Sunday, 24 June, 2018

China and Russian Federation begin naval drills near North Korea

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Andrew Cummings | 20 September, 2017, 01:04

The US said it conducted the new military exercise with the South in response to the North's recent missile and nuclear tests, said the source.

While global pressure mounts Kim Jong-Un has pledged to continue the North's programs, saying his country is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" in military force with the United States.

The North also fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific on Friday, responding to new United Nations sanctions over its atomic test with what appeared to be its longest-ever missile flight.

In August, North Korea threatened that it planned to test fire four intermediate-range missiles into waters near Guam, a US territory with military bases, but said later it would wait and see how the USA behaved before carrying out the plan.

As part of today's "routine" training exercise, USA jets few alongside four South Korean F-15K jet fighters to drop MK-82, MK-84 and GBU-32 bombs on stimulated targets at the Pilseung Range in Gangwon-do.

The U.S. warplanes also conducted formation training with Japanese fighter jets over waters near the southern island of Kyushu, according to the Pacific Command.

The Chinese fleet consists of missile destroyer "Shijiazhuang", missile frigate "Daqing", comprehensive supply ship "Dongpinghu", submarine rescue ship "Changdao", a deep submersible rescue vehicle, two ship-borne helicopters and marines. Its nuclear test in September was its most powerful to date.

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"We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point", Haley told CNN on Sunday morning.

Russian Federation has supported China's "suspension-for-suspension" proposal, where the United States and South Korea would agree to halt joint military drills while North Korea halted missile and nuclear tests.

The report did not directly link the drills to current tensions over North Korea.

Mr. Trump tweeted that spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last night, saying that he had asked the leader "how Rocket Man is doing". "But we also have to look at the fact that you are dealing with someone who is being reckless, irresponsible, and is continuing to give threats not only to the United States, but to all their allies, so something is going to have to be done".

"The so-called "China's responsibility theory" is essentially moral kidnapping", the People's Daily said in a commentary.

North Korea also warned Monday that the more sanctions imposed on Pyongyang, the faster it will move to complete its weapons program.

"Some related parties keep sending threatening messages both in words and deeds that include warnings of military actions to each other", said ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

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