Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Pence warns North Korea: The sword stands ready

Pence warns North Korea: The sword stands ready

North Korea's state television aired chilling footage of the United States being hit by a nuclear bomb in a World War 3 simulation.

"We are sending an armada". Trump and the current USA military are not having to play- or outplay- the same man. Kim Jong-un is a very different man from Kim Jong-il, and with tensions escalating between the two nations, it seems like the right time to scrub up on the nomenclature.

Controversy is growing here after USA online media reported that Trump made that remark in an interview with the Wall Street Journal while sharing what was discussed with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in their recent summit held earlier this month.

US Vice President Mike Pence has issued a fresh warning to North Korea, saying that Washington will counter any potential attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

The U.S. military's Pacific Command explained that the USS Carl Vinson strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-planned period of training with Australia.

"The paradoxical episode has prompted a heated debate in the media, with some observers claiming that Trump's empty threats have dealt a blow to the new administration's credibility and the others blaming the embarrassing situation on a miscommunication between the Pentagon and the White House".

But the timing of the military exercises will have only added to the growing tensions in the area over North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

At a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday, Fox News reporter John Roberts asked President Donald Trump about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's mental health.

"Strategic patience", of course, was an Obama-era term for:"We don't want to do anything and we need to make that sound smart instead of weak". More agreements to behave and end weapon programs are only going to put us on the same merry-go-round we've been riding for years with this guy and his father (and grandfather before him).

"There will be no strike against North Korea", Gusev said, "Because the Democratic People's Republic of Korea possesses not only nuclear weapons but also delivery vehicles - missiles with a range of about five thousand kilometers". "And that's enough to reach the territory of the United States".

"So, it is most likely that [the US] won't launch a strike against North Korea", the Russian political scientist reiterated, "This adventure would have ended very badly for the United States".

Gusev admitted that Pyongyang remains a major "irritating factor" for the Trump administration.

North Korea has defied the United Nations sanctions by conducting several missile and nuclear tests.

Georgiy Toloray, the head of Korean studies at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has a similar stance.

However, some analysts think the threat of cutting oil supplies to the North is mere rhetoric. "The oil supply card could be a performance by China to impress President Trump, but bears more watching". However, in my opinion this is still a bluff.

In the story titled "Trump weirdly says Korea was part of China, which is totally wrong and could enrage South Korea", Quartz reported that Trump quoted Xi as making the remark during the summit.

Photos provided by the North Korean government showed the submarine-launched missiles being pulled by trucks bearing the logo of the Chinese company Sinotruk.

Have you heard the news? "If they are used by North Korea for military objective, they must have been modified by the North Korean side", said the sales manager, who would give only his surname, Wang.

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