Nuclear war threat grows as U.S. deploys THAAD to South Korea - Pyongyang

Nuclear war threat grows as U.S. deploys THAAD to South Korea - Pyongyang

"But, no, this is not something that's being singled out with regard to North Korea".

Yet the most perplexing issue for Tillerson could be how to navigate the fractious relationships the Asian nations have with one another. With different views on how to deal with North Korea, the THAAD installment, a consolidated Japan-U.S. partnership in the region and Trump vowing to get tough on China, the conditions seem unfavorable for a more cooperative, proactive stance on North Korea and for developing win-win Sino-U.S. relations in the short to medium term. Trump needs to recognize that multilateral talks are the way to go with the Kim regime.

The U.S. -South Korea commands will exercise a so-called Operation Plan 5015 during the 11-day Key Resolve drill, according to local media reports.

Five days later, the North launched four ballistic missiles, one of which reportedly landed within 200 miles of Japan's coastline.

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According to 38 North, the activity indicates North Korea may be prepared to conduct additional underground nuclear tests. North Korea has since warned that it could test-launch an ICBM "anytime and anywhere", in its first challenge to the new American president.

Wang, former deputy commander of the Nanjing Military Region, said China could not take the chance the next South Korean president would change policy and roll back the deployment. That offer fell flat.

Washington and Seoul insist the exercises are defensive in nature.

"China has made the decision to support North Korea", Long said. "You need the mother to reprimand the child".

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"South Korean exporters always face risks in China due to the Chinese government's great market dominance, with Beijing's THAAD retaliation laying bare Seoul's excessive dependence on the neighboring country", said Hong Seong-chul, a researcher at the Korea Small Business Institute.

The Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will be permanently stationed at Kunsan Air Base, about 150 miles south of the capital city of Seoul.

The conundrum for Tillerson is how to counter the North's highly destabilizing instigations to satisfy Seoul and Tokyo's concerns without alarming an already hyper-suspicious China about a perceived USA containment strategy. However, the Trump administration began its placement in early March. A political and economic confrontation between China and South Korea is already underway, and the new Korean administration may judge that it should quickly be addressed head-on.

We can expect more provocative action from North Korea in the coming weeks. Japanese and South Korean officials derided the policy as an excuse for doing nothing.

"I can not understand why there should be such a hurry with this", he said, referring to the Park administration's decision to allow the instalment of the THAAD. "The situation is deteriorating, and the stakes are much too high".

Mary Beth Long, an assistant secretary of defence in the Bush administration, said the USA should consider carrying out air strikes to stop missile tests. Barack Obama employed sanctions with engagement to clinch a nuclear deal with Iran, yet throughout his eight-year tenure pursued a completely different approach towards North Korea - sanctions without engagement.

"All northward roads and railways pass by Punggye-ri". In a show of defiance, the North fired four ballistic missiles into ocean off Japan last week. We randomly assigned half of these people to watch the video about Japan and South Korea.

"If the objective is making us give up our nuclear program, North Korea is not interested in any kind of dialogue", Ambassador Kim In-ryong, North Korea's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said. Thus far, however, the Trump administration has not articulated a strategy. North Korea has now raised tensions in East Asia to their highest level since Pyongyang's first-ever nuclear test in 2006, which is highly to cause shifts in traditional global power roles.