US adds launchers to THAAD as dozens hurt in South Korea protests

Marsha Scott
September 10, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 3, 2017. "He does not want to see what is happening there either".

Zhao Tong, a North Korean affairs expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre, said Beijing could tighten restrictions on North Korea's sources of foreign currency with bans on textile exports and all North Korean labourers working overseas.

"At the moment, in connection with a successful test of the hydrogen bomb for arming the inter-continental ballistic missiles the United States and its satellite countries are mounting a campaign of condemnation and tighter sanctions against our republic", he said.

Residents and activists have raised worries over rumored health hazards linked to the system's powerful radar and the possibility the town will become a target of North Korean attacks.

As hard as it is to imagine nuclear war, it's even harder to imagine what - short of military action - the US can do to dissuade North Korean from achieving its longtime goal of building a complete nuclear arsenal capable of hitting American cities, particularly on the West Coast.

But he said he believed North Korea's leadership feared that any freeze of its nuclear program would be followed by what amounted to "an invitation to the cemetery". The demand contradicted the stance of their host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who in an earlier meeting with Moon dismissed sanctions as a solution.

Washington's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is expected to unveil yet another new UN sanctions package targeting Kim Jong-Un's regime this week.

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"We are very concerned that North Korea might not be able to be deterred", the official said, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity shortly after Trump's remarks. "I think so", he said.

Top Trump administration officials including defence secretary James Mattis, secretary of state Rex Tillerson and joint chiefs of staff chairman Joseph Dunford briefed Congress on Wednesday about the crisis and the administration's approach.

"There is an unbelievable disconnect between the people in that room and their boss", Sen. "And that freaks the hell out of me". "And it leaves the entire world scratching their head", Murphy added.

Seoul's concerns get credence as the Korean peninsula recalls the fifth nuclear test conducted by Jong-un on the September 9 anniversary previous year. The measures were aimed at cutting about one-third of North Korea's $3 billion in export income.

In a statement, the government said it had given the ambassador 72 hours to leave Mexico in a step meant to express its "absolute rejection" of North Korea's actions, describing them as a grave threat to the region and the world.

Meanwhile, two Japanese fighters and two United States bombers carried out a joint exercise over the East China Sea on Saturday, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said in Tokyo.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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