China says US wants diplomatic solution to N. Korea standoff

Notably, the missile had fins on its nose cone, suggesting that it was created to offer a degree of maneuverability in its descent or terminal phase - a capability Pyongyang has not yet demonstrated, but expressed interest in acquiring.

Why, 64 years after the Korean War, a quarter-century after the Cold War, are we still obliged to go to war to defend South Korea from a North with one-half the South's population and 3 percent of its gross domestic product? Trump and his advisers have pointed to Beijing's move to restrict coal imports from North Korea as a sign Beijing is listening, and the USA says China has turned back some shipments in recent days. That development would neither help the United States nor necessarily do much to rein in North Korea's nuclear threat. The KN-17, according to a USA official that spoke to Fox, is a single-stage, liquid-fueled missile that - critically - could be used to target ships.

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times. Just $5 a month. Pyongyang also launched another missile test that failed.

"North Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Sin Hong-chol responded in kind, saying if we notice any sign of assault on our sovereignty, our army will launch merciless military strikes against the U.S. aggressors, wherever they may exist". It was the North's first missile test of the Trump era. Indeed, without any additional information, that seemed like a reasonable hypothesis. But North Korea has gotten quite confident in its short- and medium-range single-stage, liquid-fuel missiles. It's partly why it may be using its ER-Scuds for first-strike rehearsal these days more than testing them to see if they work, for example. The KN-17 is North Korea's attempt to take a base that it is quite confident with - single-stage, liquid-fuel missiles - and experiment with terminal phase maneuverability. "If the planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method". "But the fact is that they have the overwhelming leverage over the North Korea regime", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters Tuesday in Canberra, Australia's capital.

Pence said on Monday the world had seen Trump's resolve in the past two weeks, with a USA missile attack on a Syrian airfield and the dropping of a powerful non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan. That too might be premature.

Pence arrived in Tokyo from South Korea, where he assured leaders of an "iron-clad" alliance with the United States in the face of the reclusive North, which has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Defying global pressure, the North test-fired another missile on Sunday as fears grow that it may also be preparing for its sixth nuclear weapons test.

A lot of this - like so many things related to North Korea - remains speculative. What is increasingly clear though is that Pyongyang is at least interested in maneuverable reentry vehicles (MaRVs).

The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked.

On Saturday, the North celebrated the birthday by holding a military parade, showing off what appears to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile. Pyongyang is already looking into saturating systems like the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea with multiple missile launches; MaRVs would abet that effort.

Earlier a U.S. Navy carrier strike group was diverted to waters off the Korean peninsula, where tensions have been rising for weeks over missile test-launches and concerns another nuclear test - a sixth since 2006 - may be looming.

The demilitarised zone (DMZ) is a heavily mined, four-km-wide strip of land lined with barbed wire running across the Korean peninsula, with soldiers on both sides in a continual eyeball-to-eyeball standoff.

"All of us", he said, referring to a team of experts in the field, "have written we think that the threat, the possibility of a super-EMP warhead is so great, the United States should take them [North Korea's satellites] down", he told WND.

  • Leroy Wright