Mardi, 13 Novembre, 2018

US to impose more sanctions on N Korea — Ballistic missile launch

North Korea missile launch and Guam threat North Korea says new ICBM was 'significantly more powerful' and puts US in range
Manon Joubert | 30 Novembre, 2017, 21:11

U.S. President Donald Trump's options for stopping North Korea's nuclear ambitions are dwindling with each new missile test. U.S. Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyWe have no counterattack to Russia's information warfare The Hill's 12:30 Report Russia vetoes US-led effort to renew chemical weapons inquiry in Syria MORE, echoing her rhetoric from September about Kim "begging for war", said earlier this week "if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) landed in its targeted area after flying 950km, CNN News reported quoting the newsreader. In the 1990s, the country's economy and food supply collapsed simultaneously, setting off a famine that killed up to one-tenth of the population.

Strongly condemning the missile launch, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said North Korea's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must be reversed.

During a speech in St. Charles, Mo., on Nov. 29, President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" and "sick puppy". The United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea as a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, denies any such intention. In a replay of his dad's maneuvers in the 1990's, Kim could accept improved economic relations and food aid in return for minor confidence building measures. That suggests the missile is steered by gimbaling, a more advanced way to control the missile.

The North's missile capability "is getting sophisticated at a fast pace in all aspects, including flight distance and time", he said. President Trump said in response to the most recent launch that it is an issue the U.S. "will handle".

"I think that the best hope still remains an open-ended suspension of testing on the North Korea side, and the suspension of the big military manoeuvres that scare the North Koreans that the US and South Koreans have mounted".

The unsettling truth is North Korea is getting closer to its nuclear goal every day.

North Korea launched a new Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) re-igniting concerns about the imminence of World War 3.

The closure, he said, may prompt Pyongyang to shift more toward boosting the country's economy under its self-declared "byungjin" policy - the "parallel development of the economy and defense capabilities" - signaling the possibility the regime may now start taking the importance of diplomacy and dialogue more seriously. This, the thinking goes, would bring trade and normalization while keeping Kim's government in power, sort of like China's opening in the 1970s.

Mr. Kim was also accompanied by Jo Yong-won and Yu Jin, top officials from the Munitions Industry Department of his Workers' Party. "We can do amazing things if we're pushed to do so". North Korea's weapons tests often seemed timed to humiliate and defy Beijing. Haley wants China to cut off oil supplies to North Korea, and will likely push for even tighter banking restrictions. North Korea claims to have made these trucks itself but analysts believe they are modified versions or based on the Chinese lumber truck, the WS51200.

The greatest risk, analysts tend to say, is from an accident or miscalculation that might send North Korea and the United States into an unintended conflict. A Trump tweet prompted Democrats to pull out of the meeting yesterday, casting a pall on Republicans' prospects of avoiding a year-end shutdown.