Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

US, S/Korea, Japan plot against N/Korea

US, S/Korea, Japan plot against N/Korea

But the timing, as the USA increases its military presence in the area, allows North Korea to remind its opponents that it could cause crippling damage with conventional artillery to highly populated areas in South Korea. USA military vehicle moves as South Korean police officers try to block residents and protesters who oppose a plan to deploy an advanced US missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in.

Each of the four submarines can carry up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The nuclear-powered USA submarine USS Michigan also made a port call to the South's Busan on Tuesday in another show of force.

(Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/U.S. Navy via AP).

US President Donald Trump sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group for exercises off the Korean peninsula as a warning to Pyongyang, but US officials say sanctions, not military strikes, are the preferred option.

The United States pledged Wednesday to step up sanctions to force North Korea to resume dialogue over its nuclear programme but said it was not looking to bring Kim Jong-Un's regime to its knees.

On Wednesday, Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs chairman General Joseph Dunford, are to hold a rare briefing on North Korea at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate.

"Our military is closely monitoring the North Korean military's movement", the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. "The objective of this briefing is to tell us the situation and the intelligence we have and what (are) the options we have".

Fears have also mounted in recent weeks that North Korea could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch. It is unclear whether North Korea will launch a preemptive attack against the United States or its allies, but USA officials are reaching an "inflection point" in which North Korea can carry through on repeated threats to do so, the admiral said. China's official broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi telling Trump that China strongly opposed North Korea's nuclear weapons program and hoped "all parties will exercise restraint and avoid aggravating the situation".

- North Korea on Tuesday reportedly conducted a huge live-fire drill that involved up to 400 artillery pieces, which may have been supervised by the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

The U.S. 7th Fleet says two of its destroyers are conducting simultaneous maritime exercises with naval ships from Japan and South Korea.

President Donald Trump has said the United States was sending an "armada" to the Korean peninsula, including submarines.

All 100 senators were invited and transported in buses for the unprecedented, classified briefing. He has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile.

McCain said he welcomed the outreach to China. Graham told Fox News he was impressed by Trump's resolve.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California agreed.

Democratic Senator Christopher Coons told reporters after the White House briefing that military options were discussed.

Meanwhile, North Korea's state run mouthpiece, the newspaper Rodong Sinmun, said yesterday there would be dire consequences from a US-led pre-emptive strike.

The North Korean capital's broad, clean avenues were, by the authoritarian nation's usually over-the-top celebratory standards, fairly subdued ahead of Tuesday's 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean.

However, she sees that less as a "walking back" of previous statements, and more a reflection of a lack of clarity about the Trump administration's strategy in the region. Tillerson is chairing a U.N. Security Council meeting Friday created to get nations to enforce existing penalties on North Korea and weigh new ones.

Harris said the USS Carl Vinson strike group is now in the Philippine Sea just east of Okinawa, "in striking range and power projection range of North Korea if called upon to do that".

North Korea's U.N. mission said Wednesday the nation would react to "a total war" with Washington by using nuclear weapons. It said it would win in a "death-defying struggle against the USA imperialists".

Trump, like presidents before him, faces hard options.

Angered by that USA military build-up and the threat of further sanctions, the Kim regime has stepped up its rhetoric, too, unveiling new weapons and lashing out rhetorically at its adversaries.

The crisis on the Korean Peninsula reaches its climax on April. 25, North Korea's Military Foundation Day, when the North might carry out a nuclear test. On the same day, a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea. Russian Federation also sees the system's powerful radars as a security threat.

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the THAAD system's deployment would "disrupt the regional strategic balance and further aggravate the tension on the peninsula". China will take "necessary measures to defend our own interests", he promised.

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