U.S. admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster'

Posted May 20, 2017

Mr Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from Washington on whether Seoul should pay for an anti-missile U.S. radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.

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" ... The most flawless weapon systems in the world will never become the eternal exclusive property of the USA ... the US should not ... disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in (North Korea's) sighting range for strike". As for Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, according to AFP, that the most recent ballistic missile test was risky, but he also warned against attempts to "intimidate" North Korea.

The comments came hours after the South, which hosts 28,500 United States troops, said it wanted to reopen a channel of dialogue with North Korea as Mr Moon seeks a two-track policy, involving sanctions and dialogue, to try to rein in its neighbour.

Ahead of an emergency meeting by the UN Security Council in NY on Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hinted that the U.S. would be pushing for new sanctions against North Korea, and that the U.S. planned to "call out" and sanction nations which continued to support the DPRK.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley put the American position in forceful terms on Tuesday: "We have to turn around and tell the entire global community: You either support North Korea or you support us". It was a point that was also made by Nikki Haley, the USA envoy to the United Nations. "We have not seen anything from them in the past week but we are encouraging them to continue moving forward". It was significant as the Trump administration goes through its teething period of figuring out what America's posture should be in East Asia and South Korea's role in that policy. This places it squarely within the Pentagon's definition of an intermediate-range ballistic missile - and, more important, would make it capable of potentially striking USA bases in Guam.

He emphasized Seoul agreed with Washington on the importance of sanctions and pressure on North Korea, adding that when conditions are matured, dialogue also has to be appropriately used.

China has strongly opposed THAAD, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over the deployment.

Haley answered Putin and others who have made similar comments about the United States: "What about North Korea intimidating us?"

The UN Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to the country's five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches. In his remarks about North Korea on Wednesday, Moon stressed the importance of having "defense that is not only in words but in real capability".

"Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong Un is a recipe for a disaster", Harris said.

Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the consultations were private, said China never mentioned working with the US on a new sanctions resolution, and both China and Russian Federation said they support a negotiated solution through dialogue.

"We're not trying to do any of those things", she said.

(KOREAN) "It might look like North Korea conducted its latest missile test around two months after it carried out engine tests, but its development actually goes back much further".