US Submarine Arrives in South Korea as Tensions Rise

The Tomahawk missile attack on the Al Shayrat airfield inSyria by the USA, carried out deliberately while Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the President Donald Trump's guest, conveyed a simple message: if Tomahawk cruise missiles could rain down in Syria, they could very well do so in North Korea too.

It says China hopes for a peaceful outcome, but that Beijing has "very limited influence on the entire situation".

It says: "The game of chicken between Washington and Pyongyang has come to a breaking point". She praised China's increased pressure on North Korea. "All stakeholders will bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses".

The state-owned carrier said April 14 that it was suspending flights to North Korea's capital Pyongyang because of poor sales.

The South's Yonhap news agency cited a government source as saying the exercise was the North's "largest ever" and presumed to have been overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un.

USA envoy for North Korea Joseph Yun says he and his counterparts from Japan and South Korea agreed to coordinate "all actions" on North Korea.

The daily asserted that North Korea was not strong enough to confront the severe sanctions which could be on the way. He did not identify the countries. McCain said a North Korean nuclear missile capable of striking an American city was "an imminent danger".

Trump also took a jab at the United Nations for ignoring threats like North Korea "for far too long".

In talks with reporters after the meeting, Kanasugi said that he will hold a meeting with Wu Dawei, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, on Wednesday.

Tokyo, Washington and Seoul on Tuesday agreed to strengthen the deterrent power of the Japan-U.S. and U.S.

"There's a sense in Seoul that THAAD deployment has been rushed based on the timetable of South Korea's presidential election, rather than North Korea's threats", said John Delury, a professor of global relations at Yonsei University in Seoul.

"All three countries say they're counting on China to keep North Korea in check, but Beijing has said little except to call on everyone to exercise restraint", he adds. Meanwhile, the USS Carl Vinson naval strike group is making its way to the divided peninsula.

The USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived at the South Korean port of Busan in what was described as a routine visit to rest the crew and load supplies.

The US military started moving parts of its controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile defence system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday amid high tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. But the ships are probably several days from arriving in the region.

South Korea's Navy said it was conducting a live-fire exercise with US Navy destroyers on Tuesday in waters west of the Korean peninsula and would soon join the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group approaching the region.

Headed by former USFK commander Walter "Skip" Sharp, it will have around 3.5 million members in both the U. and South Korea, they said in a statement.

Fears North Korea could mark the 85th anniversary of its military's founding with a nuclear test explosion or a ballistic missile launch proved unfounded.

Most recently, North Korea conducted a failed missile launch on April 16, the day after the Day of the Sun, the country's most important holiday.

Speed was essential as the US was doing all it could to demonstrate that the use of military force against North Korea was not an empty threat.

Michael Hayden, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, has predicted that North Korea will probably be able to hit Seattle with a nuclear weapon aboard an indigenously produced intercontinental ballistic missile.

The main political event to mark the anniversary apparently was a "national meeting" held the day before, when thousands of senior military and civilian officials gathered at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

The editorial stressed that Beijing did not have an agenda of "regime change", and could be critical to the stability of North Korea once it made a decision to break out of its isolation. It was not known how he is marking Tuesday's anniversary.

The goal is to have the complete system fully operational by the end of this year but the US and South Korea have publicly stressed the need to speed up the deployment of the technology as tensions have mounted with Pyongyang.

  • Larry Hoffman