Talking is not the answer, says Trump on N Korea

Jerome Frank
September 5, 2017

The operation involved two B-1Bs from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; four U.S. Marine F-35Bs from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan; two Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15Js; and four Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-15Ks.

North Korea is strengthening its position as a nuclear power against US and South Korea.

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The dueling military displays open up the risk that things will get worse as each side seeks to show it won't be intimidated.

Pyongyang has tested a barrage of missiles over the past years, but it is the first time it launches what is believed to be a ballistic missile over Japan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has weighed into the North Korea crisis, warning the United States and others against going down a "dead-end road" and calling for talks to resolve the issue.

Over the course of the 10-hour mission, the F-35Bs, B-1B bombers and Koku Jieitai fighters flew together over waters near Kyushu, Japan.

President Donald Trump walks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to make statements in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 30.

"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly", Gen. Terrence J.

"The Security Council stresses that these DPRK [North Korean] actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all United Nations member states", said the statement, issued after closed-door talks at United Nations headquarters.

Mattis and Tillerson have emphasized finding a diplomatic solution on North Korea, and have used softer tones than Trump on this and other matters.

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It came when US-South Korea troops held annual military exercises on the peninsula, which Pyongyang strongly opposes.

Defence minister Song Young-moo raised the deployement of tactical nukes to South Korea for the first time in 26 years while on a visit to the US.

Under a bilateral agreement with the United States, South Korea is now restricted to ballistic missiles with a maximum range of 800km and a payload of 500km. Washington and Seoul faced calls to postpone or downsize this year's drills.

The two Koreas have shared the world's most heavily fortified border since their war in the early 1950s ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

In a statement, US Pacific Command said the flyover was a "direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch".

North Korea's weapons program has been progressing at a rapid pace under leader Kim Jong Un.

Japan is closely allied with the United States on security issues and hosts American bases and tens of thousands of troops on its territory, which North Korea considers a threat.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a readout of the call late Wednesday that both Lavrov and Tillerson condemned North Korea for the most recent launch and called for dialogue.

Tuesday's aggressive missile launch - likely the longest ever from North Korea - over the territory of a close U.S. ally sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby. It also flight-tested a pair of developmental ICBMs in July.

Trump and Abe spoke by phone and said that in face of an "escalating" situation with North Korea that close cooperation between their countries and with South Korea was needed, Abe told reporters.

South Korea's main spy agency has previously asserted that it does not think Pyongyang now has the ability to develop miniaturized nuclear weapons that can be mounted on long-range ballistic missiles.

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