Monday, 23 July, 2018

Trump Says North Korea Leadership "Depraved", Warns Of Nuclear Missile Threat

2018 Winter Olympic Games logo is seen at the the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in Pyeongchang South Korea 2018 Winter Olympic Games logo is seen at the the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in Pyeongchang Thomson Reuters
Andrew Cummings | 31 January, 2018, 09:36

It was a very different approach for a president whose past remarks about North Korea have included taunting leader Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" and threatening to unleash "fire and fury" if Pyongyang escalates its nuclear program.

President Trump called North Korea's government "depraved" and bent on obtaining nuclear weapons to threaten the United States. That we'll push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won't be great.

"North Korea, if not stopped, will build an arsenal with multiple nuclear missiles meant to threaten the United States homeland and blackmail us into abandoning our allies in Asia", Cha wrote in the Washington Post.

This would include through the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), one of the world's most guarded borders, which separates North and South Korea.

The foreign policy expert in line to become President Trump's ambassador to Seoul was ruled out after he raised concerns about the United States staging a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea, it was reported last night.

They also didn't rule out a missile test "in the near future" to send a strong message to American forces now deployed in the region. ICBMs are classified as missiles capable of traveling in excess of 3,400 miles.

Tensions rose at the end of 2017 as North Korea continued on their efforts to produce a nuclear-tipped long-range ballistic missile.

Though Trump's rhetoric toward North Korea and its leader, which arguably dictates the tone of North Korean relations around the world, has swayed between inconclusive praise and outright hawkishness, his comments come amid confident statements from the U.S. military and diplomatic moves that signal a departure from previous administrations. He also vowed to keep open the detention center at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to work toward sending any captured terrorism suspects there in the future.

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But it still lacked all the necessary components of an ICBM capable of striking its intended target, Selva said Tuesday.

However, also this week, some officials said that the North Koreans have to demonstrate certain critical aspects of missile launches before they're capable of hitting America. But Selva declined to speculate about a first-strike option against Kim's missile program.

Prosecutors said Monday they had searched Chiang's premises Sunday and interrogated eight defendants and witnesses.

Selva declined to specify the percentage of North Korean missiles USA forces could dismantle in the event of any military action, but his comments suggested the United States could attack both missile sites and support facilities. "I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this very risky position".

But he offered no new prescription or specifics on how he meant to rein in North Korea. He was returned to the U.S.in June in a coma and died shortly after, having suffered extensive brain damage at North Korean hands. Those detectors can determine within moments whether the missiles pose a threat to the United States and prepare ground-based interceptor systems in California and Alaska to engage the target, if necessary.

North and South Korea will march beneath a single "unified Korea" flag and field a joint women's ice hockey team at next month's Winter Olympics, Reuters reported.

Siegfried Hecker, director emeritus of the Los Alamos National Laboratory told The Washington Post in August that "Overselling [the threat] is particularly unsafe", and that "The real threat is we're going to stumble into a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula".

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