South Korea joint military exercises provocative

22 August, 2017, 21:54 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • South Korean soldiers participate in an anti-terror and anti-chemical terror exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise last year

Now comes the hard part of fulfilling the declared goal of its leader Kim Jong Un: perfecting a nuclear device small and light enough to fit on the missile without affecting its range as well as making it capable of surviving re-entry into the earth's atmosphere.

Launched in 2004 to enhance cooperation between the two Koreas, the complex reportedly provided more than $100 million a year in wages to some 54,000 North Korean workers and contributed nearly $2 billion in trade for Pyongyang before it was closed in February 2016 after Pyongyang's nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

The messages come after Pyongyang just last week said it had finalized plans to fire four missiles toward the US territory of Guam, though North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ultimately made a decision to hold off to "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees", - a statement seen as backing down on the threat, possibly under pressure from China. "They sound insane, but they're not insane, they're not irrational", Lee said. "The advantage of a thermonuclear warhead is that it packs a lot more power into less weight".

Today's threat came as top USA generals, including Adm Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, visited South Korea. But, because of the increased attention on the Korean peninsula, North Korea's allies of China and Russian Federation are making louder calls to freeze these exercises in the interest of getting North Korea back to the table to talk about de-escalating aggression on the peninsula.

Harris, Hyten, and Greaves will observe the exercises this year amid heightened tensions with North Korea. Days after the drills, the North carried out its fifth and biggest nuclear test to date.

The drills are to run through August 31 and involve 17,500 US servicemembers with approximately 3,000 coming from off the divided peninsula, officials said.

The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said that the military alliance between his country and Japan was rock solid and reaffirmed the US' commitment towards the defence of its allies. "The re-entry vehicle has to survive and the warhead work", he said.

"There is no stepping back for North Korea". However, the United States and South Korea maintain they are purely defensive.

On the possibility of resuming talks with Pyongyang, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Wednesday there should first be goodwill gestures from North Korea - stopping nuclear testing, ballistic missile testing and destabilizing activities in the region.

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Instead, Pyongyang has spent most of the year testing various types of missiles.

Tensions on the peninsula appear to have calmed down since late July when Pyongyang fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile within a month.

The "lax enforcement" of existing sanctions and Pyongyang's "evolving evasion techniques" were undermining the United Nations goal of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, Kyodo quoted the report as saying.

China accounts for more than 90% of North Korea's global trade.

North Korea warned Sunday that the upcoming U.S.

"Countries like Australia that join the military adventure against the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea], blindly following the USA, will never avoid the counter-measures of justice by the DPRK", it said.

Dresnok pledged his loyalty to the "great leader Kim Jong-un", his sons Ted and James Dresnok said in a video interview posted on the state-run Uriminzokkiri website.

"North Korea will conduct a sixth nuclear test in order to bring the United States to negotiations", said Yoo Ho-yeol, professor of unification and diplomacy at Seoul's Korea University.

China again called for the "dual suspension" of North Korea's nuclear weapons program and U.S.


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