Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

US sets up missile defence in South Korea

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. talks to reporters Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. talks to reporters
Lance Thomas | 02 May, 2017, 00:34

South Korea's navy is planning to hold joint naval drills with USA aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson battle group, which has trained with Japanese destroyers in recent days, around the weekend.

Experts had originally thought North Korea would carry out a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch to celebrate the anniversary.

Tillerson, speaking on Fox News, also said USA intelligence reports suggest that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "not insane", indicating he might be a rational actor who could be negotiated with as the worldwide community seeks to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

Image: A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency.

About 8,000 police officers were mobilized and the main road leading up to the site in the southeast was blocked earlier Wednesday, Yonhap reported. 300 to 400 artillery pieces in this live-fire demonstration. An official from Seoul's Defence Ministry couldn't confirm those specific details.

"Submarines rapidly submerged to make torpedo-attacks at the "enemy" warships while fighters and bombers made zero feet flight above the sea to drop bombs on the targets", the report said.

Trump also has sought to press Chinese President Xi Jinping to exert greater pressure on North Korea, given China's status as the country's economic lifeline and sole major ally.

The United States and South Korea agreed to deploy THAAD in response to the threat of missile launches by North Korea.

The newspaper also mentioned that Washington has yet to name its new ambassador to Seoul three months after the departure of Mark Lippert and questioned whether Trump has "entirely left out South Korea in his picture for the Korean Peninsula".

(KOREAN) "It's highly likely North Korea will test the first propellant stage of an ICBM engine or test mid-range or long-range missiles with new solid-fuel engines".

Graham and Sen. John McCain had dinner with Trump on Monday.

The USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived Tuesday at the South Korean port of Busan for what was described as a routine visit to rest crew and load supplies. The U.S. 7th Fleet said two American destroyers were conducting simultaneous maritime exercises with naval ships from South Korea and Japan.

Crowds in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, laid flowers and paid respects at giant statues of the country's former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, one day after the minister of defence reiterated that the North was ready to use pre-emptive strikes or any measures it deems necessary to defend itself against "US imperialists".

Envoys from the United States, Japan and South Korea have also met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles programme. "I think North Korea would fire a missile (to flex its military muscle)".

On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a special meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

The JoongAng Ilbo daily said in an editorial that South Korea shouldn't be excluded from critical discussions surrounding North Korea, because "the destiny of our nation could be at stake".

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