March 21 2018

South Korea holds ultimate decision for military action on Peninsula

March 21 2018, 10:21 | Van Peters

South Korea holds ultimate decision for military action on Peninsula

Kim Jong Un had vowed to launch ICBMs toward Americans

Will the allies keep it low-key, or focus on projecting strength?

Tensions have soared on the peninsula in recent months, with Pyongyang carrying out its first successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), bringing much of the U.S. within range.

General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held talks with his Japanese counterpart at the defence ministry in Tokyo, wrapping up a regional tour during heightened tensions with North Korea.

"The drills deal with all the steps involved in a war, of course, towards victory", said Moon Seong-mook, a retired South Korean brigadier who regularly participated in the drills until the mid-2000s. Moon has also been forced to swallow his qualms about the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system and opt for a full-fledged deployment.

I'm a retired nuclear physicist; I've worked with people from both North and South Korea; we've had both to dinner at our home.

That, as well as positioning the forces for a major attack, would wipe out the element of surprise, in part because the North Koreans are believed to have a number of spies in South Korea and elsewhere, USA intelligence officials said.

Although remote, the danger of a U.S.

As the Associated Press noted, the drills "hold more potential to provoke than ever", and some are calling on the USA and South Korea "to postpone or drastically modify drills to ease the hostility on the Korean Peninsula".

According to the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, stockpiles of nerve agents are being produced and stored in as many as 11 different facilities in North Korea.

Harris has repeatedly said North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, are PACOM's biggest worries.

Washington has warned it is ready to use force if needed to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes but that it prefers global diplomatic action.

During this year's war games in March, North Korea launched four extended-range Scud missiles into the sea in what it described as a rehearsal for striking USA military bases in Japan. Back when North Korea first obtained the nuclear material would have been the time to act, but no one did. Americans need to recognize that Trump inherited the global threat that is North Korea from George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. "That's where we've been, that's where we are right now and that's where we hope to remain", he said. More North Korean bombs could indicate second-strike capacity and then there are questions about how much nuclear firepower the country could mobilize on a moment's notice.

Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "made a very wise and well-reasoned decision" by backing down after heightening fears of nuclear conflict in a series of combative threats, including against the USA territory of Guam.

Along these two tests'; the North has also conducted other 5 nuclear tests in the past which grabbed the attention of different authorities including UN.

The transcript was sent to The Associated Press Thursday by North Korea's U.N. Mission.

"As the US launched full-scale provocation against the DPRK across all fields of politics, economy and military, nothing can alter the will and resolve of the army and people of the DPRK to respond by taking resolute retaliatory measures", Kim told Guterres according to the North Korean statement. However, smart military planning means ensuring that exercises do not enflame an already tense situation. This is a firm agreement between South Korea and the US.

"In particular, he failed in inter-Korean relations", the paper said.

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, never explicitly said he would not fire missiles at the US territory of Guam, and a US-South Korea military drill that starts Monday may test his resolve and measure just how bold he's willing to be.

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