Saturday, 21 July, 2018

N. Korea will 'counter US' if it holds drills with Seoul

The US would lose thousands of troops in the first days of war GETTY FURY The US would lose thousands of troops in the first days of war
Carol Daniels | 04 March, 2018, 01:53

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) this week said that a war with North Korea would be "worth it" in the long term, The Hill writes.Graham made the comments in an interview with CNN."All the damage that would come from a war would be worth it in terms of long-term stability and national security", the senator told CNN.Graham's remark comes amid reports that the U.S.is prepared for the possibility of a military strike against North Korea.

North Korea says that if the United States provokes it, the regime will respond in its own way.

Ivanka Trump leads convoy to South Korea to discuss sanctions after Mike Pence's talks with North Korea are cancelled; Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation provides insight. Moscow also believes it was Washington's saber-rattling and regular military drills in the region that provoked Pyongyang into "taking some rash action" after months of restraint, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test in November.

The U.S. government welcomes the South-North dialogue, but refuses to negotiate with Pyongyang unless talks are premised on the North's denuclearization.

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"President Trump and President Moon noted their firm position that any dialogue with North Korea must be conducted with the explicit and unwavering goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation", it said in a readout.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga emphatically said at a press conference Friday: "Close cooperation among Japan, the United States and South Korea is extremely important".

The report said that speaking at a plenary session, North Korea's representative argued the US was deploying a large number of strategic assets near the Korean Peninsula and intentionally escalating the situation. "There will be no changes to our policy to take all possible measures in applying maximum pressure on North Korea to force a change in its [nuclear and missile] programs".

North Korea has slammed Trump's unilateral sanctions against it, but it said it was open to talks with the United States during senior North Korean officials' visit to South Korea for the Olympics last month.

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