South Korea says believes Washington will consult before striking North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

The North sees U.S.

According to Wu, "it is obvious that neither China nor the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) wants the conservatives to return to power in South Korea".

The United States has been urging Beijing to use its economic leverage with North Korea, which conducted two underground nuclear explosions and two dozen missile tests past year.

The training began the day after the USA deployed their mobile THAAD missile defence system to South Korea that is becoming increasingly important as tensions mount with Pyongyang.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said early on Thursday that Kim Jong Un had guided training of the army's special operation forces jumping from aircraft. "If the USA dares opt for a military action, crying out for "pre-emptive attack" ... the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S".

"Watching the courageous combatants mercilessly blow up the enemy targets, he said with pleasure that the commanding officers made correct decisions, adding those combatants carrying out their duties independently and pro-actively were reminiscent of fierce tigers crossing the mountain ranges in the southern half", KCNA reported.

North Korea has reacted angrily to the US's show of force in the region, saying it is ready for war.

Two Chinese statements released directly after the Mar-A-Lago meeting didn't mention North Korea by name, even though the country had been expected to dominate discussions. Leaders have in the past used the date to carry out weapons tests. He didn't specify North Korea, but the context was clear enough. Xi said China would maintain "communication and coordination" with Washington over the issue.

"We will not support efforts to solve the North Korean problem forcefully, and Washington is well aware China's position", the Chinese envoy stressed.

He said a USA declaration of Chinese manipulation could jeopardize talks with China on North Korea. North Korea has in the past marked its April 15 holiday with tightly choreographed military parades. The order was issued during Xi's visit.

China suspended issuing permits for importing coal from North Korea on February 18 as part of its efforts to implement United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang.

Trump has not specified exactly what concessions he has offered China in return for help with North Korea, but frequent reversals have become familiar in the Trump administration.

China, North Korea's main ally, has called for a peaceful resolution of the Korean tensions. As a result, US planners are not taking any chances when it comes to stepping-up missile defense technology and preparedness.

The US dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson after the latest missile test by North Korea last week, drawing a forceful warning from Pyongyang. The Carl Vinson took part last month in the U.S. -South Korea war games.

The testing area is believed to now be capable of supporting underground tests with higher explosive yields, reports 38 North, a research site run by the U.S. -Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Then, the fear was a conflagration at the heavily militarized border. Despite Clinton's promises of intense verification, the North Koreans had - just like Assad - been cheating all along.

The destroyers and the cruiser are all equipped with the Aegis missile defense system. If it uses the Aegis system, a failure would hurt the system's credibility.

That would also alarm allies Japan and South Korea, which also have the Aegis. That has raised the question of whether the US would be prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile.

In a statement Tuesday, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the aircraft carrier deployment "goes to prove that the US reckless moves for invading. have reached a serious phase".

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