Clear and Present Danger: North Korea Targets US Base

From Kim's Jong-un's perspective, these complications are quite welcome, because they would underscore to Washington the necessity of engaging his regime in a series of negotiations. No-one is laughing now. According to an opinion survey on presidential candidates, the most promising contender in the race is a former leader of a left-leaning opposition party that is conciliatory toward the North.

A decade later, that confidence has all but evaporated.

Beijing cannot sit by and let her North Korean ally be bombed, nor can it allow US and South Korean forces to defeat the North, bring down the regime, and unite the peninsula, with USA and South Korean soldiers sitting on the Yalu, as they did in 1950 before Mao ordered his Chinese army into Korea. So, instead of cooperating with the United States in defusing its conflict with North Korea, China has vowed to "take the necessary steps to safeguard our own security interests". This would exacerbate China's encirclement sense of being encircled by United States allies and weaponry. Elections to replace Park must be held in May and the current frontrunner was considered to be Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party, who would be expected to take a more conciliatory stance towards the North.

On the same day that the US and South Korea began their military drills, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected the headquarters of Large Combined Unit 966 of the Korean People's Army. "This is a now a military testing programme to acquire a proven capability".

It is Kim Jong Un, 33-year-old grandson of that Stalinist state's founding father, who launched the first Korean War, who brought on this confrontation.

The joint military exercise will continue through the end of April. The final nail in the coffin came in 2009, when the North performed its first successful nuclear weapons test. According to a statement made in 2015 by General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the former commander of USA forces in South Korea, North Korea has made a nuclear weapon small enough to fit atop a missile. President Lee believed that the Sunshine Policy was falling short of its goal of altering the North's behavior, and that much of the South's aid money was finding its way into missile and nuclear weapon development. "The Trump administration has also discussed reintroducing nuclear weapons into South Korea, an extremely unsafe idea". As a result, Seoul is more vulnerable than Pyongyang militarily.

It is too early to say what the immediate consequences of Park Geun-Hye's removal from office will be, but the Damocles sword that awaits her successor is clear enough.

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The country's missiles also have grown more sophisticated.

She noted that there were a grand total of about 21 ballistic missile tests by the North that were in violation of United Nations resolutions last year, and this year alone there have already been five launches that have demonstrated an increasing tempo and an increasing range. According to Capital Economics, spending by Chinese tourists in South Korea is equivalent to around 1.3 per cent of the country's GDP.

Yoo said a change in USA monetary policy could directly affect household debt in South Korea, which the government will try to continue managing.

Kim Jung-soo, Arirang News.

Last week, North Korea launched a minimum of four medium-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.

There have been notable failures as well.

Help us deliver news and views that matter to Malaysians. Yet, already, the basic components for a future arsenal of long-range, nuclear tipped missiles already are in place, said Jeffrey Lewis, an expert on North Korean weapons systems. They showed us the mock-up of the nuclear warhead. Trump's National Security Council is reportedly conducting an in-depth review of U.S. policy toward North Korea, and considering a number of policy options, ranging from preemptive strikes on North Korean nuclear facilities to "soft" regime change through the imposition of harsher sanctions. "This is now a living, breathing thing".


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