Pyongyang warns of strong response to US-South Korea drills

The Trump Administration, and Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland in particular, are seeking "outside the mainstream" options for dealing with North Korea, according to reports, and that among these options would be attacking North Korea outright.

South Korea is preparing to take global legal action against Beijing, according to a government statement Sunday - after a series of Chinese moves apparently aimed at dissuading Seoul from deploying an American anti-missile system, THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense).

The proposals are being vetted and will be submitted to Trump for review.

Last month, Kim sparked global concern after test-firing a missile with the ability to travel 3,400 miles into the Sea of Japan, while Trump was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the former's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Nevertheless, discussion of the military option has gained unusual prominence in recent months as Pyongyang, undeterred by numerous rounds of sanctions, carried out a nuclear test and repeated missile launches.

"As a result, there has been a rising discussion of preemptive options as part of the overall mix within the policy community since a year ago, although much of that discussion seemed to emanate primarily from Republic of Korea [South Korea] defense specialists up to now", he said. The reason that military action against North Korea is being mentioned anyway, the newspaper concluded, is because of the calculation that China's concerns about instability on the Korean Peninsula could be exploited to pressure it into cutting off the lifeline to North Korea. Several weeks later, North Korea conducted its missile test.

Such a strategy under Mr Obama was favoured by Tokyo and Seoul.

The fact that thousands of US and South Korean troops are involved in the current military exercises proves that "these [drills] are not defensive, [but] are invasion-like exercises", he added.

His comments came as China has taken a series of provocative actions against the Korean Wave and businesses as Seoul move to station the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

The project will be able to intercept missile from North Korea, the USA claims.

  • Leroy Wright