North Korea showdown as Kim and MORTAL ENEMY set for explosive meeting

17 July, 2017, 22:39 | Author: Leticia Walters
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Frustrated that China has not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration could impose new sanctions on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang within weeks, two senior US officials said. With Chinese military ships spotted passing between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako, such instances of vessels sailing toward the Pacific Ocean will become more frequent, Tokyo predicted.

United States officials said the ship is plying the waters about 100 miles off the coast of Alaska in worldwide waters, arriving there before this week's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense test, which saw a missile launched from Kodiak Island, Alaska intercept another missile dropped from a military plane over the Pacific Ocean.

"The hermit nation's leader Kim Jong Un referred to the ICBM test as a "package of gifts" on U.S Independence Day".

Despite Pyongyang's ideological preoccupation with autarky, there are a surprising number of economic ties between North Korea and Russian Federation.

As for the US government under President Donald Trump, the report noted that the administration places importance on security in the Asia-Pacific region. USA ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley warned Security Council attendees that the "time is short" for diplomatic action, and that the Trump administration would be prepared to use considerable military preemptive forces if necessary. "I think they would only use this particular weapon in a Hail Mary- the state is collapsing, the regime is gone kind of situation". Thus, many Russian analysts argue that North Korea's nuclear program helps stabilize the situation, by giving Pyongyang more confidence in its security and by deterring the United States from launching a military strike. China has claimed the system could be used to intercept 1 of its own missiles. North Korea would fire on all cylinders, utilizing 100% of their capabilities, regardless of how limited or measured the United States' actions may be. A prolonged cut by China would threaten critical supplies of gasoline and diesel and force North Korea to find alternatives sources of refined fuel products.

Each satellite could be configured to carry multiple rockets and to defend itself from anything North Korea would use to try counter it, Obering said.

USA officials have also warned that China could face US trade and economic pressure - something Trump has held in abeyance since taking office in January - unless it does more to restrain its neighbor. Even sanctions, in Russia's view, are unlikely to change the logic behind Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, though they may play some role in freezing testing or further development.

Congress in 2013 required the Defense Department to research a third site for ground-based interceptors to defend the U.S. East Coast, in addition to the silos in Alaska and California. "Because once they feel that they can hold the USA mainland at risk, they feel the US will be much less likely to come to South Korea's aid".

But customs administration spokesman Huang Songping said Beijing was upholding the United Nations sanctions against the regime of Kim Jong-Un.

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