Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Russia says North Korea nukes are a 'direct threat'

Russia says North Korea nukes are a 'direct threat'

The defense chiefs of Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed to work closely together to deal with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, according to the Japanese broadcaster NHK.

"North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them is not new", Mattis said in his prepared remarks.

After meeting with President Xi Jinping in April, Trump, who once accused China of "raping" the United States, praised its leader as a "good man", saying it would be inappropriate to pressure Beijing while Washington is seeking its help with Pyongyang.

It said until the USA and its followers make the right choices, the North's "ultra-precision and diversified Juche Rocket" will continue to thunder and skyrocket in full blast in numbers and in succession.

Since Moon's May 10 inauguration, North Korea has test-fired three ballistic missiles in an apparent show of its resolve to expand its weapons arsenals to cope with what it calls USA hostility.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting the test of a new anti-aircraft guided weapon system.

The US recognises India as a major defence partner partly out of respect for New Delhi's indispensable role in maintaining stability in the Indian Ocean region, Defence Secretary James Mattis has said. Taiwan - claimed by China as part of its territory - is heavily dependent on United States defence guarantees.

Inada and Mattis also met with Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne on the day, again issuing a joint statement denouncing North Korea.

China's behaviour in the South China Sea, which is claimed in part by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam, has sparked broad concern in the region.

It has rapidly built reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.

He was, however, unrelentingly critical of North Korea, a politically and economically isolated nation whose leaders have long viewed the United States as a military threat, in part because of periodic US military exercises with South Korea, which the North sees as preparations for attacks aimed at destroying its ruling elite. "The ongoing presence of the United States in the Indo-Pacific continues to under-guard the rules-based order of the region". But the Pacific command is by far the biggest of the USA military commands - it accounts for 60 per cent of all US navy ships, 55 per cent of army forces and two-thirds of its fleet marine forces.

"Our concern in the South China Sea certainly hasn't diminished", he said.

With that in mind, you would think that Washington would be pushing hard to get us to a negotiating table rather than continuing to rattle the nuclear sabers and imagine militarized solutions to the ongoing crisis on the Korean peninsula. "We would oppose any action that would infringe upon the fundamental principle of freedom of navigation".

"We were sort of hoping that the adults would prevail in Washington", he said.

Yao Yunzhu, a Chinese official with the PLA Academy of Military Science, told the newspaper the speech appeared more a continuing of past American policies rather than a change. All major co-operation programs between the rivals remain stalled amid an global standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. It contrasts from previous USA policies of strategic patience toward North Korea and benign neglect in dealing with China's island-building campaign. He is the author of six national security books, including iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age (Threshold Editions).

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