'US never out of diplomatic solutions on N Korea'

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'US never out of diplomatic solutions on N Korea'

05 September, 2017

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean, in what appeared to be its longest-ever test.

Pyongyang has also threatened to fire rockets towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.

This refers to North Korea's attempt to strengthen its weapons capabilities and use them to test its bargaining power against the United States.

The United States and South Korea wrapped up their annual joint military exercises Thursday by flying some of their most powerful warplanes in bombing drills in a show of force two days after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan.

When speaking of the launch, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abo said, "North Korea's reckless action of launching a missile that passed over Japan is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat".

A statement from Seoul's presidential office confirmed that shortly after the North's latest test was detected, South Korea discussed deploying American strategic assets to the peninsula so the South does not have to rely on powerful hardware being scrambled from Guam, such as B-1B bombers. This could risk triggering a military retaliation from the United States if something goes wrong.

Tensions between America, North Korea, and the hermit state's regional neighbors have been rising for months.

This test marks the second time that a SM-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target, officials said. He said American officials are still assessing the launch and that North American Aerospace Defense Command "determined the missile launch did not pose a threat to North America".

It denounced the joint exercises in traditionally robust fashion.

U.S. conducts missile intercept test amid heightened tensions with North Korea
Navy's Standard Missile-3 ballistic missile interceptor deployed at land-based Aegis Ashore sites and Aegis-equipped warships. A Standard Missile-3 Block IIA jointly developed by the US and Japan failed to intercept its target.

Tuesday's events killed such optimism. "We were watching what they were doing, but I did not know what, in fact, they were thinking, whether or not they were really throttling back or not", he said. And if it does, North Korea will likely demand a halt of the U.S.

The United States, Japan, and South Korea are going to call for an global embargo, which will block oil exports to North Korea, according to an August 30 report from Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei Asian Review. He served in South Korea.

There might also be a simpler reason Kim attributed Tuesday's launch to the drills.

"Diplomatic is a lot more than just the narrow slice of talking to North Korea", he said.

The problem here is that Washington won't be very interested in displaying the kind of "demeanor" that North Korea is likely to want.

This image, provided by Yonhap News TV, shows U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Neither Mattis nor Song would address possible deployments of USA military equipment.

So the question is whether North Korea will put some checks on itself as it seeks to expand its weapons tests in the Pacific.

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