Korea could nuke US, Europe 'within months', says France

As North Korea boasted in July that it had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead it's more important than ever that Canada play a leadership role in pushing for nuclear disarmament Linda Mc Quaig argues

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a complex missile defense flight test, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target using Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) guided missiles during a test off the coast of Hawaii today.

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been building in recent weeks.

Japan's Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget to add missile interceptors and other equipment to defend the country from more North Korean weapons launches.

Earlier this month, President Trump warned Pyongyang would face "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the US. "I agree it was a reckless, provocative act, firing that over Hokkaido". This could risk triggering a military retaliation from the United States if something goes wrong.

Trump, who has warned that the USA military is "locked and loaded" in case of further North Korean provocation, reacted angrily to the latest missile test, declaring on Twitter that "talking is not the answer" to resolving the crisis.

The Prime Minister refused to rule out future British military action against North Korea or cyber warfare after being quizzed by reporters four times on the issue.

The US has ensured that the threats of the North Korea are dealt accordingly. Some took this as a sign that it was willing to talk and wouldn't let things get too tense during the annual joint military drills between Washington and Seoul that run through yesterday.

North Korea launched two Hwasong-14s in July, the second of which some experts said had the range to reach parts of the mainland US.

Economic sanctions against North Korea, while severe, are not working.

It said the launch was in direct response to joint US-South Korean military drills which are now taking place, as well as to mark the anniversary of the Japan-Korea treaty of 1910, which saw Japanese forces annex the Korean peninsula. And repeated rounds of United Nations resolutions and sanctions against North Korea appear to have had little or no impact.

"The current ballistic rocket launching drill like a real war is the first step of the military operation of the KPA in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam", KCNA quoted Kim as saying.

Defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang told a monthly briefing China would never allow war or chaos on the Korean peninsula, its doorstep, and military means were not an option. North Korea will be outrageous.

In his morning tweet on Wednesday, Trump claimed: "The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years".

The problem here is that Washington won't be very interested in displaying the kind of "demeanor" that North Korea is likely to want.

B-1s flew over the Korean Peninsula following both of Pyongyang's successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the type of weapons created to deliver nuclear warheads to far-off locations such as the United States mainland.



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