South Korea To Enhance Missile Defences In Wake Of North Korea Threat

04 September, 2017, 11:42 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Pacom Commander, South Korean Defense Minister Discuss North Korea

South Korea said it will seek the most powerful United Nations sanctions to "completely" isolate North Korea.

Pyongyang fired an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 over Japan early on Tuesday, which it said was a mere "curtain-raiser" for the North's "resolute countermeasures" against ongoing US-South Korean military drills.

The missile was sacked as US and South Korean forces neared the end of their annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint exercises, a move which has always been seen as a form of provocation by the North.

US President Donald Trump later insisted that "all options" were on the table in an implied threat of pre-emptive military action, while on Thursday US heavy bombers and stealth jet fighters took part in a joint live fire drill in South Korea intended as a show of force.

"The national security team is monitoring this closely", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. To protect South Korean citizens and USA forces, she added, they discussed the alliance's decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, which she emphasized is a purely defensive capability.

South Korea's development of its ballistic missiles is limited to range of 800 km (500 miles) and payload weight of 500 kg (1,100 pounds) under a bilateral treaty revised in 2012.

Trump's unsent letter to Comey is now in Mueller's hands
That investigation, which had been overseen by Comey, is also looking into the financial dealings of several Trump associates. After FBI Director James Comey was sacked , the White House gave conflicting explanations as to why.

The two leaders discussed the issue as a way to boost the South's defence against growing threat from North in a telephone call, South Korea's Blue House said.

The Pentagon had said it was "actively" considering the revision.

Washington wants to change the South Korea deal to help cut its trade deficit with Asia's fourth-largest economy. -South Korean free trade deal with his advisers next week, in a move that could see him pull out of the accord with a key American ally at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The South, which hosts 28,500 USA troops to defend it, is banned from building its own nuclear weapons under a 1974 atomic energy deal it signed with Washington, which instead offers a "nuclear umbrella" against potential attacks.

Later on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in China.Just hours before the nuclear test, Trump talked by phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the "escalating" nuclear crisis.

Chung said he held talks over the phone with his US counterpart H.R. McMaster twice after the North's latest test.

Recommended:

  • Froome extends Vuelta lead, Lopez climbs to second win

    Froome extends Vuelta lead, Lopez climbs to second win

    The Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) completes the provisional podium in 2 min. Froome crossed the line six seconds ahead of Nibali, who finished seventh.
    Wisconsin Red Cross volunteers taking part in relief efforts

    Wisconsin Red Cross volunteers taking part in relief efforts

    The American Red Cross has scheduled more one-day boot camps to train volunteers to help with Harvey flood relief. I understand the generosity of the American public. "Many of them have lost everything".
    Penn State frat members cleared of felony charges in hazing death

    Penn State frat members cleared of felony charges in hazing death

    The most serious charges against him were dismissed, but he is still charged with counts of hazing and furnishing alcohol. The fraternity's permit from the Interfraternity Council to serve alcohol that night did not absolve them, she said.
  • USMNT 0-2 Costa Rica

    USMNT 0-2 Costa Rica

    The African champion was humbled on Friday, with Cameroon losing 4-0 in Nigeria to see its World Cup hopes slipping away. Panama in Orlando on October 6 and at T&T four days later - the Americans would claim third place.
    Minnesota Guardsmen deployed to help with Hurricane Harvey response

    Minnesota Guardsmen deployed to help with Hurricane Harvey response

    This deployment comes as a response to a request for help from teams in Texas. Arkansas Guardsmen are scheduled to deploy on Saturday. Friday from the Quonset Air National Guard Base.

    Pyongyang Claims It Has Hydrogen Bomb Small Enough to Mount on ICBM

    This story was first published on CNN .com " North Korea: Kim Jong Un observes missile-ready hydrogen bomb ". The North has previously claimed to have miniaturised a nuclear weapon but experts have cast doubt on this.
  • The Samsung J7+ is Samsung's Second Dual Camera Smartphone

    The Samsung J7+ is Samsung's Second Dual Camera Smartphone

    It has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage that you are able to expand for an additional 256 GB with the help of a microSD card. The front shooter is of 16MP potential having an aperture of f/1.9 lens, created for flawless selfies.
    Pakistan wants peace, stability in Afghanistan, says Asif

    Pakistan wants peace, stability in Afghanistan, says Asif

    The Trump administration will withhold more than $250 million in promised aid to Pakistan, U.S. officials told the Associated Press.
    Nasrallah: I Met Assad over ISIS Evacuation to Syria

    Nasrallah: I Met Assad over ISIS Evacuation to Syria

    Russia, which is providing air support to Assad's forces, says capturing the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province is the current military priority.
  • Kvitova downs Muguruza to reach quarter-finals

    Kvitova downs Muguruza to reach quarter-finals

    After saving this break point, and two that followed, Kvitova let out a huge "Pojd" roar, which really seemed to motivate her. After playing at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Kvitova is only playing in her eighth tournament of the year at the U.S Open.
    Kenya's ruling to nullify vote could influence other nations

    Kenya's ruling to nullify vote could influence other nations

    Thousands of Odinga supporters flooded the streets of Nairobi's Kibera slum and his strongholds in the western city of Kisumu . Mr Kwarteng fears that the incumbent governemnt may take advantage of their incumbency through the electoral commission.
    After five weeks, Trump bristles at his altered White House

    After five weeks, Trump bristles at his altered White House

    Likewise, Trump's confidantes outside the White House have said that the president has used the switchboard to call them. Schiller has told people close to him that he will be leaving the White House at the end of September .


Popular

Shubh Mangal Savdhan has a 'shubh' weekend collects Rs. 14.46 cr
The film is made on a large budget of Rs. 80 crore and it released in 2800 screens in India and 442 screens in overseas. Unfortunately, the full movie has been leaked online and several download links are being shared on social media.

Net Neutrality Debate: FCC Gets 22 Million Comments, Many From Bots
That really dives into one of the main problems with Pai's suggestion for how to make the open internet work. That's one of the key provisions the FCC now uses to enforce net neutrality.

Lewis wins for Houston, donates $195K check
Annika Sorenstam had a chance in 2004 for a third straight at Columbia Edgewater, but she finished two shots behind Hee-Won Han. She announced the day before the tournament started that she would donate her winnings from the week to the relief effort.

Capital Area Humane Society to send staff, transport vehicle to Texas
Chattanooga's Humane Educational Society is taking in pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding. Anyone who wants to help but can't bring in pets should donate to animal rescue programs in Texas, Bird said.

Shelley Berman, wry 'sit-down' comic and 'Curb' dad, dies at 92
His 1959 album Inside Shelley Berman was awarded a gold record and became the first comedy album to win a Grammy. Berman and his wife adopted a son, Joshua, as well, who died of a brain tumor in 1977 at the age of 12.