Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

United States missile defense plans to zap North Korean threats

The approach involves economic sanctions, military deterrence, and diplomatic pressure to force Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

Scrutiny of China's commercial ties with its isolated neighbour intensified further following North Korea's first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile two weeks ago.

"It's based on how much money we're putting into that program", he said.

"Yes, more sanctions", Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told reporters on Monday, adding however that that wouldn't be enough. Russian Federation believes the only solution to the Korean dispute is negotiations with Pyongyang that result in security guarantees for the Kim Jong Un regime.

The U.S. technological race is happening on the ground, at sea, in the air and in space. In a recent joint statement with its Chinese counterparts, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced its opposition to large-scale military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea on the Korean peninsula.

In addition to existing sanctions, the statement said that the European Union "will consider further appropriate responses" in coordination with allies and United Nations efforts. There was also a meeting that day in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at which they jointly declared their support for a deescalation of the Korean dispute that would couple a freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile development with a hold on large-scale US and South Korean military exercises.

Congress in 2013 required the Defense Department to research a third site for ground-based interceptors to defend the U.S. East Coast, in addition to the silos in Alaska and California. They believe stepped-up pressure on Pyongyang and China, at least for now, is the best route back to serious discussions.

On Tuesday, July 11, the United States Missile Defense Agency successfully intercepted a test target with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, proving the effectiveness of the missile defense system now deployed in South Korea.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40 percent in the first quarter".

Even though South Korea has continued to participate in USA -led military drills, a recent statement from Moon Chung-in, a major adviser to the South Korean presidential administration, calling for downsized military exercises has captured the attention of Russian policymakers. As U.S. Naval War College expert Lyle Goldstein recently noted, Chinese policymakers believe that a Russian Pacific fleet deployment in the Sea of Japan will counter American and Japanese military maneuvers, benefiting China's regional military strategy.

The request to Pyongyang was made by the government of President Moon Jae-in, who only came to power in May.

It is for this reason that North Korea sought nuclear weapons and maintained the level of belligerence and saber rattling it has.

The regime claimed it has carried out successful testing on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and has created technology to mount a nuclear warhead on the missile.

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