Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Nervous Japanese hold drill in case North Korea fires missiles over them

Nervous Japanese hold drill in case North Korea fires missiles over them

South Korean and U.S. forces have commenced computer-simulated military exercises Monday amid tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. China has never done what it can and what it should do when it comes to North Korea because China's interests and priorities of the Korean peninsula have been fundamentally different from the United States.

David Straub, a former USA diplomat who is now a fellow at the Sejong Institute, a research organization near Seoul, said with Moon advocating a policy of engagement and dialog, it is already hard for Washington to work with Seoul to influence Pyongyang's weapons programs. I think the U.S. does not want to accept nuclear North Korea and the United States will not ever say that they will accept, but the reality is we will have to live with nuclear North Korea like we live with nuclear Pakistan, nuclear China, nuclear Russian Federation.

The North also criticized the recent visits of top USA military officials to South Korea - Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris, Strategic Command Commander Gen. John Hyten and Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves - saying they were here to hold a "war confab". But, because of the increased attention on the Korean peninsula, North Korea's allies of China and Russian Federation are making louder calls to freeze these exercises in the interest of getting North Korea back to the table to talk about de-escalating aggression on the peninsula. Known as Joe, he crossed a minefield at age 21 to reach North Korea after his wife divorced him, and he was reportedly about to be court martialed.

Some 50,000 South Korean soldiers are expected to participate in the exercise, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

"I don't know exactly when (it will happen), but a sixth nuclear test is a less risky option for North Korea than firing missiles towards Guam". "We're very transparent in what we're doing just to avoid miscalculation".

Hwang Jae-ho, a regional security analyst at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, said the garment trade between China and North Korea could undermine sanctions on the regime.

Although they are both much smaller sources of export revenue for North Korea, the two industries have seen a rise in exports this year. However, the US and South Korea appear to be quite unfazed with the constant barbs of North Korea.

At the same time, China exported US$35 million in clothing to North Korea.

After a July missile test by North Korea, Trump went on Twitter to ask whether Kim has "anything better to do with his life?"

"The North Korean army is placing the South Korean military in its crosshairs", the Uriminzokkiri commentary warned.

"This is a suicidal act of inviting disaster as it is an illustration of political immaturity unaware of the seriousness of the current situation", the statement said.

Munoz adds: "We respect the request from the United States, but Chile maintains relations".

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