Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

US to carry out first ICBM intercept test

US Navy ship sails near South China Sea reef claimed by Beijing US official US to carry out first ICBM intercept test
Francis Olson | 27 May, 2017, 13:08

During the weekend, North Korea tested a medium-range missile with potential nuclear capability, which would not be able to reach the US mainland but endangers allies in east Asia.

The United States says it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea if it halts its nuclear and missile tests, but it has also warned that military intervention was an option, sending fears of conflict spiralling.

"They've said that they have stepped up border inspections, beefed up sort of the policing function on the border, stepped up customs inspections", she said.

China has signed on to United Nations sanctions and suspended coal imports from North Korea through the rest of the year.

He may be ruthless, he may be a murderer, he may be someone who in many respects we would say by our standards is irrational.

Thornton said the United States was looking to discuss with China a new U.N. Security Council resolution on pre-negotiated measures in response to further nuclear or missile tests from the North. The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, which is responsible for developing and testing the system, has scheduled the intercept test for Tuesday.

"We do not have constant, consistent [intelligence and surveillance] capabilities and so there are gaps, and the North Koreans know about these", Mr Coates said.

A congressional source said the bill would ban tourist travel by Americans outright, while any other visits would require a special license from the Treasury Department, which is enforcing a wide range of sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. Satellite imagery suggests it could be ready to conduct its next test - its sixth - at any time. Solid fuel is harder to produce than liquid, but is more stable and can be transported in the missile tank to allow for a swift launch.

If FBI wants to talk to Kushner, lawyer says he's ready
CBS News reported that Trump is expected to consider plans for a shakeup of his communications operation upon his return. One of Kushner's attorneys, Jamie Gorelick , said in a statement her client would cooperate with the investigation.

Stewart urged senators to help the USA government on its mission to change the global status quo such that a nuclear-armed North Korea would no longer be a foregone conclusion.

While U.S. officials believe Pyongyang is some years away from mastering re-entry expertise for perfecting an ICBM, it is making advances.

"It's clear Beijing now sees further, deeper urgency in getting talks started and (wants) that these talks have to center on North Korean nuclear and missile programs. that the end point will have to be at least a freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile programs with an aim of its abolition, not necessarily to insist on its immediate disarmament", the professor said.

The US is anxious that if North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is not stopped, other countries in the region including Japan and South Korea would be compelled to seek their own nuclear capability as a defence measure.

Thornton said on Friday that while the review is mostly about trade, Trump will also be seeking clarity on a timetable for action on North Korea. Its latest missile test took place last Sunday.

This was said even though Duterte has been accused of gross human rights violation and killing of thousands of people in what he deems to be a war against the drug problem in the country and has in the past made unflattering statements against the then US President Barack Obama.

That followed the U.S. Navy's sailing a destroyer near a Chinese man-made island in the South China Sea on Thursday in a "freedom of navigation" operation aimed at challenging what the U.S. considers excessive territorial claims in the strategic waterway that Beijing claims virtually in its entirety.

Trump has praised President Xi Jinping's efforts to rein in North Korea, which relies on China for most of its trade, after the two leaders met in April.

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