'North Korea not to act like Syria in case U.S. attacks'

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

A day after North Korea said it would regularly test missiles, the USA military is considering shooting down the missile tests to pressure the country into denuclearisation.

On Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence-visiting the world's most heavily militarized border that divides the two Koreas-hinted that military options against the North have not been ruled out.

At a hastily called news conference Monday in New York, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, accused the United States of pushing the Korean peninsula "to the brink of a war", warning that a "thermo-nuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula".

Since entering office, Mr. Trump, like former President Barack Obama, has pressed China to use its political and economic leverage over North Korea, its once-close ally. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that US plans to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter, said the missile was a Scud variant that the USA calls a KN-17. "If the United States tries a cruise missile strike like what is done in Syria, then the North has the very serious capability of going to war against South Korea and targeting U.S. bases", Osgood noted. "We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable". Pyongyang continues to threaten to destroy Japan, South Korea, and the United States with its missiles.

In Tokyo, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said: "Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace".

The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

Pence told reporters that the North Korean people and military "should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies", calling the alliance "iron-clad".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, speaks as South Korea's acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn listens during a joint news conference after their meeting in Seoul, South Korea, April 17, 2017.

The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations.

Trump said he has a good chemistry with Xi.

The Trump administration reportedly wants to attract more foreign direct investment. "The British are deathly afraid of rapprochement between the United States and Russian Federation and if China is part of that, they are even more afraid".

Tunnels from North Korea into South Korea have been found before, though none have been uncovered since 1990.

The North regularly launches short-range missiles, but is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target US troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland.

And while North Korea's capability to recover missiles from extreme depths of the ocean is believed to be limited, Pyongyang was able to obtain missile fragments of a submarine misfire in 2015 when those pieces were spotted floating in the water, according to reports at the time. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

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