Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

How Did North Korea Get Nuclear Weapons?

How Did North Korea Get Nuclear Weapons?

The exercises have taken on greater significance this year due to the rise in tensions around North Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, told reporters in Beijing that President Donald Trump directly has "told us to develop credible viable military options and that's exactly what we're doing".

The defence secretary said: "I just can assure you that, in close collaboration with our allies, there are strong military consequences if the DPRK initiates hostilities".

"Our effort is to cause them to want to engage in talks but engage in talks with an understanding that these talks will lead to a different conclusion than talks of the past", Tillerson said.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert was asked Tuesday whether North Korea's conditional proposal to pull back on its threat to launch ballistic missiles near Guam was enough for the U.S. to engage in dialogue.

Of course, it would be nice if the current crisis could be defused by negotiations.

Threatening "fire and fury" against a nuclear-armed, anti-American dictatorship is apt to keep some people up at night, particularly when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he would consider an attack on Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.

US military officials have publicly warned against a military conflict because of the catastrophic loss of life it would lead to, saying diplomatic efforts are the priority. -South Korean military exercises that enrage the North each year could make diplomacy even more hard.

Moon was elected in May. The war of words between the heads of the USA and North Korea is now raising geopolitical tension and also impacting the South Asian market outlook. The ministry quoted Lavrov as saying tensions could rise again with the United States and South Korea set to launch large-scale military exercises on August 21.

Moon said the two countries need to address history issues separately. "I think lots of effort and time could be necessary to overcome a decade of severed ties and to reopen a dialogue".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he'll consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if North stops provocations. Moon said he thinks Trump's belligerent words are meant to show a strong resolve for pressuring the North and don't necessarily display the willingness for military strikes.

Trump said he would unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, offered the suggestion Thursday amid growing concerns surrounding North Korea's nuclear capabilities amplified by recent threats directed toward Guam, a US territory only minutes away by missile. Guam is home to 163,000 US citizens as well as several major USA military bases. A miscalculation on either side could lead to military confrontation.

North Korea eased up on threats as Kim promised he would keep an eye on the USA despite a warning to launch an attack on Guam.

- According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, North Korea's short- and medium-range systems include a host of artillery and short-range rockets, including Scud missiles, No-Dong systems, and a newer mobile solid-fuelled SS-21 variant called the KN-02.

One Canadian fear-monger went so far as to plot out an Austin Powers-worthy scheme wherein Doctor Evil, a.k.a. Jong Un, is going to use his old 1960s-era Soviet submarine to launch a nuclear torpedo into the U.S. Navy's facility at Bangor, Wa.

North Korean "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong Un has made the entire region very nervous over his claims that he intends to continue his nuclear-weapon development program at all costs.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment. He looked right at me and pointed at me and said "from you", says Perry.

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