S.Korea finmin: No firm evidence of China retaliation in missile spat

Violet Powell
March 15, 2017

Japan wants a more active USA response to North Korea and is working to build pressure on Pyongyang. And, despite objections from Russian Federation and China, the U.S. is accelerating its deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea.

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said on Monday (U.S time) that "assets from the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and other United States forces" will participate in ROK-U.S. joint military drills in the waters around the Korean Peninsula during the annual Foal Eagle exercise.

On March 6, Trump said in a phone conversation with Abe that his administration was taking steps to further enhance deterrence and defend against North Korea's ballistic missiles "using the full range of United States military capabilities".

The next day, the US began the deployment of the missile defense system THAAD, or Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, to South Korea.

However, this is the first time that USA forces have made the news of the drone movement public, according to USFK spokesman Christopher Bush.

In a 49-second video clip, which went viral soon after it was posted online, the woman is seen at a Lotte supermarket eating snacks and drinking beverages apparently without paying for them as well as vandalizing the place.

"America wants to deploy THAAD in KoreaThey can spy on more than half of ChinaLotte makes good money in ChinaAnd is providing land to AmericaAh, ahChinese sons and daughters must stand upThe country can only exist if it is safeAh, ahEverybody, stop buying Lotte productsMake them get out of China fast".

Nuclear war threat grows as United States deploys THAAD to South Korea - Pyongyang
Together we met with leaders in business, the Communist Party, the business community, the government and the diplomatic corps. Some 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 US troops have begun their annual Foal Eagle joint war exercises that run through April.

He denounced the North's "cruel and ruthless behavior" in the wake of the murder in Malaysia last month of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "It will make the North Koreans even more jumpy and have a way itchier trigger finger". In connection with THAAD, Susan Thornton, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department, was asked during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center on March 13 whether the USA would respect South Korea's sovereignty if the next South Korean government changed its mind about the THAAD deployment.

After that, the South Korean president could turn to the THAAD deployment. Those are the region's central players for dealing with North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests.

People who watched the video were more supportive of Japan-South Korea military cooperation. The newly elected government in Seoul might follow a different course of ties with Japan, unlike those followed by President Park. It has to create political stability and address external challenges vis-a-vis North Korea, Japan, and China.

"However, these efforts are not going to bear any significant results: sanctions do not have any noticeable impact on North Korea". But such actions would only exacerbate the regime's sense of insecurity.

Mr Tillerson was the chief executive of the USA oil giant Exxon Mobil and is well known in the industry, but he has not spoken publicly since he took office and has refused to answer any media questions about his foreign policy outlook. "Their priorities are no war, no instability, no nukes, in a descending order meaning they seek peace and stability and then denuclearisation - and that has not fundamentally shifted".

"There's nothing scarier than a presidential candidate who opposes a military option for self-defence running in the race", Chung said. It may be that the video led some Japanese to fear involvement in a crisis on the Korean Peninsula. That effort appears to have had some successes but last week's missiles tests suggest it is not a lasting solution in the face of Pyongyang's determination.

Already, six sets of crippling United Nations sanctions have been slapped on Pyongyang since its first nuclear test in 2006.

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