Korea tensions rise ahead of US-South Korea joint military drill

Dec 04, 2017, 00:54
Korea tensions rise ahead of US-South Korea joint military drill

"I think it's increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem", McMaster told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California when asked if North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday had increased the chance of war.

A natural quake of magnitude 2.5 was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, Seoul's weather agency said. "And whether it's a success or failure isn't as important as understanding that over the years he's been learning from failures, improving, thereby increasing his threat to all of us".

The United States, Britain, France and six other countries on Friday requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on human rights abuses in North Korea, which is already under fire for its missile and nuclear tests. The launch constitutes North Korea's 15th missile test in 2017, and third-ever ICBM test.

DONALD Trump's national security adviser said the possibility of war with North Korea increases "every day" as the rogue nation said America was "begging for war".

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United Nations Security Council ministers will meet on December 15 to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missiles programs and the body will also meet separately this month to discuss human rights abuses in the North Asian country, an annual meeting that its ally China has tried to prevent for the past three years.

Trump is "staging an extremely unsafe nuclear gamble on the Korean peninsula", a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a written statement that also calls Trump a "nuclear demon" and a "disruptor of global peace".

It is likely the ballistic missile, fired higher than any previous North Korean missile, broke up as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere, the official said.

North Korean officials made similar comments last month.

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North Korea has warned that a "reckless" joint military drill by the US and South Korea could spark a nuclear war.

"Long Live the General Kim Jong-un who has brought us the great historic cause of nuclear statehood", another banner read.

About 28,500 USA troops are stationed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from the North. "I don't think anybody likes a military solution. U.N. Security Council measures".

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