Tillerson says U.S. seeks to pressure North Korea to resume diplomatic talks
Tillerson says U.S. seeks to pressure North Korea to resume diplomatic talks
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18 Августа, 2017, 08:50
According to the Financial Times, the U.S. is struggling to stitch together an worldwide coalition that will successfully deter North Korea from its nuclear ambitions after the regime conducted a string of new missile tests, including a long-range missile last month that could target the US.
The ICBM is believed to be a step forward in the North's nuclear program.
North Korean missiles would have to fly over Japan to reach the Guam area, worrying Tokyo that warheads or missile debris could fall on its territory.
Japan and the USA also agreed to work together on a host of other issues, including space communications, cyber security, and improved information sharing with other countries affected by the North's developing weapons programs. Defense officials have said such a rise was desirable but finance ministry officials are cautious because of Tokyo's mammoth public debt.
Defense experts say the ICBM could reach as far as the U.S. states of Alaska and Hawaii, but questions remain over whether North Korea can field an ICBM capable of carrying a nuclear warhead on its cone that could survive reentry into earth's atmosphere.
Japan's multitier ballistic missile defense system also includes the Air Self-Defense Force's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air guided interceptors, which will deter missiles if SM-3 interceptors fail to stop the attack. He added the US and Japan will strengthen their bilateral alliance by enhancing cooperation with South Korea.
During his parliamentary confirmation hearing, the Air Force general stressed the need to establish a robust readiness posture, pointing to the "graver-than-ever" security landscape marked by North Korea's continued provocations.
Costs for the new land-based Aegis defense system will be included in the defense ministry's draft budget for next fiscal year, although the actual amount will be left blank until the end of the year, due to the need for further consultations with the USA, sources close to the matter said Thursday.
The annual exercises have taken on greater significance this year due to the rise in tensions around North Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.
The drill took place in those four prefectures, plus the adjoining prefectures of Tottori, Okayama, Yamaguchi, Tokushima and Kagawa. Dunford said the US military and its allies needed to stay ready.
North Korea has conducted several missile tests in recent months, which have been slammed by the US. "China believes that dialogue and consultations are the only effective avenue to resolve the peninsula issue, and that military means can not become an option", China's Defence Ministry cited Fan as saying.
The statement included a note on trilateral U.S. -Japan cooperation with South Korea. Trump praised the move as a "wise" decision on Wednesday.
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