United States vows all-out defense against 'grave' North Korean threat

Monday, 31 Oct, 2016

Also, present at the meeting was Secretary of State John Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

Pyongyang fired what was assumed to be a Musudan mid-range missile at about 6.30 am local time, U.S. Strategic Command said, just three hours before the third and final showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Las Vegas.

"If they continue at this rate, the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile could enter operational service sometime next year - much sooner than had previously been expected", Mr. Schilling wrote recently on the 38North website of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Min-goo said that Seoul and Washington will consider "permanently deploying U.S. strategic assets on a rotational basis" on South Korean soil. Seoul's Defense Minister official said the agreements including the study on strategic weapons deployment will be further discussed at "KIDD ad-hoc Consultation Mechanism" (KCM), a new crisis management dialogue to be set up soon between South Korea and the USA and the existing Deterrence Strategic Committee (DSC). The United States also plans to deploy the advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system to South Korea in order to protect against threats from Pyongyang.

Han then said North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles are akin to "a dagger against our throats".

Left out of the discussions was the fact, acknowledged by almost everyone, that Obama's Korea policy, known as "strategic patience", has entirely failed to end the North Korean nuclear program which was, in fact, the intention.

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The launch comes after the United States and South Korea agreed in Washington on Wednesday to bolster military and diplomatic efforts to counter the North's nuclear and missile programs, which it is pursuing in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

If North Korea is equipped with nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, the U.S. may not provide extended deterrence to South Korea due to local opposition about huge casualties and other losses resulting from the North's retaliatory attacks on the United States mainland, according to observers.

In response to the threat from North Korea, the United States is adapting its force posture on the Korean Peninsula, Carter said.

"Based on these successes, as well as North Korean-released information, experts reassessed several missile programs as being more capable and closer to deployment", Klingner added.

"We must update our comprehensive response strategy to deter the threat of North Korea".

The U.S. keeps 28,500 troops based in neighboring South Korea as a deterrent force, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended without a formal peace treaty.

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In the previous launch last week, the missile exploded shortly after takeoff, according to research by the U.S. authorities. Others believe South Korea and the US wanted to avoid provoking China.

Originally the two countries agreed to have the anti-missile defense system in operation by late 2017.

"A preemptive nuclear strike is not something the US has a monopoly on", he added.