U.S. considers shooting down N.Korea missile tests

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

Suga, the Japanese government spokesman, said Japan hopes to discuss policies on North Korea with Pence and to convey a growing sense of urgency over its missile tests and other actions.

Trump says the USA wants peace and he hopes North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un wants peace.

During the interview - which aired the morning after Trump live-tweeted the show - host Ainsley Earhardt raised the topic of North Korea. "It's an inhospitable place-it's cold and barren".

Pence is on a 10-day, four-nation tour of Asia, where he's meeting with longtime US allies South Korea and Japan.

US officials have long speculated that North Korea could soon stage another nuclear test or carry on with missile tests.

"We do stand by South Korea, but even if that were to happen, the president should come to Congress and ask for a vote, because the Constitution doesn't allow for him to go to war without our approval".

Trump wrote Sunday on Twitter that China was working with the United States on "the North Korea problem".

If North Korea collapsed and was absorbed by the South, the unified government would probably seek to maintain its US alliance as insurance against an even more powerful neighbor: China.

United Nations diplomats said the proposed statement had consensus from the other 14 Council members, including China, North Korea's biggest ally and a Council permanent member.

North Korea attempted to deploy another missile this weekend - but the launch failed. But at the same time, McMaster said on "This Week" on ABC that "it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully".

A fresh U.S. warning to North Korea and the Chinese government's description of the situation in the Korean peninsula as sensitive and fraught with risk show that the explosive situation that has developed there in the last few days continues without abatement.

The White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence told reporters that the type of missile that North Korea tried to fire on Sunday was medium-range, and that it exploded about 4 to 5 seconds after it was launched. His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the USA would rely on its allies as well as Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.

Later Monday, Pence said in a joint statement alongside South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn that the United States' commitment to its ally is "iron-clad and immutable".

America, he said, "has created a unsafe situation in which thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and pose a serious threat to world peace and security".

Soon after Trump took office, he pulled the USA out of the TPP - which needed all the signatory nations to ratify the deal.

However, Trump has also shown the willingness to link trade to other issues, saying he would cut a better trade deal with China if it exerts influence on North Korea.

The probability of Aegis interceptors missing a North Korean target would be embarrassing for the United States and embolden Pyongyang.

The North, which is intent on developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States, defied global pressure Sunday with a test that failed immediately after launch.

Speaking with reporters on his way to the Middle East, Mattis said the most recent test was not an intercontinental ballistic missile but still a reckless move, reported Reuters.

Other reports by VgToday

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