North Korea sends warning to the US

Cheryl Sanders
April 9, 2017

The missile barrage enhances Trump's image as a leader willing to use US military power quickly and in a precision-strike manner - which is exactly the scenario that concerns North Korea most. Most controversial among them was the suggestion of deploying nuclear weapons overseas for the first time since the Cold War.

According to NBC News, top-ranking intelligence and military officials say returning USA nuclear weapons to South Korea after 25 years is one of the moves under consideration by the Council. The options tabled, many of them deeply provocative, are understood to have been prepared in case diplomacy with China is ineffective.

The Trump administration has repeatedly used aggressive rhetoric on the North Korean issue, criticizing the Obama administration for using diplomacy to handle the rogue nation's attempts to go nuclear.

In a photo released on February 13, 2017, by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), this allegedly shows a test-fire of Pukguksong-2.

Trump Administration officials have repeatedly insisted they believe China could quickly and unilaterally solve North Korea with little effort, though the USA has also ruled out any Chinese solution that involves any sort of diplomacy.

North Korea is "also pursuing development of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles capabilities, and an improved Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile", Hyten told senators.

Ever since 2012, Seoul has been developing a new ballistic missile after the United States and South Korea concluded an agreement to extend the range of those weapons by up to 800 kilometers (about 500 miles) and carry warheads heavier than the pre-2012 limit of 500kg (1,102 pounds).

The two Koreas remain technically in conflict after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, and relations between them have plunged in recent months.

Doing so - even with a one-off sort of airstrike - would be a far more risky move. The probe began after North Korea had two back-to-back failures in October, reports the International Business Times.

The US stood firm behind its retaliatory deployment of 59 Tomahawks on Shayrat Airbase, from where Syrian government forces launched a devastating chemical attack last Tuesday that horrified the world and killed at least 87.

Trump has recently threatened unilateral action against Pyongyang if Beijing fails to help curb its neighbor's nuclear weapons program. China's response to the airstrikes was muted.

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