Tillerson makes 1st Asia trip as anxiety rises over NKorea
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 15, 2017,
Mar 15, 2017, 22:03
Grey Eagles are created to carry Hellfire missiles and together with the deployment of Thaad anti-ballistic missile defences in South Korea they represent a significant build-up of U.S. military muscle in response to an accelerated programme of missile and nuclear testing by the North Korean regime.
The arrests come amid tension between South Korea and China over the latter's vociferous objections to the deployment in South Korea of a USA missile defense system that China says will destabilize the balance of security in the region.
The US Army is permanently stationing an attack drone system and its support personnel in South Korea amid ongoing tensions with the North, a Defense Department spokesman said Monday.
Last week, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan in response to annual U.S.
Washington-With North Korea's drive to field a nuclear-armed missile rapidly emerging as President Donald Trump's first foreign crisis, his top diplomat is heading to a nervous region. Believe it or not, North Korea is the World's most repressive and heavily armed nation.
"This is no longer about a lonely dictator crying for attention or demanding negotiations", said Victor Cha, a former adviser on North Korea to the Bush administration and the Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.
The new U.S. secretary of state is heading off on his first trip to Asia, where diplomatic tensions run high. The US and its allies insist that North Korea freeze its nuclear weapons development, but Kim Jong-un - who took over leadership after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011 - has shown himself determined to develop a significant nuclear arsenal.
China's economic retaliation against South Korea over the deployment of a THAAD missile defense system continues to grow with no sign of abatement, as reports emerge of the Chinese government targeting more South Korean enterprises including private business establishments. The first components arrived in South Korea last week. "We will defend our friends and allies, South Korea and Japan, and we will seek to work collaboratively to the maximum extent possible with important partners such as China". His Beijing meetings will be with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Chinese analysts see a lot of misunderstanding over North Korea and the South China Sea between the two sides.
Yonhap. "U.S. Navy SEALs to take part in joint drills in S. Korea". "Gray Eagle can attack an enemy immediately after spotting it while flying for 24 hours, and therefore it is the weapon which can respond quickest if the North Korean military appear near the ceasefire line - which is under the surveillance - and make a provocation".
"They are taking territory or control or declaring control of territories that are not rightfully China's", he said, in remarks that might be welcomed by Japan and others who contest China's territorial claims.
The deployment comes as tensions on the peninsula remain fraught after North Korea's latest missile test. The US wants China to use its influence over its close ally North Korea to halt its provocative nuclear and missile programmes.