China and Russian Federation begin naval drills near North Korea

20 September, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Garry Little
  • The president's national security adviser H.R. Mc Master said of war with North Korea'Now it's not what we would prefer to do. So what we have to do is call on all nations call on everyone to do everything we can to address this global problem short

U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets flew over the Korean Peninsula during joint drills, in South Korea on Monday, Sept. 18.

The allies conducted the drills after repeated provocative missile launches by North Korea, which have been met with calls for a peaceful solution from both countries.

It also said that the goal of the new United Nations sanctions, approved on 11 September, was to "physically exterminate" the country's people, system and government.

And on Sunday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the Security Council had run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear programme.

North Korea's latest missile launch renewed discussion in the Trump administration about how military force could be used to stop Kim's development of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.

The North launched its latest missile as it protested against tough new United Nations sanctions over its sixth nuclear test on September 3.

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The move comes with tensions on the Korean peninsula at fever-pitch after Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear test and fired two missiles over Japan in the space of less than a month, sparking emergency warnings to take cover.

China's Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily, has criticized the United States for demanding that Beijing put more pressure on North Korea to rein in its weapons programs.

The latest missile trials from North Korea are also recalled.

Alarmed by North Korea's advancing weapons programs, many conservatives in South Korea have called for the reintroduction of USA tactical nuclear weapons in the South.

Kim also said the country, despite "limitless" global sanctions, has almost completed the building of its nuclear weapons force and called for "all-state efforts" to reach the goal and obtain a "capacity for nuclear counterattack the USA can not cope with". He identifies the North Korean threat as unprecedented, serious and immediate.

New measures included a cap on oil imports and a ban on textile imports but fell short of the original USA proposal for a full oil embargo due to opposition from China and Russian Federation. But with two recently launched North Korean missiles flying over northern Japan, the potential for having to consider a shoot-down without a direct threat remains very real, according to one senior defense official. The U.S. and Japanese jets also flew in formation over waters near Kyushu, Japan, a southern portion of the country that is the closest major island to the Korean Peninsula.

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