North Korea with the US secretaries of Defense and State.

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Asked about the threshold for USA action, Haley told NBC's "Today" that "if you see him attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we're going to do that". United States defense officials described the port call as a show of force amid the rising tensions.

North Korea's official media reported early Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un personally observed the exercises. "Sarin gas doesn't have to be dropped", he said.

As Trump continues to issue strong warnings against North Korea's ongoing nuclear threats, his comments about Xi appear to reveal his expectations about China's role in resolving the North Korea issue. Graham, a defense hawk who dined with Trump on Monday night, said North Korea should not underestimate the president's resolve.

But sanctions will be the greatest tool at the Trump administration's disposal. A rapid tempo of North Korean weapons testing in the past year has pushed Kim Jong Un's authoritarian nation closer to developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the US mainland. But he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban Missile Crisis decades ago. John McCain, another Republican who joined Trump for the dinner, told a congressional hearing Tuesday, referring to the 1962 standoff with the Soviet Union that pushed the superpowers close to nuclear confrontation.

But with increasingly provocative statements and actions coming from North Korea, the emphasis is on military deterrence.

Nikki Haley, Trump's United Nations ambassador, said Monday the USA wasn't looking for a fight with Kim and wouldn't attack North Korea "unless he gives us reason to do something".

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The Trump administration has said all options, including a military strike, are on the table.

The allies also planned to hold another major joint naval practice involving the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the sea off the peninsula's east coast near the end of the month, the navy said.

The USS Michigan guided-missile submarine has already arrived at Busan, the South Korean military was quoted as saying.

According to South Korea's military, the DPRK conducted large-scale live-fire artillery exercises on Tuesday to mark its army anniversary.

SEOUL, April 25 (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military and a USA submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programmes. They heard sobering responses.

On Monday, he said dictator Kim Jong Un isn't as strong as he claims to be, and he blamed the global community for not doing more to rein him in.

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"A conflict on the peninsula would be unlike anything we have seen in decades", Kelly Magsamen, a former senior USA defense official, said.

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