Trump strategy on North Korea: 'Maximum pressure and engagement'
18 April, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Cecelia Webb
North Korean then fired the missile at a lofted angle for testing purposes.
The North Korean situation is getting more serious, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday.
However, a USA foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence sought to defuse some of the tension, saying Sunday's test of what was believed to be a medium-range missile had come as no surprise.
"It's presumed to be a new ICBM".
The official said that had it been a nuclear test, "other actions would have been taken by the U.S".
The festivities take place amid concerns that North Korea is possibly preparing its sixth nuclear test in a decade or a rocket launch of significance, such as its first flight test of an ICBM. The communist country has been regularly conducting nuclear and missile tests defying United Nations' resolutions and sanctions. A day later, the Global Times noted that the attack on Syria made it impossible to dismiss the possibility of a USA strike on North Korea.
North Koreans offer flowers in front of a mural of late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. "I have really gotten to like and respect.President Xi", said Trump.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis issued a brief statement saying President Trump and "his military team are aware of North Korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment".
He added that North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in "quality and quantity" and said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that's what Trump wants. Under his watch, North Korea has aggressively pursued a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the US mainland.
As NPR's Merrit Kennedy reported earlier this week, the regime said it would "hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions".
"Though analysts questioned what was inside the missile shells, they said the appearance of a submarine-launched ballistic missile shows North Korea is progressing with its plan to launch missiles from anywhere in the sea".
In South Korea, residents are not anxious about the West's increased war rhetoric for several reasons, according to Seoul National University professor of sociology Myoung-kyu.
China's Global Times newspaper, which is published by the People's Daily, the Communist Party's official paper, said North Korea must have felt the shockwave from the 11-ton "mother of all bombs" dropped by USA forces on Islamic State-linked fighters in Afghanistan on Thursday.
Tensions are deepening as the US has sent an aircraft carrier to waters off the peninsula and is conducting its biggest-ever joint military exercises with South Korea.
It's also conducted engine tests that analysts say could potentially power a long-range missile.
Kim Il Sung's birthday is a huge deal in North Korea, so it's not like they put this whole thing together last minute just to piss off Trump, but there is a non-zero chance he will take it that way.
Another missile test from Sinpo failed earlier this month, when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean. Russian Federation and China are critical to any pressure campaign on North Korea because they both hold veto power on the U.N. Security Council.
Despite Sunday's failure, the North's previous claim to have used "standardized" warheads has led to worries that it was making headway in its push to develop small and sophisticated warheads to be topped on long-range missiles. However, the display did show that North Korea is still going right ahead with their missile development program.
But Chinese troops are always stationed in the northeast near North Korea, and Yun Sun, a senior associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center, told Business Insider that "Chinese troop movements happen often along that border" when North Korean nuclear and missile provocations seem imminent.
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