North Korea promises 'super-mighty' pre-emptive strike

Owen Stevens
April 22, 2017

The U.S. detected signs that China had mobilized its bombers for a "a North Korea contingency, ' a U.S. defense official told CNN Thursday".

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, on a visit to London, said the military option must be part of the pressure brought to bear.

"The Chinese military at the China-North Korea border is maintaining a normal level of combat readiness and training", the ministry said in a statement.

North Korean media has kept up its fiery rhetoric and threats of a preemptive strike against the United States throughout the week.

Does he really have no sense of the nationalist sensitivities in the region or how nervous US allies there are about China's growing power, especially after the White House ditched TPP?

Those possibilities included defensive exercises or Chinese concerns over North Korea. "But ultimately we do not fear war".

The council said North Korea's illegal missile and nuclear activities "are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond" and expressed "utmost concern" at its "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance" of six United Nations sanctions resolutions.

The U.S. and South Korea are holding joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula. China says the system's powerful radar is a threat to its security.

Many here assume that Xi fed that ahistorical nugget to Trump, who also admitted that after 10 minutes listening to Xi, he realized that Beijing's influence over North Korea was much less than he had thought. The statement had consensus from China, Russia was the only dissenter.

It expresses the Security Council's commitment "to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation" and welcomes efforts by council members and other countries "to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue". The latest draft statement dropped "through dialogue" and Russian Federation requested it be included again. "The most important thing is to get China onboard and we will have to change how the USA has interacted with China", Chang said.

"Without crossing the red line such as a nuclear test or a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, until the 25 April anniversary of the Korean People's Army, North Korea is expected to continue to launch mid-range missiles", said Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at Sejong Institute outside Seoul.

When asked by reporters about Xi's utterance Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang replied, "What I can tell you is that the Korean people do not need to worry".

Obama "didn't do stupid things like pretend a USA aircraft carrier in Indonesia was part of an armada off the coast of North Korea ready to "respond" at any minute", said Mr Pempel referring to the error by the White House about the position of the USS Carl Vinson. "A lot of things have happened over the last short period of time". Pence said that the misstatement about the ship's location was unintentional, and Pentagon officials now say the aircraft carrier will head to the region soon.

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