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US, Allies in Show of Force against N. Korea

05 September 2017

Jean-Yves Le Drian, in charge of foreign affairs in President Emmanuel Macron's government, said that following a string of missile tests by Pyongyang and increasingly bellicose rhetoric, "We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow", according to the AFP press agency. The B-1Bs were flown in from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam while the F-35Bs came from a US base in Iwakuni, Japan.

They conducted a mock bombing drill, which simulated a surgical strike of key enemy facilities, over the Pilsung Range in the eastern province of Gangwon.

Now that Bannon is gone, those surrounding Trump, especially three key former high-ranking US generals, one being his new White House chief of staff, will have the challenge of trying to introduce a sense of reality in the president's dubious mind.

Trump on Wednesday implied that diplomacy with North Korea is over, tweeting that "talking is not the answer".

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U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis has refuted claims that he disagrees with President Donald Trump on the best strategy to handle tensions with North Korea. -South Korea military exercises focused mainly on computer simulations. So small wonder that South Korean citizens - and foreigners staying for a long time alike - remained calm and unperturbed by one of its most menacing missile provocations Tuesday.

The status of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs would be a contentious issue in any negotiations, but such a discussion would be essential in reaching an understanding with Pyongyang.

Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Ren Guoqiang told reporters that all parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that escalate tension. "It's real, and is an huge and serious issue that directly involves the safety of people from both the north and south of the peninsula, as well as peace and stability of the entire region".

In a statement, the 15-member council said North Korea's actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all United Nations member states.

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North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan early Tuesday, warning afterward that it was a first step in having a "Pacific operation". It also flight-tested a pair of developmental ICBMs in July.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for more ballistic missile tests targeting "the Pacific". On a recent trip to the region, he said the military's main goal is supporting US efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Since the South Korean capital is less than an hour's drive from the border with North Korea, millions in Seoul could be killed by massive deployment of missiles along the border and North Korea's well trained army and special-forces units.

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US, Allies in Show of Force against N. Korea