U.S. bombers overfly Korean peninsula in show of force
Oct 12 2017 by Desiree Burns
Its actions were in defiance of multiple sets of United Nations sanctions, prompting US President Donald Trump to threaten military action against the regime.
Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
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The North/South joint venture with South Korea was suspended past year to punish the Kim Jong Un government for conducting nuclear and missile tests, and to cut off a possible source of funding for Pyongyang's illicit weapons development program. "It was preposterous." South Korea's Unification Ministry has said safety guarantees for South Koreans are among the changes needed before it will consider restarting the tours.
Trump hosted a discussion on Tuesday on options to respond to any North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent Pyongyang from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons, the White House said in a statement.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, prepare for take-off to fly a bilateral mission with Japanese and South Korea Air Force jets in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, October 10, 2017.
South Korea readies a weapon to take down the North's power system in case of a war.
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His predecessor, Barack Obama, visited Observation Post Ouellette in 2012, peering into North Korea through bulletproof glass and a pair of binoculars.
"We reiterated our support for our collective strategy of maximum diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea so it will be compelled to return to the negotiating table".
Trump defended his tough approach on Wednesday as he conceded differences on North Korea with his own top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, who advocates keeping open the possibility of negotiations with Kim's authoritarian government.
"The worldwide community won't accept North Korea as a nuclear power". Market participants say global funds offloaded trillions of won worth of bonds late last month over the concerns.
South Korean warships including the nation's first Aegis destroyer, Sejongdaewang (L), in this file photo.
"I told my own staff October 10 is the Korean Workers Party founding day, that's Tuesday in North Korea, but that's Monday, Columbus Day holiday in the US, so stand by your phones", Yong Suk Lee, deputy assistant director of the CIA's Korea Mission Center, told students and reporters at George Washington University.