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North Korea Kim Jong Un Says Ready to Strike USS Carl Vinson

North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.

US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension+ over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details.

North Korea Says It Is 'Ready to Sink' U.S. Aircraft Carrier                            

According to Yahoo News, Time,  James Pearson and Steve Holland / AP Dated April 23rd, 2017:  (SEOUL/WASHINGTON) - North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, in the latest sign of rising tension as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to call the leaders of China and Japan.

The United States ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to mounting concern over the North’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

The U.S. government has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive “within days,” but gave no other details.

North Korea remained defiant.

“Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said in a commentary.

The paper likened the aircraft carrier to a “gross animal” and said a strike on it would be “an actual example to show our military’s force”.

The commentary was carried on page three of the newspaper, after a two-page feature about leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a pig farm.

A senior U.S. administration official said Trump was expected to speak later on Sunday with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

In another sign of the intense focus on Pyongyang in Washington, the White House is expected to host U.S. senators for a top-level briefing on North Korea on Wednesday, a White House official said.

The official said the briefing would be led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks the North could soon stage another nuclear test, something the United States, China and others have warned against.

South Korea has put its forces on heightened alert.

China, North Korea’s sole major ally, opposes Pyongyang’s weapons programs and has appealed for calm. The United States has called on China to do more to help defuse the tension.

Speaking during a visit to Greece, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there were already enough shows of force and confrontation and appealed for calm.

“We need to issue peaceful and rational sounds,” Wang said, according to a statement issued by China’s Foreign Ministry.

U.S. citizen detained

Adding to the tensions, North Korea detained a Korean-American man in his 50s, bringing the total number of U.S. citizens held by Pyongyang to three.

The man, Tony Kim, had been in North Korea for a month teaching accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), the institution’s chancellor, Chan-Mo Park, told Reuters. He was arrested at Pyongyang International Airport on his way out of the country.

The arrest took place on Saturday morning local time, the university said in a statement, and was “related to an investigation into matters that are not connected in any way to PUST”.

North Korea will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army on Tuesday.

It has in the past marked important anniversaries with tests of its weapons.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, two of them last year, and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States.

It has also carried out a series of ballistic missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat is perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting Trump.

He has vowed to prevent the North from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile and has said all options are on the table, including a military strike.

Worry in Japan

North Korea says its nuclear programer is for self-defense and has warned the United States of a nuclear attack in response to any aggression. It has also threatened to lay waste to South Korea and Japan.

The U.S. defense secretary said on Friday that North Korea’s recent statements were provocative but had proven to be hollow in the past and should not be trusted.

“We’ve all come to hear their words repeatedly; their word has not proven honest,” Mattis told a news conference in Tel Aviv, before the latest threat to the aircraft carrier.

Two Japanese warships, the Samidare and Ashigara, left western Japan on Friday to join the Carl Vinson and will “practice a variety of tactics” with the U.S. strike group, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force said in a statement.

The Japanese force did not specify where the exercises were taking place, but the destroyers by Sunday could have reached an area 2,500 km (1,500 miles) south of Japan, which would be east of the Philippines.

From there, it could take three days to reach waters off the Korean peninsula. Japan’s ships would accompany the Carl Vinson north at least into the East China Sea, a source with knowledge of the plan said.

Japan’s show of naval force reflects growing concern that North Korea could strike it with nuclear or chemical warheads.

Some Japanese ruling party lawmakers are urging Abe to acquire strike weapons that could hit North Korean missile forces before any imminent attack.

Japan’s navy, which is mostly a destroyer fleet, is the second largest in Asia after China’s.

Additional reporting by Ju-min Park, Tim Kelly, Ben Blanchard

This article was originally published on TIME.com

Arirang News on April 23rd

North Korea Kim Jong Un Says Ready to Strike USS Carl Vinson

North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.

US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension+ over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details.

 

US-ROK Air Power Send Strong Message to North Korea.

North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.

US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension+ over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details.

Sources: White House, Arirang News, Defense Today, Yahoo, Youtupe menia,  wikipedia, AP, Alzeezara and search

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund,April 23th, 2017,
Rev. April 24, 2017

 

 

According to UN, Dated April 20th, 2017:  Security Council condemns latest ‘highly destabilizing’ DPRK ballistic missie test

Security Council condemns latest ‘highly destabilizing’ DPRK

ballistic missile test Wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine (file)

20 April – Strongly condemning the 15 April ballistic-missile launch conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today demanded that the country immediately cease further actions in violation of the UN body’s relevant resolutions and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions.

In a press statement, the Council expressed its utmost concern over the DPRK’s “highly destabilizing behaviour and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council by conducting this ballistic-missile launch in violation of its international obligations under its successive resolutions on the issue between 2006 and 2016.

Council members agreed that the 15-member body would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures, including sanctions, in line with its previously expressed

determination.

Stressing that the DPRK’s illegal ballistic-missile activities are contributing to its development of nuclear-weapons delivery systems and are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond, the members of the Council further regretted that the country is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons while its citizens have great unmet needs.

The members of the Security Council went on to emphasize the vital importance of the DPRK immediately showing sincere commitment to denuclearization and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond. To that end, the Council demanded the DPRK conduct no further nuclear tests.

Further to the press statement, the Council strongly urged all Member States to significantly accelerate their efforts to implement fully the measures imposed on the DPRK by the Security Council, particularly the comprehensive measures contained in resolutions 2321 (2016) and 2270 (2016).

The Security Council reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North- East Asia at large, expressed their commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation and welcomed efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.

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North Korea's Last year in January, 2016, North Korea claims that they tested a hydrogen bomb.

Images as released by North Korea of hydrogen bomb test.

North Korean Video shows nuclear destruction of Washington D.C. [English]

 

US Deployed  Boeing's Nuclear Sniffer Plane To Japan As North Korea Tension - politics.   You can see via Today's
Alternative News Channel - US Deploys "Nuclear Sniffer" Plane To Japan As North Korea Tensions Come To A Boil.

The Boeing WC-135 Constant Phoenix is a special-purpose aircraft derived from the Boeing C-135 and used by the United States Air Force. Its mission is to collect samples from the atmosphere for the purpose of detecting and identifying nuclear explosions. It is also informally referred to as the "weather bird" or "the sniffer" by workers on the program.

 

 The WC-135' operation history was introduced in December 1965, replacing Boeing WB-50 aircraft in the weather-reconnaissance and air-sampling mission. Ten aircraft were initially converted from C-135B transport aircraft and were placed in service with the 55th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at McClellan Air Force Base, California, with the Military Airlift Command (MAC). Detachments were located at various bases throughout the United States and worldwide. The aircraft occasionally took on other roles throughout their careers; several aircraft were temporarily assigned to the 10th Airborne Command and Control Squadron at RAF Mildenhall in the late 1980s and early 1990s as training aircraft so that the unit could reduce the accumulation of flight hours on its EC-135Hs,  while others served as staff transports on an as-needed basis.

While most aircraft were placed into storage in the early 1990s, three were retained for further use. Serial no. 61-2666 was converted to an NC-135 and remains in service as a testbed for RC-135 equipment upgrades. Serial no. 61-2667 was upgraded to a WC-135W, given the project name Constant Phoenix, and remains in service with the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Serial no. 61-2674 was converted to the first OC-135B Open Skies observation aircraft, reentering service in 1993. It was later stored in 1997 and replaced with two additional aircraft.

In 1998, a former EC-135C, serial no. 62-3582, was converted into a WC-135C, also designated Constant Phoenix.

Mission

The WC-135C and WC-135W Constant Phoenix atmospheric-collection aircraft support national-level intelligence consumers by collecting particulate debris and gaseous effluents from accessible regions of the atmosphere in support of the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963.

Features

The Constant Phoenix’s modifications are primarily related to the aircraft's on-board atmospheric collection suite, which allows the mission crew to detect radioactive debris "clouds" in real time. The aircraft is equipped with external flow-through devices to collect particulates on filter paper and a compressor system for whole air samples collected in high-pressure holding spheres. Despite the different designations, both the C and W carry the same mission equipment (similar to the RC-135V and W aircraft).

The interior seats 33 people, including the cockpit crew, maintenance personnel, and special equipment operators from the Air Force Technical Applications Center. On operational sorties, the crew is minimized to just pilots, navigator, and special-equipment operators, to reduce radiation exposure to mission-essential personnel only.

Vela Incident

WC-135B aircraft flew 25 sorties in 1979 to try to ascertain whether a double flash in the south Atlantic that was detected by a Vela satellite was a nuclear weapons test,  however, the result was inconclusive.

Pakistan & India

The Constant Phoenix aircraft was used to gather information on the nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan and India in 1998.

North Korea

On October 6, 2006, Japan's Kyodo News agency reported that a US military aircraft, equipped to detect radiation from a nuclear test, took off from southern Japan. This was believed to be part of US efforts to prepare to monitor a North Korean nuclear test.

On October 9, 2006, North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the country had performed a successful underground nuclear test.

On October 13, 2006, CNN reported: "The U.S. Air Force flew a WC-135 Constant Phoenix atmospheric collection aircraft on Tuesday to collect air samples from the region. A preliminary analysis of air samples from North Korea shows 'radioactive debris consistent with a North Korea nuclear test', according to a statement from the office of the top U.S. intelligence official. The statement, from the office of Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, was sent to Capitol Hill but not released publicly. CNN obtained it from a congressional source. The national intelligence office statement said the air samples were collected Wednesday, and analysis found debris that would be consistent with a nuclear test 'in the vicinity of Punggye' on Monday. The South Korean Defense Ministry told CNN that the United States has informed it that radioactivity has been detected." The aircraft was based at Offutt AFB and was sent to Kadena Air Base on Okinawa to operate during the sampling missions.[4]

On June 17, 2009, JoongAng Daily reported, in reference to a purported May 25 nuclear test by North Korea: "The U.S. Air Force twice dispatched a special reconnaissance jet, the WC-135 Constant Phoenix from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, to collect air samples."

On November 23, 2010, Sankei Shimbun reported that a WC-135 had been moved to Kadena Air Base in September 2010, in anticipation of a North Korean nuclear test.

On January 31, 2013, the WC-135W was reported to be conducting surveillance flights out of Kadena Air Base in anticipation of another North Korean nuclear test.

On January 6, 2016, the United States Air Force confirmed plans to soon deploy the WC-135 to test for radiation near North Korea to examine North Korea's claim that they had successfully conducted a hydrogen-bomb test on January 5 (EST).[8]

On September 8, 2016, it was reported that the WC-135 would soon begin surveillance flights near the Korean Peninsula[9] after South Korean officials confirmed that North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test at approximately 0:30 UTC.[10]

On April 12, 2017, it was deployed to Okinawa amid rising tensions with North Korea. North Korea conducted a missile test on April 3 2017.[11]

Japan

On March 17, 2011, CNN reported that the WC-135W had been deployed from Offutt Air Force Base to Eielson Air Force Base. From there it will assist in detecting radioactive materials in the atmosphere around Japan, monitoring radioactivity released from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant caused by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11, 2011.

Europe

In 1986, the WC-135C was deployed to Europe to help monitor the air after the Chernobyl disaster.

On February 17, 2017, it was reported that the WC-135C had been deployed to RAF Mildenhall. It was conjectured that this came in response to several reports of anomalous levels of iodine-131 coming from the Norwegian-Russian Border. As of April 10, 2017, there was no official cause of the iodine-131 release.

Operator: United States, United States Air Force - Air Combat Command

•55th Wing - Offutt AFB, Nebraska

Specifications

General characteristics

•Crew: varies with mission

•Length: 139 ft 11 in (42.6 m)

•Wingspan: 130 ft 10 in (39.9 m)

•Height: 42 ft (12.8 m)

•Wing area: 2,433 ft² (226 m²)

•Max. takeoff weight: 300,500 lb (136,300 kg)

•Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-5 (WC-135W); Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-9 (WC-135C) turbofan, 16,050 lbf (71.4 kN) each

Performance

•Maximum speed: 350 KIAS (648 km/h)

•Range: 4000 miles (6437 km)

•Service ceiling: 40,000 ft (12,200 m)

•Wing loading: 123.5 lb/ft² (603 kg/m²)

•Thrust/weight: 0.21

Armament

•None

See also

•Bhangmeter

Related development

•Boeing C-135 Stratolifter

•Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

•Boeing OC-135B Open Skies

•Boeing RC-135

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

•WC-130

Related lists

•List of active military aircraft of the United States

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website http://www.af.mil.

1Harper, John. "WC-135 Constant Phoenix".

2http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Air/Boeing-WC-135B-(717-158)/0179969/&sid=303d598aa83843e9d7641307812557e1

3"History of the Air Force Technical Applications Centre, Patrick Airforce Base, Florida: Volume 1" (PDF). United States Airforce via National Security Archive. 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2008-08-25.

4Timesonline.co.uk, Cold War aircraft searches the sky for proof of test.

5joongangdaily.joins.com, U.S. finds that North test in May was nuclear.

6"U.S. Moves Spy Aircraft in Preparation for N.Korean Nuke Test". The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). 24 November 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2016.

7Park Hyun and Jeong Nam-ku (January 31, 2013). "Clinton still hoping North Korea won't conduct a nuclear test". The Hankyoreh. Retrieved February 13, 2013.

8Lamothe, Dan (6 January 2016). "This is the Air Force radiation sniffer plane deploying after North Korea's nuclear test". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 January 2016.

9CNN, Brad Lendon. "US to fly 'radiation sniffer' jet off Korea".

10CNN, Katie Hunt, K. J. Kwon and Jason Hanna. "North Korea claims successful test of nuclear warhead".

11"Nuke-sniffer aircraft arrives on Okinawa as tensions rise on Korean peninsula". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2017-04-12.

12"Japan quake tsunamiThis Just In". CNN. March 16, 2011.

13http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/16/6282458-us-boosts-radiation-sniffing-system

14[www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A249.pdf "FOIA - 2011-0118/0119/012"] (PDF). Nuclear Regulatory Commision. January 26, 2012.

15http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/constant-phoenix-after-decades-of-service-a-little-recognition-at-last/

16"WC-135 Constant Phoenix > U.S. Air Force > Fact Sheet Display". www.af.mil. Retrieved 2017-04-18.

17"U.S. Air Force deploys WC-135 nuclear sniffer aircraft to UK as spike of radioactive Iodine levels is detected in Europe". The Aviationist. 2017-02-19. Retrieved 2017-04-12.

18Bertrand, Pierre (2017-02-23). "Europe baffled by "recent release" of radioactive Iodine-131". euronews. Retrieved 2017-04-12.

19Rogoway, Tyler. "Has There Been A "Nuclear Incident" In The Arctic?".

20Pike, John. "55th Wing [55th WG]".

External links

•USAF: WC-135 Constant Phoenix - Factsheet

•Airliners.net Boeing WC-135W (717-158)

•GlobalSecurity.org WC-135 page

•Fas.org WC-135 page

•CNN coverage of Constant Phoenix and North Korean Nuclear Test

 

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According to White House,

Remarks by the Vice President and
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Aso
at a Press Conference

The Prime Minister’s Residence

Tokyo, Japan

For Immediate Release

 

April 18th, 2017

 

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ASO:  (As interpreted.)  I’m delighted to welcome to Vice President Pence to Japan in April when some cherry blossoms are still remaining.  Perhaps it reminded you of the big celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival, which was held in Washington last month.  So I hope you can still have some good impression about the cherry blossom.

Vice President Pence in his governor days in the state of Indiana visited Japan many times over and attracted many Japanese businesses to Indiana.  He had really always worked very hard to strength Japan-U.S. relationship.  Very soon after my visit to the United States where I had a very useful meeting with our dear, longstanding friend of Japan in February, I am very proud to say today that the Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue was kicked off, opening up a new page for our bilateral relations.

I feel very proud about it.  Security and economy are two wheels supporting Japan-U.S. alliance for the stability of the Asian Pacific region, economic prosperity is indispensable.  At the dialogue today, from the perspective of further deepening win-win economic relations between Japan and the United States, Vice President Pence and I were able to have a good discussion.

Going forward in the dialogue we concurred to discuss three pillars, namely common strategy on trade and investment rule and issues; cooperation in economic and structural policy area; sectoral cooperation.  Those three pillars will be discussed.

As for the common strategy for trade and investment rules and issues, at the Japan-U.S. summit meeting held a while ago, two leaders confirmed that they are fully committed to strengthening economic relationship bilaterally, as well as in the region based on the free and fair trade rules.

And based on this common recognition, Japan and U.S. relationship will further be strengthened.  And under our bilateral leadership we will build high-level trade and investment standards and spread that to the Asian Pacific region, that is free and fair trade rules.

To rectify unfair trading practices in the region, Japan and the United States agree to further our mutual cooperation.  Being mindful of WTO’s dispute settlement procedures, Japan will push for Japan-U.S. authorities to work ever more closely, including the minister of foreign affairs dispute settlement section, as well as general counsel office, which was newly formed within METI.

On the cooperation on economic and structural policy area, Japan and the U.S. will actively use three-pronged approach of fiscal monetary and structural policy agreed at G7.  And we’ll discuss the ways to lead a balanced and strong growth.  Views will be exchanged on international economic and financial developments, and we’ll work closely.

On sectoral cooperation, infrastructure such as high-speed rail and energy various themes where Japan-U.S. could cooperate will be taken up.  And Japan-U.S. economic relationship will be deepened, a multi-faceted front along with these three pillars, Japan-U.S. economic relations will leap forward significantly.  And Japan and U.S. together will lead strongly economic growth of the Asian Pacific region, as well as the rest of the world.

Also Vice President Pence and I agreed to hold the second economic dialogue meeting by the end of this year at a mutually convenient time.

To further deepen Japan-U.S. win-win economic relations and to build a new history of our bilateral relations going forward, Vice President Pence and I will continue to have constructive dialogue.  As far as looking at the Japan-U.S. relationship, we started with a friction, but for the very first time, no longer it’s a friction.  But it’s based on the cooperation now.  This is a very important juncture where we are opening a new page.

Thank you so much.  

Vice President Pence, please.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Konnichiwa and hello.  To Deputy Prime Minister Aso, thank you.  Thank you for your great hospitality and your friendship and the kindness that you've shown us in the effort that begins today.

I thank you for your tireless work to strengthen the bond between your nation and mine.  It is an honor to be back in Japan.  On my very first visit to the Asian Pacific as Vice President of the United States, I had to come to Japan.

I bring greetings from the President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.  And earlier today on the President’s behalf, I had the honor to meet with Prime Minister Abe to reaffirm the abiding friendship and the enduring alliance between Japan and the United States.  

The United States-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Asia Pacific.  And under President Trump, America is committed to strengthening our alliance and deepening our friendship for the benefit of our people and for the benefit of the world.

Already our bond is growing stronger.  Prime Minister Abe was one of the very first world leaders who President Trump hosted at the White House.  They continued their meeting at the Southern White House, and I can attest personally that they have forged a good, personal relationship which is already benefitting both of our nations.

Their relationship truly demonstrates the extraordinary respect that President Trump has for our critically important ally Japan.  Today as we have for more than half a century, the United States and Japan stand united in defense of democracy and the rule of law, not only in this region, but all across the world.

Tomorrow I will speak from the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan at Yokosuka Naval Base, a tangible sign of our unity with Japan and the United States’ unyielding commitment to peace and security in the Asia Pacific.

Under President Trump, the United States will continue to work with Japan and with all our allies in the region, including South Korea to confront the most ominous threat posing this region of the world, the regime in North Korea.  And let me be clear, our commitment is unwavering and our resolve could not be stronger.

As President Trump told Prime Minister Abe at the Southern White House so I say on his behalf today to all the people of Japan, in these challenging times, we are with you 100 percent.

In the face of provocations across the Sea of Japan, the people of this country should know that we stand with you in the defense of your security and prosperity now and always.  Now the United States will continue to work with Japan, our allies across the region, and China to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear until North Korea abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.  But all options are on the table.

Nevertheless, President Trump and I have great confidence that together with Japan and our allies in the region, we will protect the peace and security of this part of the world and achieve our shared goal of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Now security is the foundation of our prosperity.  But promoting prosperity is actually the main reason that I had the privilege of meeting today with your deputy prime minister.  At the direction of President Trump and Prime Minister Abe, today Deputy Prime Minister Aso and I have the great privilege to formally launch the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue.  

This dialogue presents the United States and Japan with an opportunity to deepen our bilateral economic ties and to foster jobs, prosperity, and growth on both sides of the Atlantic [sic].  We're building on a strong foundation.  But as the Prime Minister said, our economies have been intertwined for generations, and this is a new day and a new chapter in relations between the United States and Japan.

Every day, though, our nations already exchange goods and services that improve people’s lives and help businesses on both sides of the Pacific succeed.  Japan is the United States’ fourth largest goods trading partner and our fourth largest goods export market.  And Japan is one of America’s leading investors.  Japanese foreign direct investment in the United States now totals more than $400 billion, the second-most of any nation.

I saw that firsthand back in my old job when I was governor of Indiana, how trade and investment between our countries can be beneficial to us all.  In 2013 and again in 2015, I led a group of Indiana businesses and community leaders here to Japan to foster closer economic ties, create jobs, and spur opportunity and growth.  

Today the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue seeks the very same objectives for both of our countries in full.  It signifies President Trump’s commitment to strengthening our economic relationship with Japan using a bilateral approach.

Today’s meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Aso was an opportunity for us to broadly discuss how we view the dialogue structure and goals.  The Prime Minister and I agreed that the dialogue will focus on three key policy pillars, as he just discussed.  The first is a “common strategy on trade and investment rules and issues.”  Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States seeks stronger and more balanced bilateral trade relationships with every country, including Japan.  Our goal is simple:  We seek trade that is free and we seek trade that is fair.

This requires breaking down barriers, leveling the playing field so that American companies and exporters can enjoy high levels of market access.

The second pillar involves economic and structural policies with a specific focus on fiscal and monetary issues.  President Trump believes that both the United States and Japan can enact pro-growth and fiscally sustainable monetary and budgetary policies, a key to both of our long-term economic success.

The final pillar is what we call sectoral cooperation.  The President and I are confident that we can find new ways to expand our economic ties with Japan in different sectors and different industries.  American and Japanese businesses have much to offer each other.  By working together, we can ensure that our two nations’ economic leadership grows even stronger in the years ahead to the benefit of all of our people.

This is an important day for the partnership between the United States and Japan, and I’m deeply humbled to be a part of it.  The U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue will provide us with a new forum to address the economic issues that are crucial to our long-term success.  The relevant U.S. agencies -- the Department of Commerce, the Department of Treasury, and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office will lead discussions for each of these three pillars, focusing on concrete economic results in the near term and reporting back to my office.

The Deputy Prime Minister and I look forward to receiving input on the progress and accomplishment from these agencies over the coming months, and we have agreed to meet again by the end of the year to discuss the progress in each area.

President Trump and I are confident that working with Prime Minister Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Aso, we will open a new chapter of opportunity and agreement for both our people.  

The President is working tirelessly to create forward momentum to deepen our bilateral economic partnership with Japan.  And today’s announcement is a reflection of that.  President Trump and I are grateful that Prime Minister Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Aso share our goal of a mutually beneficial economic relationship, and we look forward to working with them through the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue to achieve our vision of an equal partnership that creates jobs and prosperity and growth in the United States and in Japan on an equal basis.

We have before us a historic opportunity, and today I say with confidence based on our first discussions we will seize this opportunity.  We will take this moment to strengthen the ties of commerce and friendship that exist between our people.  And I believe we will usher in a new era of prosperity for ourselves and for future generations.

There is a closeness between our people that is best described with a Japanese word, and it does not have a corollary in the English language.  But I learned it a while ago.  As governor of Indiana, I had the opportunity to understand and appreciate the more than 250 Japanese companies that had decided to make Indiana home.  The word is kizuna, and it is a reflection of a close relationship -- a relationship of understanding and of mutual respect.  And I can't help but feel today that we're renewing that relationship on that foundation as we initiate this important U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue.

So thank you again, Mr. Deputy Prime Minister, for hosting me here today.  I look forward to this work with great anticipation.

Q    (As interpreted.)  I have both questions to Mr. Aso and Vice President Pence.  Trump administration declared they would withdraw from TPP.  And within Japan great attention is drawn to what is going to be the U.S. trade policy going forward.  Mr. Lighthizer, USTR nominee, said that in the agricultural area trading and negotiation Japan will be the first to target.  So what will be the trade negotiation going forward between Japan and U.S.?  What is the outlook?  Are you looking for concluding Japan-U.S. FTA in the end?

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ASO:  Thank you, now can I answer your question first?  

Well, at the Economic Dialogue this time as the common strategy on trade and investment rules and issues, free and fair rule-based trade and investment is an indispensable value and action principle for realizing the growth and prosperity not only for Japan and the United States but for the rest of the global economy, as well.

And on this course, once again Vice President Pence and I were able to confirm this.  And based on that, having a good understanding about the situations underway in the Asian Pacific, it’s important that Japan-U.S. should lead the rulemaking process in the region.  I think it’s very important, and we've been discussing that concretely -- not only to strengthen trade and investment flow bilaterally, but also Japan-U.S. can play pivotal role in spreading high-level, fair rules over Asia and the Pacific region.

We like to strengthen economic aspect of Japan-U.S. alliance, and we've been discussing that.

And looking at the Japan-U.S. economic relationship, it used to be described as being an economic fiction.  We started with the word fiction.  And fiction used to be the symbol of our bilateral relationship, but no longer.  We are now in the era of cooperation between our two countries.

It’s not a matter of which sides say what to the other side.  From the big picture and strategic point of view, we would like to seek the best shape and forum of bilateral framework and define its significance and have a good constructive discussion.  And I think we were able to mark a first step toward that.

Thank you.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, thank you for your comments, Mr. Deputy Prime Minister.

And in response to the question let me say with great respect to those who worked on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the past, the TPP is a thing of the past for the United States of America.  The Trump administration has made a decision and taken steps to formally withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and that will be our policy going forward.

But today I think gives evidence to the fact that the United States of America is determined to reach out to our partners here in the Asian Pacific and around the world to at least begin to explore the possibility of expanded economic opportunities, including trade, on a bilateral basis.  

President Trump truly does believe that it’s in the interests of the United States of America to negotiate trade agreements on a bilateral basis.  That creates a framework within which countries can better assess whether the deal itself is -- what we call a win-win arrangement.

But today I think what the Deputy Prime Minister has said so eloquently is that today we're beginning a process of an economic dialogue, the end of which may result in bilateral trade negotiations in the future.

But we're beginning that conversation today, beginning to identify areas that we can enhance and strengthen the economic interaction between our two nations.  And at some point in the future, there may be a decision made between our nations to take what we have learned in this dialogue and commence formal negotiations for a free-trade agreement.

But I’ll leave that to the future, but tell you that these discussions are very much a reflection of the President’s view that negotiating at arms’ length on a bilateral basis with nations is the best path forward for the United States, the best path forward for the nations with whom we enter into such agreements, and I think in the days ahead you’ll continue to see the United States work on a bilateral basis with countries around the world to expand jobs and opportunity for our people and the prosperity of the world at large.

Q    Thank you very much.  Vice President Pence, you've said that the United States will increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea.  Today we heard Prime Minister Abe say that while he agrees with that, and we shouldn’t have dialogue for dialogue’s sake, Japan also places paramount importance on the need to seek a diplomatic effort to achieve a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

My question is:  What exactly must North Korea do?  What are the conditions for beginning that dialogue?  And what form should that dialogue take?

And for Deputy Prime Minister Aso, President Trump during his campaign often called on Japan to share more of the burden for common defense and pay more for U.S. security presence here in Japan.  What specifically is Japan prepared to do to respond to President Trump’s call?

(Speaks Japanese.)

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Thank you, Josh.  Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula has been the longstanding policy of the United States of America, of South Korea, of Japan, of China, and it’s been the longstanding policy of nations across the world.

For more than a generation, we've seen the very failure of dialogue writ large.  First we remember the agreed framework of the 1990s, then we remember the six-party talks.  And with good-faith efforts by nations around the world again and again, North Korea met those efforts and resolution with broken promises and more provocations.

That's why we've said the era of strategic patience is over.  And President Trump has made it very clear:  The policy of the United States of America will be to reach out to our allies in the region here in Japan where I just had a productive conversation with Prime Minister Abe on this topic.  Yesterday, in South Korea, where I met with officials in the National Assembly and acting President Hwang.  

President Trump recently met with President Xi, and the President of China reaffirmed China’s commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.  It is our belief that by bringing together the family of nations with diplomatic and economic pressure, we have a chance -- we have a chance -- to achieve our objective of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Now all options are on the table, and there they will remain.  But President Trump and I and our administration believes the most productive pathway forward is dialogue among the family of nations that can isolate and pressure North Korea into abandoning permanently and dismantling its nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile program.  

As Prime Minister Abe said today in our brief conversation, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless.  It is necessary for us to exercise pressure, and the United States of America believes the time has come for the international community to use both diplomatic and economic pressure to bring North Korea to a place that it has avoided successfully now for more than a generation.  And we will not rest and we will not relent until we achieve the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ASO:  Washington Post, my English hearing is still good enough.  But if I may say in Japanese.

(As interpreted.)  Well, economic dialogue, TPP -- whether the TPP can be made as a foundation for a dialogue going forward, is that what you said?

Sorry.  Then my English hearing is absolutely wrong.  Would you mind repeating the question again?

Q    Minister Aso, President Trump during his campaign often called on Japan to share more of the burden for common defense and pay more money for U.S. security presence here in Japan.  What is Japan willing to do to respond to President Trump’s calls for a better deal for the United States in the U.S.-Japan security relationship?

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ASO:  I think I got a picture.  Response in Japanese is okay, right?

(As interpreted.)  Now, responding to your question, let’s look at Japanese defense.  Just the other day -- Mr. James Mattis, Defense Secretary, came to Japan, at which occasion I had an opportunity to talk with him.

At least look at Okinawa’s host nation’s support -- host nation’s support came up as a topic.  And he said that Japan is behaving like a textbook case -- 75 percent is paid to the Okinawa host nation; ROK -- 40 percent; 30 percent Germany; and 20 percent Italy.  That is a burden share.  And I think whole picture was understood by General Mattis.

And also just lately when the Abe Cabinet was formed, look at the defense expenditure -- how it is being allocated.  The navy is the crucial area where more budget allocation has been done, followed by air and the land.  And I think this is the most appropriate allocation of the defense budget.  

So at least -- ever since inclusive by General Mattis and other military personnel of the United States with regard to the Japanese defense or discontent, at least no message has been given to us from the United States as far as I know.  So we will continue to make mutual effort and try to share the information as much as possible going forward, and particularly look at the East China Sea and Korean Peninsula and Sea of Japan.  Certain fictions might arise.  So information exchange is particularly important -- intelligence sharing and the information sharing has to continue in appropriate manner most of all because of the situation we are in.

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According to White House
Remarks by the Vice President Aboard USS Ronald Reagan

Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokosuka, Japan

For Immediate Release

 

April 19th, 2017

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Lieutenant General Martinez, Major General Chiarotti, Vice Admiral Aucoin, Vice Admiral Doman, Rear Admiral Williams, Rear Admiral Carter, Rear Admiral Inoue, Rear Admiral Shimo, Captain Donnelly, Chargé Hyland, Ambassador Sasae, Director-General Mori, members of United States Forces of Japan, the Japan Self-Defense Forces, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to join you here today on America’s flagship -- the USS Ronald Reagan -- where every day, all of you prove it can be done.  (Applause.)

You all look sharp out there, but at ease.  It's so good to be with you today.

I bring greetings from the President of the United States of America, your Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)

I spoke to the President this morning, just before I boarded the ship.  He said to tell you that he’s proud of you.  And he said to me, “I wish I could be where you are.”  And I know he meant it, from the bottom of his heart.

The President sent me here today to thank you -- to thank you for your service -- all of you, American and Japanese, who have stood up, who’ve stepped forward to protect our countries, our values, and our very way of life.

You are the sons and daughters of freedom, willing to defend it with your life -- so that your families, your fellow countrymen, and future generations may continue to call themselves free.  Give yourselves a round of applause.  All of America is proud of you.  (Applause.)

The Good Book tells us, “if you owe debts pay debts, if honor, then honor, if respect, then respect.”  I stand before you today, on behalf of your Commander-in-Chief, to pay a debt of gratitude to each of you and to express the well-deserved respect of the President of the United States and the American people for all of you who wear the uniform of this country.

Our prayers for you, for your families, your safety rise every day into the heart of heaven.  In a word, you are the best of us -- heroes all.  And you are here, the Americans among you so far away from home, because the United States of America and Japan are bound by history, a time-honored treaty, and the abiding oath of friendship.

The United States-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Asia Pacific.  And let me be clear:  Under President Donald Trump, the United States stands unwavering in our alliance and unyielding in our resolve to defend all that we have built together over these generations.  (Applause.)

Our bond with Japan is strong and growing stronger by the day.  In February, only weeks after he took his oath of office, President Trump welcomed Prime Minister Abe to the White House, where they reaffirmed in their words “their strong determination to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance.”

You here, on the deck of this great ship, are the physical manifestation of that alliance, and I have to tell you it is deeply inspiring to stand before you today, and see what I see gathered here on this deck.  Every American would be inspired and proud if they had this view, and I know I am.  (Applause.)

As the President and the Prime Minister made clear, the United States will strengthen its presence in the Asia Pacific, Japan will assume a larger role and responsibility in our alliance in the years ahead, and both of our nations will continue to expand our cooperation for our common defense.

Under President Trump, the United States’ commitment to Article 5 of our Security Treaty is unwavering.  And our treaty covers all of the territories administered by Japan, including the Senkaku Islands.

It’s fitting that today I deliver this message aboard this great ship, a majestic ship, the USS Ronald Reagan, here at Yokosuka Naval Base.  Her steel deck literally signifies the ironclad alliance our country enjoys with Japan and our enduring commitment to the Asia Pacific.  (Applause.)

  And we are standing on a ship named after my second favorite President.  Our 40th President, Ronald Reagan, was a great President who powerfully reminded us that peace only comes through strength.  You are that strength.

Today, over 50,000 U.S. troops and a further 50,000 civilians and family members are stationed here in Japan.  And the United States will continue to deploy more of our most advanced military assets to the region in the years ahead.

Beyond this noble ship and the carrier strike group that it leads, by the year 2020, this ocean will boast 60 percent of our Navy’s fleet.  And the skies above already have F-35 Joint Strike Fighters flying for freedom.  (Applause.)

And you can rest assured, the full range of the United States military capability is dedicated to the protection of Japan.  Japan, you are our friend -- you are our ally -- and on that foundation, we will face the future together.

Under President Donald Trump, the United States once again will stand with our allies and stand up to our enemies.  (Applause.)  

And I can assure you President Trump will unfailingly support the brave men and women in uniform who defend our freedom every single day.

We’re the proud parents of a United States Marine, stationed as we speak at a naval air station in the South of the United States.  And I have to tell you, as the parent of someone in the service, it is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who is so dedicated to the men and women of our armed forces, their families, and our veterans.

I can tell you from my heart:  President Donald Trump will be the best friend America’s Armed Forces will ever have.  (Applause.)

The President and I will honor your commitment and secure America’s safety through historic investments in our national defense.

Just as President Ronald Reagan restored the armed forces in his day, so too President Donald Trump will make the strongest fighting force in the world even stronger still.

Just look at what President Trump has already accomplished. In his first 100 days, President Trump has taken decisive action to end the era of budget cuts for America’s military.  (Applause.)

President Trump has submitted a budget which will rebuild our military and restore the arsenal of democracy with the largest increase in defense spending since the days the namesake of this ship sat in the Oval Office.  (Applause.)  

And in just the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new President in the decisive action that he took in Syria and Afghanistan.  The enemies of our freedom and this alliance would do well not to test the resolve of this President -- or the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and our allies.  (Applause.)

Make no mistake:  Under President Donald Trump, the United States will be strong -- stronger than ever before.  For as history attests, when America is strong, the world is safe.  (Applause.)  

A strong America -- militarily, economically, and diplomatically -- is vitally important to this region and all who call it home.  It was through the bravery of our servicemembers and the spirit of our people, that America established the foundation of peace and freedom that endures in the Asia Pacific to this very day.

And under President Trump, the United States will continue to defend prosperity and ensure security on these seas, and between our lands.

Today, as in ages past, American leadership lights the way.  The United States stands with all our allies and our partners in the region to keep the peace, enrich our people, and advance the common good.

Together, we will defend the rules-based order upon which the region’s progress, past and future, depends.  We will protect the freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea, in the South China Sea and elsewhere, and we will ensure the unimpeded flow of lawful commerce on the Seven Seas.  (Applause.)

And we will uphold international rules and norms, promote peaceful diplomatic dialogue to address issues of regional and international concern, and we will defend human rights -- because the dignity and worth of every person is an eternal value of the United States of America.

Under President Trump, the United States will faithfully defend all that we hold dear -- for we know that if we falter, the light of truth and freedom in the world could swiftly be extinguished.

We gather here today, on this deck, and in this place, as storm clouds gather on the horizon.  On Monday, I traveled to the frontlines of freedom, where the vibrancy of a free South Korea meets directly the repression of North Korea.  At the Demilitarization Zone, I met with the brave men and women who watch over that land, day and night.

They know what you who stand in the gap in this region already know -- North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to the peace and security of the Asia Pacific.

For more than a generation, North Korea’s leaders have sought to develop nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles on which to deliver them.  They have impoverished their people and embittered the region in their pursuit of this dangerous goal.  For more than two decades, from the Agreed Framework of 1994, the Six-Party Talks from year 2003 to ’09, to the strategic patience of the recent past, the United States and our allies have worked to tirelessly to peacefully dismantle North Korea’s nuclear program and alleviate the suffering of its people.

But at every step of the way, North Korea answered our overtures with willful deception, with broken promises, and nuclear and missile tests -- including a failed missile test they attempted just this past Sunday.

As President Trump has made clear to the world, the era of strategic patience is over.  (Applause.)

At the President’s direction, the policy of the United States will be to continue to work diligently with Japan, our allies across the region, China, and the wider world to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime in North Korea, and we will do so until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

But as all of you know, readiness is the key.  And you, the instruments of American policy, should know -- all options are on the table.  History will attest, the soldier “does not bear the sword in vain.”

And those who would challenge our resolve or our readiness should know:  We will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.  (Applause.)

The United States of America will always seek peace, but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready.

Rest assured, under President Trump’s leadership, the United States will continue to protect our people and our allies and to strengthen the bonds between us -- today, tomorrow, and every day that follows.

As I look out across this deck, I see men and women -- American and Japanese -- who have answered the call to duty.  And you have my deepest respect.  In these challenging times, it is you -- through your voluntary service and your sacrifice -- who guard the flame of freedom, undimmed and undiminished, to give to generations to come.

The President and I have absolute faith that you will accomplish this mission and freedom will prevail because you follow in the footsteps also of those who defended freedom in the Asia Pacific in the past.  I stand before you deeply humbled to be among so many in uniform because my own life’s journey did not take me into the uniform of the United States.  But it took my father.

Sixty-five years ago, a young Edward J. Pence left his home, in Illinois, put on the uniform and crossed this vast Pacific on which you serve.  Like so many of his countrymen, that second lieutenant in the 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army landed on the shores of South Korea, in the midst of a battle for freedom, a rifle in hand, resolved to defend that freedom with his life.

Just two days ago, I stood at the Demilitarized Zone, and looked out across the landscape -- the very landscape where my father had fought, in the Battle for Old Baldy and the battle on Pork Chop Hill.  It was a deeply emotional experience for me. There, alongside his brothers-in-arms, American and Korean, my dad had helped seize the high ground, repulsing more than 20 enemy counterattacks.  And they seized the high ground of freedom, which prevails in South Korea to this day.  (Applause.)

Sixty-four years ago last week, my dad was -- had a medal pinned on his chest for his valor on the field of battle.  But like most of our nation’s heroes, my dad never talked much about his time in combat.  I believe that he carried in his heart something that you understand in ways that I perhaps never will.

My dad never thought of himself as a hero.  He often would say that the heroes were the ones that didn’t get to come home.  He lost friends -- young shining faces filled with promise -- who gave the last full measure of devotion for your sake, and for mine to defend our freedom and to plant freedom in that ancient land.  And they succeeded.

So now it’s our turn in this generation.  And more to the point, it’s your turn.  Today, we best honor the sacrifices of those who have gone before by defending the freedom they fought and bled and died to secure.

And on behalf of your Commander-in-Chief, this we know you will do.

As President Ronald Reagan said in his time, “we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.  It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.”  (Applause.)

For generations, the United States has stood guard over the Asia Pacific, protecting freedom through our strength of will and strength of arms.

With our friends and with our allies, with Japan and so many others, we have ushered in an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity on these seas and between our lands.

Our choice today is the same as in ages past:  Security through strength, or an uncertain future of weakness and faltering will.  Let me assure you, under President Donald Trump, the United States has again chosen the way of strength.  (Applause.)

Under President Trump, the United States has chosen prosperity and security and an unwavering commitment to the Asia Pacific.

And in the name of the generations that came before, together with our allies, with confidence in all of you, and in the Commander-in-Chief who leads you, I know we will together go forth to meet the glorious future that awaits, a future of freedom for ourselves and our posterity.

Thank you.  Godspeed on the USS Reagan’s imminent deployment.  God bless you.  God bless Japan.  And God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

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Ariring News, Connie Kim reports, Pence sends warning to N. Korea aboard USS Ronald Reagan in Japan.

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According to White House
Remarks by the Vice President and
South Korean Acting President Hwang at
a Joint Press Statement

The Prime Minister’s Residence

For Immediate Release

 

April 17th, 2017

a Joint Press Statement

The Prime Minister’s Residence

Remarks by the Vice President and South Korean Acting President Hwang at a Joint Press Statement

The Prime Minister’s Residence

Seoul, Republic of Korea

 

ACTING PRESIDENT HWANG:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon.  First of all I would like to wholeheartedly welcome Vice President Pence on his first visit to Korea, and I would also like to extend my warmest welcome to his family and delegation.

Vice President Pence’s late father was a Korean War veteran who had devoted himself to the defense of our freedom and democracy during the Korean War.  And this morning, Vice President Pence visited the Demilitarized Zone to inspect our stalwart combined defense posture and reconfirm our strong will to deter North Korea.  This symbolizes not only a special personal tie, but also the depth and sturdiness of our alliance that has lasted over 60 years.

In particular at this time when the security situation on the Korean Peninsula is dire due to North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations, Vice President Pence’s visit to Korea as his first destination in Asia since taking office shows the firm stance of the new U.S. administration on developing our alliance and responding to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.  As such, I believe Vice President Pence’s visit is timely and meaningful.

Today, the Vice President and I shared the view that on the basis of close cooperation and collaboration, the ROK-U.S. alliance has grown into an indispensable linchpin for peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia, as well as a successful strategic alliance that works together to resolve global challenges.

We have also reconfirmed our unwavering will to continue to make our alliance even stronger through further cooperation in the areas of security, economy and trade, and global issues.

Ten days ago on April 10th, I spoke with President Trump on the results of the U.S.-China summit and ways to work together going forward.  Today with Vice President Pence we shared the understanding of the gravity and urgency of North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat and agreed to double our efforts to change North Korea’s strategic calculations by further tightening the global network of pressure on North Korea and thoroughly implementing sanctions under the unwavering principle of denying North Korea nuclear weapons.

Furthermore under the shared view that China’s constructive efforts and role are critical, we applaud the results of the recent U.S.-China summit, and we will closely strengthen our cooperation with China.  If North Korea commits another provocation, we will swiftly implement intensive punitive measures based on our cooperation with China.

At the same time in response to North Korea’s continuously advancing nuclear and missile threat, we have agreed to continue to pursue various measures to strengthen our deterrence capabilities and combined defense posture to include extended deterrence.  We have also agreed to further strengthen the readiness posture of the ROK-U.S. alliance in response to North Korea’s growing threat by ensuring the early deployment and operation of the USFK’s THAAD system.

In this respect I appreciate the United States taking a clear position on various occasions, including at the U.S.-China summit with regard to China’s unfair actions in connection with USFK’s deployment of THAAD.  We have agree to continue to work together so that such unfair actions may come to an end at an early date.

Furthermore, we fully shared the view that in responding to and resolving such critical issues the watertight collaboration between our two countries is of the utmost importance, and that all future policies and measures will be made under totally seamless cooperation and coordination.

Furthermore, as global partners we have also agreed to work together to resolve global issues.

It is truly meaningful that close cooperation and collaboration has continued to develop since the launch of the new U.S. administration.  And I am confident that today’s meeting with Vice President Pence will serve as yet another meaningful occasion for the further development of the ROK-U.S. alliance.

Thank you.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon. Ahn-young Ha-shim-nika.

To Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, thank you for the kind words and the hospitality you have shown me and my family in welcoming us to the Republic of Korea, my very first stop in the Asia Pacific as Vice President of the United States.

It’s a great honor for me to be in South Korea today.  And I bring greetings from the President of the United States, President Donald Trump, and on his behalf, I am here to express the unwavering support of the United States for our longstanding alliance with South Korea.

President Trump and I are grateful for your strong partnership with the United States.  We commend you personally for your steady hand in this time of transition in South Korea.   The President and our entire administration admire the South Korean people’s commitment to the rule of law and the democratic process -- and we look forward to the upcoming election with great anticipation.

While change is coming on May 9th, the people of South Korea may be assured -- whatever change happens in your elections, the commitment of the United States to South Korea’s safety and security will remain unchanged.

On behalf of the President of the United States, my message to the people of South Korea is this:  We are with you 100 percent.  Even in these troubled times, we stand with you for a free and secure future.

The United States of America stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Republic of Korea, and the service and vigilance of some 37,500 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines on this frontier of freedom stand as a testament to the enduring partnership between our people.

The alliance between South Korea and the United States is the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and indeed throughout the Asia Pacific.

The United States’ commitment to South Korea is ironclad and immutable.  And under President Trump’s leadership, I know our alliance will even be stronger, our nations will be safer, and the Asia Pacific will be more secure.

Nowhere is that more evident than with our commitment to confront the region’s most dangerous and urgent threat to peace and security -- the regime in North Korea.

Since 1992, the United States and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.  We hope to achieve this objective through peaceable means.  But all options are on the table.

Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new President in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan.  North Korea would do well not to test his resolve -- or the strength of the Armed Forces of the United States in this region.

We will continue to deploy the THAAD missile-defense system as a defensive measure -- called for by the alliance, and for the alliance.  We will continue to evolve a comprehensive set of capabilities to ensure the security of South Korea.  And as our Secretary of Defense made clear here in South Korea not long ago, we will defeat any attack, and we will meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective response.

Strategic patience has been the approach of the last American administration and beyond.  For more than two decades, the United States and our allies have worked to peacefully dismantle North Korea’s nuclear program and alleviate the suffering of their people.  But at every step of the way, North Korea answered our overtures with willful deception, broken promises, and nuclear and missile tests.

Over the past 18 months, North Korea has conducted two unlawful nuclear tests and an unprecedented number of ballistic missile tests, even conducting a failed missile launch as I traveled here for this visit.

The era of strategic patience is over.

Earlier this month, President Trump spoke with you, Acting President Hwang, to reaffirm the strength of our alliance.  As I reassured you today, we will continue to closely consult with South Korea and your leadership as we make decisions moving forward.

We also call on other regional powers and the entire international community to join us to confront North Korea and demand that it abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, to turn away from renewed hostility towards its neighbors, and to end the repression of its own people.

Earlier this month, President Trump met with Chinese President Xi at the Southern White House.  The two leaders noted the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea’s weapons programs and each of them reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula during that meeting on April 7th.

They also committed to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, and to increase cooperation to convince North Korea to abandon its illicit weapons programs.

It is heartening to see China commit to these actions.  But the United States is troubled by China’s economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself.  The better path would be for China to address the North Korean threat that is actually making such defensive measures necessary.

Now while issues like that remain, the President and I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea, but as President Trump made clear just a few short days ago, if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States, and our allies, will.

So today it is my privilege, on behalf of President Trump, to reaffirm the United States’ enduring commitment to the security and prosperity of South Korea and to assure the people of South Korea of our unbreakable bond.  We are bound together by our shared values, but also by our shared sacrifice.  A free and democratic South Korea was forged in the fires of sacrifice by soldiers from both our lands.  And my father was one of them.

Sixty-five years ago, Second Lieutenant Edward J. Pence, of the 45th Infantry Division in the United States Army, fought alongside brave South Korean forces, to win the freedom of this land.

While he came home to raise a family, he had friends in uniform, from America and Korea, who went home to eternity.  So, too, the friendship between our two free nations is eternal.  We have bled together.  We have prospered together.  And on that foundation, the people of the United States of America and South Korea, will face the future together.

With courage, determination, and faith -- we go together --Kimchee ,     Kam-sa hap -mi -da.

So thank you, Mr. Acting President, for your hospitality.  It is a great, great honor to be with you today.  (Applause.)

END

 

Remarks to the Troops by the Vice President with Q&A, Demilitarized Zone, South Korea

Freedom House

Demilitarized Zone, Republic of Korea

For Immediate Release

 

April 17th, 2017

 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for being here.  It’s my great honor to represent the President of the United States here in the Demilitarized Zone.  And I’m very grateful for the leadership of General Brooks and General Lee and the ironclad and immutable alliance that is represented here by these two strong military leaders.

To stand here in this place to be able to (inaudible) of the commitment of the people of the United States to our long-term alliance for the people of South Korea is a great honor for me.

And I bring greetings to our soldiers here and to soldiers of South Korea from the President of the United States.  We commend them  for their vigilance here along this historic frontier of freedom, and we express the resolve of the people of the United States of America to stand together in the months and years ahead with the people of South Korea to both preserve their freedom, and ensure the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.  It is an objective not just shared by the United States and the people of South Korea, but by our allies across the globe.  

We are heartened by the support of allies across the Asia Pacific, including China, who will continue to advance this objective on the Korean Peninsula.  And I’m here to express the resolve of the people of the United States and the President of the United States to achieve that objective through peaceable means, through negotiations, but all options are on the table as we continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of South Korea for the denuclearization of this peninsula and for the long-term prosperity and freedom of the people of South Korea.

Let me say it’s also very humbling for me to be here because my father served here in Korea in the United States Army more than 64 years ago.  The General favored me this morning with a few reflections on my father’s service here.  And it seems altogether fitting that as Vice President I could be here to personally express the timeless bond between the people of South Korea and the people of the United States of America.  People across the world should know that the bonds between our people are not simply strategic and military and economic, but they are personal, and they span generations of Americans and South Koreans.

And on that foundation, we will see freedom through.  We will see the interests of the security and prosperity of the people of South Korea.  And in a word, we go together.  

Any questions?

Q    Mr. Vice President, question for you.   You said that everything is still on the table.  Does that include a potential U.S. preemptive strike?

And secondly on China, what concrete steps did China lay out to President Trump that led him to believe that China is working very hard to put pressure on North Korea?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  I think President Trump and President Xi had a very frank and productive discussion about a broad range of international issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  I know the President is hopeful that China will use its influence here on the Korean Peninsula with North Korea to achieve that objective.  And we are heartened by some initial steps that China has taken in this regard, but we look for them to do more.  And our hope is that we’ll be able -- working with China, working with our partners here in South Korea, working with Japan and other allies across the region -- to achieve this objective through peaceable means.  

Q    And a preemptive strike would be on the table?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  As the President has made clear, we will never discuss military tactical decisions.  But the President has made clear, our administration has made clear, we stand with the people of South Korea.  And all options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the security of the people of this country and the stability of this region.

Q    Mr. Vice President, do you have a message for the people on the other side of this line?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  I think the message of the people of the United States of America is that we seek peace, but America has always sought peace through strength.  And my message here today standing with U.S. Forces Korea, standing with courageous soldiers from the Republic of Korea is a message of resolve.

The people of North Korea, the military of North Korea should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our ally.  The alliance between South Korea and the United States is ironclad.  We will fulfill that alliance for the sake of our people and the people of South Korea.  And we will continue to stand strong to achieve our shared objective across this region and across the world of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Q    Mr. Vice President, how is this a different policy that the Trump administration is pursuing compared to the Obama administration?

And why do you believe that you can trust China this time to follow through?  Past administrations have sought help from China and they often haven’t come through?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  I know President Trump is very hopeful that China will take actions necessary to bring about a change in policy in North Korea, an abandonment of its nuclear program and its ballistic missile program.  We're hopeful that they’ll use the extraordinary levers that they have and relationship they have with North Korea to achieve that objective.

But as the President has made very clear, either China will deal with this problem or the United States and our allies will.

Now with regard to a change, we have literally gone through decades -- it was more than some quarter century ago that we first learned of the presence of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula in the possession of North Korea.  There was an agreed framework.  There was a period of strategic patience.  But the era of strategic patience is over.

President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out, and we want to see change.  We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons.  And also its continual use of and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.  That clarity we hope will be received in North Korea, and that they will understand that the United States of America, the people of South Korea, our allies across the region are resolved to achieve our objectives through peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary to protect the interest, the security of the people of South Korea and to bring stability to the region.

END

 

On April 16th, 2017, VP Mike Pence speaks at fellowship meal

with US troops

CNN reports Vice President Mike Pence thanks US troops at a fellowship meal in Seoul, South Korea, and reflects on his father's service.

 

 

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catch4all.com, Sandra Englund,April 17th, 2017,  Rev 19, 2017

allVice President Pence arrives in S. Korea amid rising tensions on Peninsula
North Korea's Attempted Missile Launch Failed

U.S. Vice President arrives in S. Korea during contentious time in N. Korea-U.S. relations

Meanwhile, CNN Reports that Vice President Mike Pence appreciated to the US troops at a fellowship meal in Seoul, South Korea, and reflects on his father's service who  has served as one of the Korean War Veterans.

CNN also reported that According to CNN News, Seoul, South Korea (CNN)An attempted missile launch by North Korea on Sunday failed, US and South Korean defense officials told CNN.

The attempted launch occurred a day after the regime of Kim Jong Un showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at a large-scale military parade on its most important holiday.

A South Korean defense official said the action took place in Sinpo, a port city in eastern North Korea. That was the site of a ballistic missile test earlier this month in which the projectile fell into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

The North Koreans use Sinpo shipyard for their submarine activity, and US satellites have observed increased activity there in April, a US official said at the time of the previous test.

South Korean and US intelligence officials are trying to determine what type of missile was used Sunday.

Yahoo News, AP also reported that:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday from the country's east coast, U.S. and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft carrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

It wasn't immediately clear what kind of missile was fired from the city of Sinpo, but the failure will sting in Pyongyang because it comes a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year— celebrations of the 105th birthday of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather.

Washington and Seoul will try hard to figure out what exactly North Korea fired. This matters because while North Korea regularly launches short-range missiles, it is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target U.S. troops in Asia and, eventually, the U.S. mainland.

The ultimate goal is to have a full array of nuclear-tipped missiles in response to what Pyongyang says is hostility by Washington and Seoul meant to topple its government. North Korea is thought to have a small arsenal of atomic bombs and an impressive array of short- and medium-range missiles. Many outside analysts believe that North Korea has not yet mastered the technology to build warheads small enough to place on long-range missiles, though some civilian experts say North Korea can already build nuclear-tipped shorter range missiles that have South Korea and Japan within its striking range.

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that Sunday's missile exploded on launch. South Korea's Defense Ministry said it was analyzing exactly how the North Korean launch failed. Neither military knew what kind of missile was fired.

In Seoul, South Korea's presidential office convened a national security council meeting to examine security postures.

Chronically high animosity has risen on the Korean Peninsula in recent months, as the United States and South Korea conduct annual war games that North Korea claims are invasion preparation and the North prepared for Saturday's anniversary celebrations. A U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, is heading to waters off Korea in a show of force.

Analysts warn that even failed missile launches provide valuable knowledge into North Korea as it tries to build its weapons program. The country launched a long-range rocket and conducted two nuclear tests last year, including its most powerful to date.

Aside from improving the technology, North Korean missile and nuclear tests are seen by outside analysts partly as efforts to bolster the domestic image of leader Kim Jong Un and apply political pressure on Seoul and Washington.

Kim Jong Un has overseen three nuclear tests and a string of missile and rocket launches since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011.

Another missile test from Sinpo failed earlier this month, when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean. That launch came shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump's first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. China is North Korea's only major ally. The extended-range Scud missile in that earlier launch suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast, according to U.S. imagery and assessments.

Despite Sunday's failure, the North's previous claim to have used "standardized" warheads has led to worries that it was making headway in its push to develop small and sophisticated warheads to be topped on long-range missiles.

Washington sees North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles as a threat to world security and to its Asian allies, Japan and South Korea. The United States, South Korea and other countries have vowed to apply more pressure on the North, but so far nothing has worked to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Six-nation negotiations on dismantling North Korea's nuclear program in exchange for aid fell apart in early 2009.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff also said the missile is believed to have failed, adding that the type of missile was being analyzed.  South Korea's foreign ministry strongly condemned the launch.

"It's the fifth time this year that North Korea has fired ballistic missiles. This is another clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions. We strongly condemn the launch as a threat to Korea and the international community."

Cho warned that Pyongyang could face serious punitive measures if it continues to conduct nuclear tests and other strategic provocations.

The head of South Korea's National Security Office, Kim Kwan-jin convened a meeting of the National Security Council, in which officials decided to respond strongly to additional North Korean provocations.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed about the situation but has not yet commented.

The Japanese government has said today's launch did not directly affect their security.

Pyongyang's missile launch attempt comes amid rising tensions with the U.S., which is sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula to deter potential North Korean provocations.

The regime's last missile launch came less than two weeks ago on April 5th, and that was a medium-range KN-15 ballistic missile.

Experts say North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could also push the button on its sixth nuclear test at any time,... having launched more missiles compared to his father and grandfather combined.

Arirang News Reports: North Korea's attempted missile launch fails.

EURO News reports: North's failed missile test "Threatens whole world"

CGTN reports DPRK latest missile launch a failure which said by U.S and South Korean Authorities.

 

According to Daily News that North Korea’s embarrassing missile launch failure may have been caused by US cyber attack:.  North Korea’s embarrassing missile launch failure may have been caused by US cyber attack as Donald Trump warns his military may ‘have no choice’ to strike the rogue nation. 

After 20 years of constructive way of working,and Sactions till didn't work and seems the friendly and peaceful manner has risen highest tention on the Korean Peninsula in recent months, as the United States and South Korea conduct annual war games that North Korea claims are invasion preparation and the North prepared for Saturday's anniversary celebrations. A U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, is heading to waters off Korea in a show of force.

On April 10 the US Navy’s Carl Vinson strike group suddenly changed course from Australia to the Korean Peninsula amid concerns that North Korea could soon conduct its 6th nuclear test or more missile launches.

Analysts warn that even failed missile launches provide valuable knowledge into North Korea as it tries to build its weapons program. The country launched a long-range rocket and conducted two nuclear tests last year, including its most powerful to date.

 Carl Vinson (11-18, 1883 to Jun1, 1981) was a United States Representative from Georgia.  He was a Democrate and served for more than 50 years in the United States House of Representatives.  He was known as “The Father of the Two-Ocean Navy”.  He is the Longest-serving member ever of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Georgia.

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the third United States Navy Nimitz-class supercarrier and is named after Carl Vinson,

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is a Congressman from Georgia, in recognition of his contributions to the US Navy. The ship was launched in 1980, undertook its maiden voyage in 1983, and underwent Refueling and Overhaul between 2005 and 2009. Carl Vinson's call sign is "Gold Eagle" and it is well known as notable supercarrier which have carried event including Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom.   Besides these deployments the Carl Vinson was involved in a number of notable events also known as The body of Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in 2011 from the deck of the Carl Vinson, and that same year, on Veterans Day, it played host to the first NCAA basketball game on an aircraft carrier, between North Carolina and Michigan State.

The keel was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding on 11 October 1975, and on 15 March 1980 the ship was launched/christened. Congressman Carl Vinson became the first person in the history of the United States Navy to witness a ship's launching in his honor. After builder sea trials, it was delivered to the Navy on 26 February 1982.  Overhauls:

•August 1982 to December 1982 – Post Shakedown Availability - SPS-49 search radar replaces SPS-43.

•October 1983 to January 1984 – Selected Restricted Availability

•January 1986 to March 1986 – Selected Restricted Availability – forward port sponson changed/enlarged.

•March 1987 to August 1987 – Selected Restricted Availability

•September 1990 to April 1993 – Complex Overhaul – aft boarding dock added.

•October 1994 to February 1995 – Selected Restricted Availability

•March 1997 to September 1997 – Planned Incremental Availability – bridle catcher removed.

•October 1999 to September 2000 – Planned Incremental Availability

•March 2002 to September 2002 – Planned Incremental Availability

•November 2005 to July 2009 – Refueling and Complex Overhaul – top two levels of island replaced; new antenna mast; new radar tower; 2 RAM replace 1 CIWS/1 Mk-29 at forward port sponson/aft starboard sponson; 2 aft CIWS removed. Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) and Cooperative Engagement Systems installed.

•September 2009 to December 2009 – Post Shakedown Availability

•July 2012 to February 2013 – Planned Incremental Availability – CIWS replaced on aft port sponson.

July 2013 Upgraded the SPS-48E to the SPS-48G Radar.

Currently USS Carl Vinson captain is CAPT DOUGLAS VERISSIMO who is nowCommanding Officer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and he start to serving since: 5/31/2016 – Present.

Meanwhile, US Navy’s Carl Vinson strike group detoured from Australia to the Korean Peninsula amid concerns that North Korea could soon conduct its 6th nuclear test or more missile launches,  China and Russia have dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is heading toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.

 

However, After all, According to Arirang News and Dated, April 19th, 2017,   The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which was supposedly headed to the Korean peninsula, has actually been seen sailing in the opposite direction. According to Arirang News, Yu Joonhee, Senior defense officials have blamed a communication mishap between the Pentagon and the White House, regarding the incorrect statement that the carrier was sailing toward the East Sea.

Photos released by the U.S. Navy this week show the USS Carl Vinson in waters off the coast of Indonesia and south of Singapore, where the carrier and its battle group had departed.

Last week, the White House said it was deploying the aircraft carrier and its battle group, described as an "armada" by President Trump, to the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea.

However, it turns out the carrier is in fact on its way to the Indian Ocean, some 56-hundred kilometers away from the peninsula, to participate in a naval exercise with Australia due to miscommunication.

The aircraft carrier is now expected to arrive in waters east of South Korea on April 25th, later than what defense officials had previously indicated.

After its arrival, the USS Carl Vinson and its strike group will join the South Korean Navy in a maritime drill designed to counter the recent provocations from the North.

Carl Vinson (November 18, 1883 – June 1, 1981) was a United States Representative from Georgia. He was a Democrat and served for more than 50 years in the United States House of Representatives. He was known as "The Father of the Two-Ocean Navy". He is the longest-serving member ever of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Georgia.

We still carry Carl Vinson’s legacy besides, USS Carl Vinson Navey Ship and in  recognition of his efforts on behalf of the U.S. Navy, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was named the USS Carl Vinson, an honor rarely given to a person while living. On March 15, 1980, at age 96, he attended the ship's launching.

Vinson Massif, Antarctica's highest mountain, is also named after him, together with the related Mount Vinson and Vinson Plateau.

Carl Vinson served 26 consecutive terms in the U.S. House, rarely running against significant opposition. He served for 50 years and one month, a record that stood until 1992, when the mark was surpassed by Jamie L. Whitten of Mississippi.

For his commitment, Vinson was awarded the prestigious Sylvanus Thayer Award by the United States Military Academy. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson awarded Vinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Special Distinction, the highest award the President can give to a civilian. During his own tenure in the House, Johnson had served for years as a junior member of the House Naval Affairs Committee under Vinson.

The Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia, serving veterans in Central and Southern Georgia, is named for Vinson.  The University of Georgia hosts the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.  Carl Vinson Parkway is located in Warner Robins Georgia.   Georgia Military College formerly had a barracks named for him. It was razed in the mid-2000s.

 

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catch4all.com, Sandra Englund,April 16th, 2017,

 

 

According to White House for Immediate Released Dated April 6th, 2017,
Vice President Mike Pence will  Travel to
the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii

For Immediate Release

 

April 6th, 2017

WA

WASHINGTON, DC - Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii from April 15-25, 2017.  This trip will serve as the Vice President’s first official travel to the Asia-Pacific region.  During his trip, the Vice President will emphasize President Trump’s continued commitment to U.S. alliances and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, highlight the Administration’s economic agenda, and underscore America’s unwavering support for our troops at home and abroad.

The Vice President on April 16 will arrive in Seoul, Republic of Korea, where he will spend Easter Sunday with United States and Republic of Korea troops and their families.  During the remainder of the visit, he will participate in a bilateral meeting with Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn and meet with National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun.  Vice President Pence will also participate in a listening session with local business leaders and give remarks to the business community.

On April 18, the Vice President will travel to Tokyo, Japan, where he will meet with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and lead the inaugural U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue with Deputy Prime Minister Tarō Asō.  The Vice President will participate in a listening session followed by remarks to the U.S. and Japanese business community.  Continuing the Administration’s commitment to rebuilding the U.S. military and to our alliances in the region, the Vice President will tour the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and give remarks to U.S. and Japanese service members.

The Vice President will then travel to Jakarta, Indonesia on April 20 to meet with President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.  Noting the 40th Anniversary of US-ASEAN relations, Vice President Pence will meet with the ASEAN Secretary General and ASEAN Permanent Representatives.  Among other events, the Vice President will participate in a listening session with U.S. and Indonesian business leaders and give remarks to the business community.

On April 22, the Vice President will visit Sydney, Australia, where he will meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.  Vice President Pence will also meet with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten along with U.S. and Australian service members.  Focusing again on American businesses, jobs, and the economy Vice President Pence will join a listening session and give remarks to the U.S. and Australian business community.

The Vice President will conclude his trip with a visit to Honolulu, Hawaii on April 24.  Vice President Pence will meet with senior leadership from the Pacific Command and pay honor to those who fought and perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor by visiting the USS Arizona Memorial.  Finally, the Vice President will meet with U.S. troops and their families before returning to Washington, DC.

Note: The Vice President will travel with the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, and his two daughters.  Mrs. Pence will release a more detailed schedule of her meetings and cultural visits in the coming days.  

 

Meanwhile, Arirng News reported that during U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is due in Seoul on Sunday for a three-day visit, South Korea's foreign ministry says Vice President  Pence will meet with Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn and National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun and hold talks with local business leaders.

He's expected to end a clear message on the strength of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and on joint efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions and provocations.

Vice President Pence is also expected to bring up the deployment of the THAAD missile defense

 

 

 

Fox News, Dated April 15, 2017 reported that Vice President Pence aims to reassure allies amid North Korea threat

WASHINGTON –  President Donald Trump has labeled North Korea a "problem" country and says it will be dealt with through a broad -- and vague -- set of options. It may be up to his vice president, Mike Pence, to fill in the details when he arrives in Asia.

Pence will be diving into a tense standoff along the Korean Peninsula with visits to South Korea and Japan beginning Sunday. His travels to the Asia-Pacific region come amid indications that North Korea is potentially preparing its sixth nuclear test in a decade or a significant missile launch, such as its first flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Trump, who has proven to be unpredictable on foreign policy, has responded to the recent concerns over North Korea with a swagger that suggests a new, tougher stance. Asked about North Korea this week, he told reporters: "North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of." He has repeatedly declared that if China, North Korea's dominant trading partner, isn't willing to do more to squeeze the North, the U.S. might take the matter into its own hands.

The remarks came with a show of military might, as an aircraft carrier head to waters off the Korean Peninsula. However, military officials have said the U.S. doesn't intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch.

China Warns the North that it faced a cut-off of vital oil supplies
if it dared test a nuclear weapon.

Chinese state-run newspaper warned the North that it faced a cut-off of vital oil supplies if it dared test a nuclear weapon. North Korea is almost entirely dependent on China for its oil, and a loss of its supplies would cripple the noticeable economic growth in the country.

North Korea is celebrating the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the nation. Its leader is expected to use the occasion to either stage a weapons test or conduct a missile test.

U.S President Donald Trump stated that China has been working very hard and supporting and praised President Xi Jinping as a terrific person who will try hard in dealing with the North Korea, according to Arirang News, President Trump said he had great confidence in China although U.S.A and its allies will take care of the problem, if Beijing is unable to do so.

The United States attacks North Korea with conventional weapons, if US. Military officials believe PyongYang is pursuing nuclear weapons.  North Korea earlier warned a "big event" was approaching and the US. military presence near the Korean peninsula, Intelligence officals said the United State had two destroyers capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missile to targets in the area.  Of that, once Cruise missiles to targets in the area of that one is only 500 km away from nuclear testing site in Korea.

 

The United States attacks North Korea with conventional weapons, if US. Military officials believe PyongYang is pursuing nuclear weapons.  North Korea earlier warned a "big event" was approaching and the US. military presence near the Korean peninsula, Intelligence officals said the United State had two destroyers capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missile to targets in the area.  Of that, once Cruise missiles to targets in the area of that one is only 500 km away from nuclear testing site in Korea.

April 8th, 2017:
Two World Supper Power Leaders'
Summit at Mar-a-Lago, Florida

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of Nuclear Threats with Japan, South Korea, and China
Nuclear and missile threat from the D.P.R.K.
Further, Global Security and protecting in the Asia-Pacific region

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Tokyo; Japan, Seoul, the Republic of Korea, and Beijing, China March 15-19, his first visit as Secretary to the East Asia and Pacific region.
In each country, Secretary Tillerson met with senior officials to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues, including strategic coordination to address the advancing nuclear and missile threat from the D.P.R.K., and reaffirm the Administration’s commitment to further broaden and
enhance U.S. economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Secretary arrived in Tokyo on March 15, continued on to Seoul on March 17, and traveled to Beijing on March 18, 2017.

China's state-run media cheered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's weekend visit to Beijing as a diplomatic win for their own country.

The headline of the Xinhua news agency trumpeted, "Cooperation is the correct choice." The sentiment echoed conciliatory comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China President Xi Jinping. It was carried by all state-run newspapers.

Images of China President Xi and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson standing and sitting next to each other in the Great Hall of the People dominated the main news programs on at least a dozen channels across China and around the world. China's President Xi Jinping (right) meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had meeting with China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday in March 19th, 2017.

According to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with President Xi Jinping for 30 minutes on Sunday at The Hall of the People in Beijing. The two leaders discussed the progress in China-U.S. relations since the historic opening 40 years ago.

Both President Xi and Secretary Tillerson agreed there are opportunities for greater cooperation between China and the United States, but acknowledged there are, and will be in the future, differences between the two countries.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

President Xi Jinping

Secretary Tillerson also conveyed that President Trump is anticipating the two will soon be able to meet face-to-face for discussions that will chart the course for future U.S.-China relations.

Remarks With President Xi Jinping

SECRETARY TILLERSON in Beijing, China, Great Hall of the People, Fujian Room, March 19, 2017:
President Xi, thank you so much for that very warm welcome, and for receiving me in Beijing on this, my first visit to China as Secretary of State.

President Trump places a very high value on the communications that have already occurred between yourself and President Trump, most particularly the very lengthy telephone conversation, where there were very good exchanges to improve the understanding of China's view of the relationship with the United States, and President Trump's view, as well. And he looks forward to enhancing that understanding, and the opportunity for a visit in the future.

We know that, through further dialogue, we will achieve a greater understanding that will lead to a strengthened -- strengthening of the ties between China and the United States, and set the tone for our future relationship of cooperation.

I appreciate very much the time that Foreign Minister Wang and Senior Councilor Yang have extended to me on this visit. We had very comprehensive dialogue regarding important areas for future discussion, and also important elements to ensure a successful visit in the future.

CCTV Reports via :

Arirang News: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets Chinese president to strengthen ties:

AP reports via youtube:


According to The Associated Press, AP March 19th, 2017:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia Sunday by saying that the United States is looking forward to the first meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Tillerson said in talks with President Xi Jinping in Beijing that Trump places a "very high value" on communications with the Chinese president.

Trump looks forward to "the opportunity of a visit in the future," Tillerson said.

"You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this," President Xi said, according to Reuters.

President Xi Jinping told to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that China considered his meetings on Saturday with Foreign Ministry Wang Yi and top diplomat Yang Jiechi to have been productive and constructive. According to Secretary of State Report site, he had successful meeting and they had the opportunity to have a good exchange on our two leaders getting to know one another better, and we too look forward to this future opportunity for the two leaders to meet. The better they know one another, the stronger will be our bilateral relations as well, because they can provide direction and guidance to both of governments on how they can work more closely together to strengthen this very important relationship, not just for two countries but for many others in the region and (inaudible).

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Firt Left) Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi( first Right)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Left) and Foreign Ministry Wang Yi (Right)

"Both (Trump) and I believe that we need to make joint efforts to advance China-U.S. cooperation and we believe that we can make sure the relationship will move ahead in a constructive fashion in the new era," Xi said.

"We know that through further dialogue we will achieve a greater understanding that will lead to a strengthened, strengthening of the ties between China and the United States and set the tone for our future relationship of cooperation," Tillerson said, according to Reuters.

Tillerson's Beijing visit followed his remarks on Friday in South Korea that pre-emptive military action against North Korea might be necessary if the threat from its weapons program reaches a level "that we believe requires action."

China hasn't responded directly to those comments, although Beijing has called repeatedly for all sides to take steps in reducing tensions.

China has reluctantly agreed to U.N. Security Council resolutions sanctioning North Korea, but is adamantly opposed to measures that might bring about a collapse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime. Beijing fears Kim's fall would send waves of refugees into northeastern China and see South Korean and American forces taking up positions along its border. U.S.-China relationship has been over 40 years with the historic opening between the U.S. and China, and through that period, which is positive relationship built on non-confrontation, no conflict, mutual respect, and always searching for win-win solutions. CCTV reports:

Published on Mar 19, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday met with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that cooperation is the only correct choice for both countries.

There are important development opportunities resulting from China-U.S. relations, said President Xi Jinping during the meeting at the Great Hall of People in Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said he had maintained sound communications through telephone calls and messages with U.S. President Donald Trump and that they had agreed that the two countries could be good cooperative partners.

To advance China-U.S. relations in a healthy and steady manner, Xi said, both sides should enhance exchanges at the high and other levels, expand cooperation bilaterally, regionally and globally, and properly address and manage sensitive issues. The two sides should keep to the general direction of the Sino-U.S. relations in the spirit of being responsible for history and future generations, said Xi.

Xi suggested that the two countries increase strategic mutual trust and understanding, review bilateral relations from a long-term and strategic perspective and expand areas for win-win cooperation.

The two countries should enhance coordination on regional hotspot issues, respect each other's core interests and major concerns and encourage friendly exchanges between the two peoples, said President Xi.

President Xi Jinping also extended welcome to President Trump for a visit to China. Tillerson said President Trump valued communication with President Xi, and looked forward to meeting Xi and the opportunity for a visit to China. The U.S. side is ready to develop relations with China based on the principle of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, said Tillerson. It is Tillerson's first visit to China since he assumed office last month. State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held meetings with Tillerson on separate occasions on Saturday.

On March 17th, 2017: Before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping North Korea Testesd High Thrust Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Engine.

US Officials Report That North Korea Has Conducted Another Missile Test! THAAD?!

The officials said the latest engine trial is the third such test in recent weeks using similar technology.

One official said that the initial assessment indicates that the engine technology could possibly be used in an eventual intercontinental ballistic missile.

Breaking News - North Korea Test High-Thrust Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Engine

North Korea’s state-run new media said it has successfully tested a newly developed high-thrust missile engine from its northwest facility, where the country has been launching rockets to put satellites into orbit.

The high-thrust engine is a break through accomplishment by North Korea in its effort to test launch its long range intercontinental ballistic missile, which could reach any point on earth. However, North Korea has never flight-tested any intercontinental ballistic missile.

During his first trip to Asia as Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson strongly warned North Korea and threaten to use all options available to deal with it, including military pre-emptive strike. He said 20 years of diplomacy has failed and a new approach is needed.

The Washington-based think tank 38 North said last week satellite imagery indicated activity at the site’s vertical engine stand, possibly in preparation for a rocket engine test. North Korea had installed the environmental shelter in late 2015 to conceal detection of test preparations.

The United States and China pledged to work together to get the North to take “a different course” and move away from its weapons programs after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his Chinese counterpart on Saturday. Secretary of State REX TILLERSON URGES CLOSER CHINA TIES! HARD WORDS FOR NORTH KOREA! BREAKING NEWS.

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Published on Mar 20, 2017

The following is for Massive Marine Assets Deployed During Korean Marine Exercise Program and some others related Training.

U.S. Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Republic of Korea Marines (ROK) with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conduct Bilateral Air Operations during Korea Marine Exercise Program (KMEP) 17-6, near Camp Mujuk, Republic of Korea, March 17, 2017. KMEP 17-6 seeks to maximize interoperability between U.S. Marine and Republic of Korea Marine Corps ground forces, to include tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, and Reconnaissance units. (U. S. Marine Corps Motion Imagery by MCIPAC Combat Camera Cpl. Jordan Walker).You can see which one is NK Warhead Billistic Missile Tests and U.S_Korea Training Drills to preventing and secure the Homeland and Asia Pacific, land, ocean, and the air.

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Sources: US Secretary of General, Yahoo, Youtube Menia, ,  Aljazeera, CNN, Fox, CCTV, CGTV, AP, Reuters, WSJ, Truth Channel News Live, wikipedia, Military update source and search

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund,March 17, 2017,
Rev. March 27, 2017

 

Rex Tillerson Say North Korea Nuclear Program,
20 Years of Diplomacy Has Failed
 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Japan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida, at the Ikura Guest House in Tokyo, Japan. The visit included a joint press conference.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday the escalating threat from North Korea's nuclear program showed a clear need for a "new approach," although he stopped short of detailing what steps the Trump administration would pursue.

U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson will also engage on the usual areas of US-Chinese tension, including the country's claims to contested waters in the South China Sea; trade; the status of Taiwan; and the recent US deployment of a defensive missile system and drones to South Korea.

According to AP and Arirang: Secrof State Tillerson Visited Korea DMZ, Trumpet News reported that The lauch of four ballistic missiles by North Korea during a military drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea

North Korea threatened the US and South Korea and Japan which “merciless” attacks if an aircraft carrier steaming to the area violates the rogue nations’s “sovereignty and dignity,” according to a report.

“If they infringe on the DPRK’s sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater,” the North Korea’s state news agency KCNA said, according to a Reuters report Tuesday.

The US is taking part in military exercises with its ally South Korea that involve special forces – including SEAL Team 6 and the Army’s Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets – as part of a plan to “decapitate” the leadership in Pyongyang, according to report.

On Tuesday, F-18 fighter jets took off from the deck of the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson  in a show of force as tensions have ratcheted up after North Korea conducted nuclear tests and launched missiles into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) in the past year, Reuters reported.

“While this is a routine deployment for the Carl Vinson strike group, really the centerpieace for us … is this exercise we’re doing with the ROK navy called “Foal Eagle,” said Rear Adm. James W. Kilby, referring to South Korea as the Republic of Korea, the wire service reported.

United State, South Korea, and Japan are protecting the people and preventing the terrible destruction of the environment and safe land and earth before the North Korea destructing with their Nuclear weapons to spread to the neighboring lands. The THAAD is there to preventing the land destroyer and preventing killing the people in South Korea and Japan, other wise there is no ways of preventing since the 20 years of deplomatic work didn't work and no use of any resolution around the world via UN, via US, via discussions have done so far.  WOLF EYES HD/NEW MILITARY CHANNEL shows North Korean Armed Forces vs South Korean Armed Forces 2017.

U.S. Secretary of State, Tillerson says military action against DPRK an ‘option on the table’.   US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "the policy of strategic patience has ended" at a joint press conference with ROK counterpart Yun Byung-se on Friday. He made the remark after visiting the Demilitarized Zone. He also said US military action against nuclear-armed Pyongyang was an "option on the table.”

 

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Why THAAD in South Korea is a Red Line for China? Why China Hates THAAD?

Daily News, January 22nd, 2017:  Dung Tran reported that:

In 2016, the South Korean government agreed to the 2017 installation of a U.S. missile defense system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. The objective arguments for South Korean missile defense are pretty irrefutable at this point. North Korea’s missile program is well known. Pyongyang conducted dozens of tests just last year, and even talks up intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Its nuclear-weapons capabilities, after five tests in ten years, are well established also. And the regime’s harsh, extreme rhetoric about South Korea—turning Seoul into a “sea of fire”—is notorious. If any state in the world needs missile defense, it is South Korea.

The Chinese know all this. The Chinese also know that THAAD is not particularly effective against Chinese strategic forces. The South Korean THAAD radar will be configured around North Korea, not China, and cannot simply be “turned left”; the technology and software package is more complicated than that. The United States already has remote sensing for Chinese strategic launches in any case, so THAAD’s X-band radar adds nothing new. THAAD is also intended for use against a few incoming missiles (in their “terminal” phase, per the name of the system), not hundreds of missiles in the lift-off or boost stage, as would be the case were the Chinese to launch against the United States. American and South Korean officials have explained this to the Chinese repeatedly, and the media discussion of this has been quite extensive. It is hard to imagine that the Chinese are still unclear about the technical issues around THAAD.

 

 

Sources: Yahoo, Youtubpe Menia,  youtube,   Arirang News, Google. Wikipedia, CNN, Fox News, AP and WOLF EYES HD/NEW MILITARY CHANNEL, Daily News
catch4all.com, Sandra Englund,March 16, Rev. March 17 2017

U.S. Will Not Block China's Access To
Its artificial Islands in The South China Sea
 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel
to
Japan, the Republic of Korea and China from
March 15 through 19th, his first visit as
Secretary of State to the East Asia and Pacific region.

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, made international headline when he said, during his confirmation hearing with the senate, that United States should block China access to its manmade island in the South China Sea. But that was the first time he took a clear position toward the issue, but also was the last time. No one ever heard this again. So what is the Trump’s administration strategies on the South China Sea?

The state department announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea and China from March 15 through 19th, his first visit as Secretary of State to the East Asia and Pacific region.

The state department clearly said “This administration is also intent on pursuing a constructive relationship with China.” So the key words is “constructive relationship with China”. Preventing China access to those sand built island would not be seen as constructive, but more likely an act of war. So the conclusion is, the South China Sea blockade threat will not be on Rex Tillerson’s agenda during his first official visit to the region next week.

The South China Sea is a shallow but endlessly complicated body of water. Six nations , including Taiwan now compete for maritime jurisdiction based on conflicting claims to sovereignty over 51 of roughly 150 islands, atolls, and specks of rock just above the waves south and east of the mainland's coast.

At the moment, Trump’s administration has no clear strategies on the South China Sea, besides carrying on the Obama’s Pivot Asia strategies and the Freedom of Navigation. Neither which will stop or slow down China nine dash line claims in the region.

On the Freedom of Navigation, Trump’s administration deployed one of its most powerful, and advanced carrier strike group, including aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the South China Sea water. This move has been well received by Allies and observer. But patrolling will not stop china’s military buildup and land reclamation in this disputed water.

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South Korea: President Park Geun-hye impeachment upheld

According to CNN South Korea's Constitutional Court has upheld a decision by the country's National Assembly to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

President Park Geun-hye have served as the 11th President of South Korea, from 2013 to 2017.

President Park was the first woman who were elected as President of South Korea who served the 18th presidential term.   She was the first female president popularly elected as head of state in East Asia.

Prior to her presidency, She was the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party (GNP) from 2004 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2012. (The GNP changed its name to the "Saenuri Party" in February 2012.) She was also a member of the National Assembly, serving four complete consecutive parliamentary terms as a constituency representative between 1998 and 2012. She started her fifth term as a proportional representative in June 2012. Her father, Park Chung-hee, was the third President of South Korea from 1963 to 1979 after he seized power in 1961.

In 2013 and 2014, President Park was ranked 11th on the Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women and the most powerful woman in East Asia.  In 2014, she was ranked 46th on the Forbes list of the world's most powerful people, the third-highest South Korean on the list after Lee Kun-hee and Lee Jae-yong.

On 9 December 2016, Park was impeached by the National Assembly on charges related to influence peddling by a top aide.(The 25 Most Powerful Women in the World".  Forbes Retrieved 16 June 2014) Her presidential powers and duties were suspended with the ratification of the impeachment proposal, and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn assumed those powers and duties as Acting President.(President Park names Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as new PM.  Yonhap. 21 May 2015.  Retrieved 21 May 2015). The impeachment was upheld by the Constitutional Court on 10 March 2017, ending Park's presidency and forcing her out of office.

Meanwhile, According to Arirang News March 9th, 2017,  U.S. reaffirmed alliance, expresses hope for productive relations with next S. Korean president:   The United States has expressed hope for a productive relationship with South Korea's next president in light of the impeachment decision.

U.S. State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner said that Washington will work with Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn for the remainder of his tenure as acting president and continue that productive relationship with the next president.  Toner added that the U.S. takes no position on the impeachment but respects the decision and will continue to be a lynchpin of regional stability and security.  Toner also emphasized that Washington will meet all the alliance commitments especially defending against threats from North Korea.

On a separate note, South Korea's Defense Minister Han Min-koo called on his troops to up the military's readiness against North Korea's threats which Pyongyang has recently escalated tensions with its ballistic missile launches and emphasized that the regime could conduct a provocation using the ongoing Seoul-Washington joint drills as an excuse.  He urged his troops to strongly counter any provocations from the North.

 

 

According to Youtupe Mania
Breaking News - U.S. Deploys Drones Ready for Pre-emptive Strike on North Korea on March 13, 2017

 

Definitely U.S Didn't waste time to preventing provocative action from  North Korea's 4 consecutive bilistic missiles and securing South Korea which is North and South Korea War still didn't end since the Korean War (25 June 1950-27 July 1953).  The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea, and allowed the return of prisoners.  However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas are technically still at war.  Periodic clashes, many of which are deadly, have continued even to the present.

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Sources:  Yahoo,Fox News ,Al Jazeera,Youtube Menia, Youtub, Defense update, UN, Arirang News. , CNN, Wikipedia, March 14, 2017,

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund


U.S. Deploys Most Advanced Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense System To South KoreaU.S

 

 

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii, March 7, 2017 — U.S. Pacific Command has deployed the first elements of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, to South Korea, implementing the U.S.-South Korean alliance’s July decision to bring the defensive capability to the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s accelerating program of nuclear weapons tests and ballistic missile launches constitute a threat to international peace and security and violate multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions, Pacom officials said, adding that the THAAD deployment contributes to a layered missile defense system and enhances the alliance’s defense against North Korean missile threats.

Provocative North Korean Actions

"Continued provocative actions by North Korea, to include yesterday’s launch of multiple missiles, only confirm the prudence of our alliance decision last year to deploy THAAD to South Korea," Navy Adm. Harry Harris, Pacom commander, said. "We will resolutely honor our alliance commitments to South Korea and stand ready to defend ourselves, the American homeland and our allies."

The THAAD system is a strictly defensive capability, and it poses no threat to other countries in the region, Pacom officials said. It is designed to intercept and destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final phase of flight.

Pacom joint military forces remain vigilant in the face of North Korean ballistic missile threats and provocations and are fully committed to working closely with South Korea to maintain security in the region, officials said.

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THAAD anti-ballistic missile system would be able to shut down any ballistic missile and InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from China or North Korea up to 150 km in altitude within 200 km radius, when operating in forward-base mode. The missile carries no warhead but relies on the kinetic energy of the impact to destroy the incoming missile. It weights 900kg and can travel at a Mach 8.24, or 2.8 km/s. The fastest ICBM can travel up to Mach 23.

THAAD is a unique missile-defense system with unmatched precision, capable of countering threats around the world with its mobility and strategic battery-unit placement. It has a track record of 100% success rate. Its powerful Raytheon AN/TPU-2 radar is used to detect, track, and discriminate ballistic missile in the terminal phase of flight. Once an enemy target is identified, THAAD's Fire Control and Communications (TFCC) support team kicks in. If there is a decision to engage the incoming missile, the launcher fires an interceptor from truck-mounted launcher to destroy the incoming missiles.

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According to Fox News, March 6th, 2017,  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the March 6,  test launch of ballistic Missile and North Korea claims March 6 Missile test was practice to strike U.S. Military bases in Japan.

March 7:  U.S. Missile defense system arrived in South Korea day after North Korea Missile test.  2016:  North Korea Held two nuclear tests & more than 20 missile tests.

North Korea has deployed around 1,000 short and medium range ballistic missiles, hundreds may be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

 

Arirang News, Kim Hyun-bin reported that The South Korean military says North Korea fired off four ballistic missiles this morning March 6th, 2017.  Experts say It is unprecedented for North Korea to fire four missiles at the same time.

"North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the East Sea from its Tongchang-ri missile site at 7:36 a.m. on Monday. The missiles flew around one-thousand kilometers at an altitude of 260 kilometers. Seoul and Washington are currently analyzing the launch."

A defense ministry official says that the missiles could be a mixture of mid-range Rodong missiles... and Pukguksong-2 missiles, which are an upgraded version of the North's intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missile.

Japan announced that three of the four missiles fell in its exclusive economic zone,... and one came within 250 kilometers of Japanese land.  The South Korean military has condemned the launch.

It says it's on high alert and maintaining readiness for additional provocations. "North Korea has launched another ballistic missile following the launch last month. This is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and an attack on the peace and stability of South Korea and the international community."

Last Friday, the North had threatened to launch more missiles in response to the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills between Seoul and Washington.

The large-scale field training drills called Foal Eagle has started two days before on Wednesday... and the command post exercise Key Resolve will start next week.

It's common for North Korea to fire missiles during the drills, which are set to continue through April, and experts expect the North to launch several more missiles through then. This latest act is expected to solidify Seoul and Washington's commitment to deploying the U.S. missile defense system THAAD.

This issue is becoming quite a controversy here in South Korea, with Beijing slapping economic restrictions on South Korean products sold in China.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley says Washington is re-evaluating how it must deal with North Korea.Speaking in New York on Wednesday, Nikki Haley added that "all options are on the table" after the regime's repeated missile tests,... while reiterating the need of THAAD deployment on the Korean peninsula.

Arirang,  Ro Aram reports detail that The envoy's comments came shortly after the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launches and a day after the council unanimously adopted a press statement condemning the provocation.

Haley urged members to redouble efforts to impose UN sanctions

"And so what the United States said during the Security Council meeting is we think that all of our counterparts need to impose the sanctions that have already been put in place. We call on all of our member states to also increase their strength in what they're going to do in terms of getting the attention of North Korea as we go forward."

Asked about China's proposal for the North to suspend its weapons activities in exchange for a halt of joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea, Haley said positive action should first come from Pyongyang.

 

North Korea fired a total of 5 ballistic missiles into the Sea of East  over several months.  

On March 6, 2017, two THAAD launcher trucks arrived by air transport with C-17 Cargo at Osan Air Base South Korea; earlier that day, North Koreahad lauched 4 missiles.  Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., United States Pacific commander, issued a statement on the deployment of the system.  An article in Reuters noted that even with the THAAD defense system, a North Korean missile barrage would still pose a threat to South Korea while an article in the International Journal of SPace Politics & Policy said that South Korean forces already possess Patriot systems for point defense and Aegios destroyers cpable of stopping ballistic missiles that may come from the north.

The United States began installing the advanced antimissile system after North Korea tested four ballistic missiles on Monday.

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Sources: DOD, Yahoo,Fox News ,Al Jazeera,Youtube Menia, Youtub, Military Material, Defense update, UN, New York  times, Arirang News. Ultimate Military Channel , Wikipedia, March 8, 2017,

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund

 

U.S President Trump says U.S. will deal with North Korea 'very strongly'

February 13, 2017:

World leaders have issued ringing condemnations of North Korea's latest ballistic missile test.

President Trump called it a big problem,... the head of the United Nations said it was a troubling violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

According to Arirang News, Kim Mok-yeon Report:  Following North Korea's test of a new type of ballistic missile on Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to deal with North Korea "very strongly".

During a joint press conference at the White House with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, Trump referred to North Korea as a "big problem".

"Obviously North Korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with it very strongly."

However, President Trump did not elaborate on how he would respond to North Korea's missile and nuclear ambitions.

Earlier in the day, the Pentagon also expressed strong regret about Pyongyang's missile test, stressing that Washington's commitment to protect the homeland and allies such as South Korea and Japan is "ironclad".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the test launch a "further troubling violation" of Security Council resolutions.

Through his spokesman on Monday, Guterres urged Pyongyang to abide by its international obligations.

According to UN On 13 February 2017, Report, UN Condemning Missile Launch by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Secretary-General Urges Return to Denuclearization.

UN Reference SG/SM/18434-DC/3682:  The Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of another ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 12 February.  This action is a further troubling violation of Security Council resolutions.  The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leadership must return to full compliance with its international obligations and to the path of denuclearization.

13 February 2017 DC/3683: Disarmament Commission Elects Bureau Members, Reviews Agenda for 2017 Session

13 February 2017 SC/12716-DC/3684:  Security Council Press Statement on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Volodymyr Yelchenko (Ukraine)

30 November 2016 SG/SM/18316-SC/12604-DC/3675:  Secretary-General Calls Latest Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Sanctions ‘Toughest Ever’, Stresses Effective Implementation

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Security Council meeting on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in New York

16 November 2016 DC/3671:  Jeju Island to Host Fifteenth United Nations–Republic of Korea Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Issues, 17-18 November

The fifteenth United Nations–Republic of Korea Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Issues will take place on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from 17 to 18 November.

17 October 2016 SC/12557-DC/3665:  Security Council Press Statement on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Failed Ballistic Missile Launch

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Vitaly Churkin (Russian Federation)

The Secretary-General appeals to the international community to continue to address this situation in a united manner.

According to Defense Update report, February 13th, 2017 North Korea said on Monday, February 13, it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium-to-long-range ballistic missile.

The North’s state-run KCNA news agency said leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2, a new type of strategic weapon capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

“North Korean leader Kim Jong-un likely ordered the task of developing a surface-to-surface Pukguksong-2 missile based on the successful SLBM test carried out in August.

We have reached an assessment that the North is in the process of developing a ballistic missile with a significantly extended strike range,” an official from Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.   Since solid fuel powers the new intermediate missile, its range may be greater than an SLBM that can fly 2,000-2,500 km, but shorter than a Musudan’s 3,000-3,500 km range. Solid fuel-powered SLBM represents a step forward in the North’s nuclear missile programs. A solid fuel-powered engine requires much less fueling time than a conventional liquid-fueled one. In addition to its solid fuel, the missile was “cold-launched,” or expelled from its launch tube before igniting. These factors, coupled with the Polaris-2’s road-mobility, make the missile highly mobile and capable of being launched on short notice.

Sources: Yahoo, Youtub, Satellite News, Defense update, UN, Arirang News. Ultimate Military Channel , Wikipedia, February 9th, 2017,

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund

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U.S, Japan Condemn North Korea's fires Another Billistic Missile

February 12, 2017:

President Trump assured Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that "America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%".

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the test was "absolutely intolerable". Japanese officials say the missile did not reach its waters.

Speaking at a joint conference during a visit to the US, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe added that President Trump had also assured him that he was committed to "further enforcing our alliance".

In South Korea, South Korea Foreign Ministers for U.S.A, Japan, South Korea's all leaders have condemned North Korea's provocative action.

Later, North Korea have announced within a day later that this is a successful land-based variant, named as Pukguksong-2 which is a new Korean's nuclear capable stategic weapon that uses high angle trajectory with due consideration to the safety of neighboring countries.

KNA also announced that this test is the upgraded extended-range version of it's submarine-launched ballistic missile which also uses solid fuel engine and allows them to verify a "feature of evading interception' and 'the mobility and operation of the new type missile launching truck'.

Millitary source from South Korea mentioned that this missile reached an altitude of 550 km (340 miles) and flew a distance of about 500 km, landing off its east coast, towards Japan.

Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea have recentlyannounced that his country is in the final stages to test it's ICBM during his New Year's speech. This lauch occurred during a state by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the golf resort of President Trump in Floria and also the first missile test under Trump's administration. Both head of state presented a United front shortly after this test. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the test was "absolutely intolerable". President Trump assured Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that "America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%".

However, last January 29, 2017, For half an hour on Monday morning, or Sunday evening U.S. time, the acting Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump on the phone, to discuss their strategic military alliance and North Korea.

According to statements from both offices, Hwang congratulated President Trump on his inauguration, before stressing the continued threat from North Korea and the need for the two nations to work together to denuclearize the rogue state.

President Trump said the U.S. will always be 100-percent behind South Korea, and that the South Korea-U.S. relationship would be "better than ever."

Also, on February 6th, 2017, Trump Administration, Secretary of Defense, James Mattis: Mad Dog, Strongly Warned North Korea of Provocation which will have Overwhelming Response if it use nuclear weapons. He reassured Allies, South Korea and Japan that United States will provide protection if any attacks and committed to maintain stability on the peninsula and in the region. He said “Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming. North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons programme, and engage in threatening rhetoric and behaviour”.

Meanwhile, U.S. Pacific Command chief suggests deploying Zumwalt stealth destroyer to S. Korea While THAAD the U.S. missile defense system, is scheduled to be stationed here this year... there are emerging reports Seoul and Washington are mulling the deployment of the USS Zumwalt. All of these should be able to help to protect South Korea and Japan as well.

Report shows that This weekend's North Korea Billistic Missile, The weapon did not appear to be an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) given its flight range.

The launch sparked a rushed Saturday night address from President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is visiting Mar-a-Lago and spent Saturday playing golf.

“North Korea’s most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said through a translator alongside President Trump.

He urged the nation to “fully comply” with U.N. security resolutions prohibiting the country from dabbling in ballistic missile tests.

The South Korea's military said Seoul and Washington were analyzing the details of the launch and whether it was a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile, which has a designed range of 1,800 miles.

Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said the missile did not land in the country's exclusive economic zone.

The missile was launched from the northwestern city of Kusong just before 8 a.m. and flew about 300 miles toward the East Sea, according to U.S. and South Korean officials.

The North repeatedly failed launching ICBMs in 2016 but one sailed 250 miles and was considered a success by South Korean and United States experts.

Sunday's launch comes a day after Trump held a summit meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and said he agreed to work to ensure strong defense against North Korea's threat.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year speech that the country was close to test-launching an ICBM and state media have said such a launch could come at any time.

Once fully developed, a North Korean ICBM could threaten the continental United States, which is about 5,500 miles from North Korea.

ICBMs have a minimum range of about 3,400 miles, but some are designed to travel 6,200 miles or more.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests and a number of missile-related tests at an unprecedented rate last year and was seen by experts and officials to be making progress in its weapons capabilities, although no ballistic missile launch attempt had been detected since October.

The Pukkuksong-1 which has alternative name of KN-11 by intelligence outside of North Korea, Polaris-1 (Which is the English name translated from the original Korean name, which means North Star) or Bukgeukseong-1, is a North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that has been successfully flight tested on 24 August 2016 and expected for operational deployment at as early as 2017 by South Korean military sources.

Pukkuksong-1 is officially recognized as a missile that went through a complete successful test on 24 Aug 2016 by South Korea, the United States, and North Korea. North Korea has never announced the actual operational range and payload as this technical information is probably considered classified. Most countries do this, e.g. the United States considers the exact operational range of its current SLBM, UGM-133 Trident II, as classified information as well.

Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea have recently announced that his country is in the final stages to test it's ICBM during his New Year's speech.

This launch occurred during a state by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the golf resort of President Trump in Florida  on February 12, 2017 and also the first missile test under Trump's administration.

Both head of state presented a united front shortly after this test. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the test absolutely intolerable and mentioned that President Trump 'assured me the United States will always stand with Japan 100 percent.' at the White House on Friday, However, On January 29th, 2017 President Trump also had phone conversation with Acting President South Korea Hwang Kyo Ahn that U.S.A. will be supporting South Korea 100 percent and his relationship will be better than ever.

Sources: White House, DOD, CNN, Fox, Yahoo, YTN, Youtube, Arirang News,, Wikipedia, and Search
Feb 13, 2017,

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund

U.S, Japan Military Successfully
Intercepted A Ballistic Missile Target

Feb 03, 2017 - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA off the west coast of Hawaii. The flight test, designated SM-3 Block IIA Cooperative Development (SCD) Project Flight Test, Standard Missile (SFTM)-01, was the third flight test of the SM-3 Block IIA guided missile, and the first intercept test. This test also marks the first time an SM-3IIA was launched from an Aegis ship and the first intercept engagement using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 (BMD 5.1) weapon system.

United States new Defense Secretary Jim Mattis or Mad Dog, strongly warns North Korea of Effective and Overwhelming Response if it use nuclear weapons.

He reassured Allies, South Korea and Japan that United States will provide protection if any attacks and committed to maintain stability on the peninsula and in the region.

He said “Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming. North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons programme, and engage in threatening rhetoric and behaviour”.

Mad Dog’s warning come amid concern that North Korea could be ready to test a new ballistic missile, in what could be an early challenge for the President Trump’s administration. North Korea also appears to have restarted operation of a reactor at its main nuclear facility, Yongbyon, which produces plutonium for its nuclear weapons program.

In response, North Korea leader accused the U.S. and South Korea of inciting a pre-emptive nuclear attack in the region and said that the plan to deploy a missile defense system would push the region to the brink of a nuclear conflict.

Meanwhile, U.S. Pacific Command chief suggests deploying Zumwalt stealth destroyer to S. Korea While THAAD the U.S. missile defense system, is scheduled to be stationed here this year... there are emerging reports Seoul and Washington are mulling the deployment of the USS Zumwalt.

If the advanced American stealth destroyer sails to Korea, the reclusive state up North will have second thoughts about conducting any provoctive act. USS ZUMWALT in ACTION! DDG-1000 sea trials and Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) weapons featured.

South Korea's defense ministry said on Monday that the latest U.S. Zumwalt destroyer could be deployed to the Korean peninsula.

Although there hasn't been an official offer yet,... the idea of deploying the Zumwalt to South Korean waters was brought up by the chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, Jr. last month during a meeting with South Korean lawmakers at the U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii.

Arirang News reported that According to the South Korean Ministry of National Defense, the Zumwalt stealth destroyer... could be deployed near South Korea's southernmost Jeju island or the southeastern district of Jinhae, about 410 kilometers south of Seoul. "There hasn't been any official proposal from the U.S., but, if there is, we will give it consideration... in terms of how it could curb nuclear and missile threats from North Korea."

The Zumwalt multipurpose ship was unveiled by the U.S. Navy in October last year.

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Named after legendary Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, this United States Navy guided missile destroyer is the lead in ship in her class.

Her revolutionary look has resulted from a design emphasis on stealth – with the ship’s radar cross-section having been drastically reduced; indeed it’s said that the Zumwalt appears no larger than a small fishing boat on a radar.

In addition to possessing world’s best naval stealth capability, the vessel has a hugely advanced and formidable offensive capacity – including a Vertical Launching System (RIM-66 Standard Missiles, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles, RUM-139 VL-ASROC anti-submarine missiles and Tomahawk subsonic cruise missiles) AND the uniquely lethal Advanced Gun System and Long Range Land Attack Projectile.

As the leading weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin describes below:

“The 155mm LRLAP is both the most accurate and longest-range guided projectile in U.S. Navy history, with a maximum range in excess of 63 nautical miles. It’s precision and near vertical angle of fall enables the War-fighter to defeat targets in the urban canyons of coastal cities with minimal collateral damage.

The LRLAP system provides high-volume fire support at a rate of 10 rounds per minute through the depth of the magazine. It uses the world’s most advanced, g-hardened electronics—including a global positioning system and inertial measurement unit—to withstand the punishing gun-launch environment.

155mm LRLAP provides single strike lethality against a wide range of targets, with three times the lethality of traditional 5-inch naval ballistic rounds—and because it is guided, fewer rounds can produce similar or more lethal effects at less cost. LRLAP has the capability to guide multiple rounds launched from the same gun to strike single or multiple targets simultaneously, maximizing lethal effects.”

It's chances of being detected on radar is only one-50th of conventional destroyers WHICH APPRECIATE to the special paint and unique structure.

It's expected to be armed with electromagnetic railguns starting next year... in addition to the current SM-6 ship-to-air missile, the Tomahawk long-range cruise missile and numerous anti-submarine weapons.

The first in a class of three revolutionary U.S. Navy vessels, known as the DDG 1000, was underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in December 2015.

Cutting-edge technologies enable the DDG 1000’s advanced capabilities, provide the ship’s unmatched versatility and dramatically reduce manning requirements.

The Zumwalt-class destroyers Navy's features Raytheon technologies and equipment most notably the:

    Total Ship Computing Environment – a single, encrypted network that controls all shipboard computing applications, ranging from the ship’s lights and machinery control to its radars and weapon systems. The TSCE's sailor-centric interface and high degree of automation allow the ship to run more effectively and efficiently.

    Electronic Modular Enclosures – a shipbuilding innovation that packages more than 235 individual electronics cabinets into ready-to-install, “ruggedized” units for easy integration, maintenance and upgrades. Each ship carries 16 EMEs.

    Integrated Undersea Warfare System – two sonar arrays (high and medium frequencies) in one automated, hull-mounted system designed to protect the ship from enemy mines, submarines and torpedoes. Using sophisticated algorithms, the sonar better enables Zumwalt destroyers to detect, engage and defeat an enemy threat.

    MK57 Vertical Launching System – a state-of-the-art weapon launcher designed to fire missiles for sea, land and air attacks. The MK57’s modular electronic-architecture allow Zumwalt destroyers to quickly transition to new missiles systems by minimizing the need to re-qualify their launchers. The MK57 launchers are contained and protected by the Peripheral Vertical Launch System*. The PVLS’ design and positioning make the launchers – and missiles – resistant to battle damage and safely isolates them from the crew and shipboard equipment.

    Additional significant capabilities and features include the:

    • Advanced Gun System* – each ship carries two 155 mm guns capable of firing long-range projectiles that can strike a target from a distance of 63 nautical miles.

    Integrated Power System* – often called an "all-electric" ship, the quiet and economical design of the destroyers' power system generates 100 percent of the energy needed for each vessel's propulsion, electronics and weapons systems. While steaming at 20 knots, the system provides 58 MW of reserved power, allowing for inherent flexibility and ample energy to support future technologies.

    Raytheon serves as the prime mission systems equipment integrator for all electronic and combat systems for the program Navy's most suphisticated ship requirements to life.

    During last Friday's meeting between South Korean defense minister Han Min-koo and his counterpart U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the two allies agreed to extend deterrence steps, which include deploying additional U.S. strategic military assets on the Korean peninsula.

    If the Zumwalt is deployed, Seoul believes it could have a great impact in curbing North Korea's provocations.

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Sources: Yahoo, Youtub, Navy, Satellite News, DOD, Raytheon, Arirang News. Ultimate Military Channel , Wikipedia, February 9th, 2017,

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund

U.S. Defense Chief, General Jim Mattis Warns Noth Korea: US Response Will Be “Overwhelming”

According to DOD, WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2017 — The United States will defeat any attack on the homeland or on its allies and will meet any use of nuclear weapons with an effective and overwhelming response, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today in Seoul.

Defense Chief General Mattis, on his first official visit as defense secretary to South Korea and Japan, spoke in advance of a meeting on February 3rd with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo.

In Seoul, the two leaders stood on a stage at separate podiums against a backdrop of U.S. and South Korean national flags. Mattis’s remarks were translated consecutively.

Iron-Clad Guarantees

“North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop a nuclear weapons program and engage in threatening rhetoric and behavior,” the secretary said.

“We stand with our peace-loving Republic of Korea ally to maintain stability on the peninsula and in the region. America's commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantees remain iron clad,” he added.

North Korea’s threatening rhetoric and destabilizing behavior has prompted the United States and Korea to deploy terminal high-altitude area defense anti-ballistic missile systems, which Defense Chief, General Mattis called “highly effective,” to South Korea to protect its people and the 28,500 U.S. troops there who stand beside the U.S. allies.

According to the Missile Defense Agency’s website, THAAD is an element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System that can intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside earth’s atmosphere during the final, or terminal, phase of flight.

Mattis said the United States and South Korea also are committed to expanding trilateral venues of cooperation with Japan.

“The mutual defense of our nations is best served through teamwork,” the defense secretary said, noting that today he and Han will discuss other ways to make sure “our militaries are always ready to protect this republic.”

Trusted Bonds

On February 2nd and February 3rd, 2017 Morning, Defense Chief General Mattis met with South Korea’s acting president and prime minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn, National Security Advisor Kim Kwan-jin and Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se.

“From those meetings,” the defense secretary said, “I gained a deeper sense of the trusted bonds between our countries built on shared interests and values.”

The United States stands by its commitments and with its allies, he added.

“Our alliance is a testament to mutual commitment and respect,” Mattis said, “and it is a linchpin of peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region.”

Mattis is on a four-day trip to meet with defense leaders in Japan and South Korea. The trip underscores the U.S. commitment to its enduring alliances with the two nations and strengthens cooperation among all three.

During the meetings, ‎the Defense Secretary, General, Mattis emphasized the priority that President Donald J. Trump places on the Asia-Pacific region, and on strengthening the U.S.-South Korean alliance, Ross said. Mattis also underscored that the United States remains steadfast in its commitment to defend South Korea and that the U.S. extended deterrence commitment remains ironclad, he said.

‎The South Korean officials impressed upon the defense secretary the importance of close cooperation in the face of a growing North Korea nuclear and ballistic missile threat, Ross said. The secretary responded that the alliance would continue to take defensive measures in response to this developing threat, such as the stationing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula, the commander said.

Mattis relayed that he had inherited an already strong alliance, and committed to spending his tenure making it stronger than ever, Ross said

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According to Arirang News, U.S. defense chief says N. Korea's nuclear issue is Washington's top security priority.

Trump's Defense Secretary, General Mattis Warns North Korea: US Response Will Be "Overwhelming" - Here is Full Statement via Video by Sgt. Ryan Sharp American Forces Network Pacific: Youtube. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea that any use of nuclear weapons by the North on the United States or its allies would be met with what he called an "effective and overwhelming" response.

According to U.S. army Technology: The THAAD terminal (formerly theatre) high-altitude area defense missile system is an easily transportable defensive weapon system to protect against hostile incoming threats such as tactical and theatre ballistic missiles at ranges of 200km and at altitudes up to 150km.

The THAAD system provides the upper tier of a 'layered defensive shield' to protect high value strategic or tactical sites such as airfields or populations centres. The THAAD missile intercepts exo-atmospheric and endo-atmospheric threats.

The sites would also be protected with lower and medium-tier defensive shield systems such as the Patriot PAC-3 which intercepts hostile incoming missiles at 20 to 100 times lower altitudes.

U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA): conducted a successful first engagement of a ballistic missile target with the Arrow-3 interceptor.

THAAD: Therminal High Altitude Area Defense: When enemies attack, governments must be ready to defend their soldiers, citizens and infrastructure. That's where THAAD comes in one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world.

Taking the High Ground: The THAAD system provides the critical capability to defend against short and medium ranged ballistic missiles.

ABILITY TO INTERCEPT MISSILES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE ATMOSPHERE

DEFENDS POPULATION CENTERS AND HIGH VALUE INFRASTRUCTURES

INTEROPERABLE WITH OTHER BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTMES

HIGHLY MOBILE AND DEPLOYABLE WORLDWIDE

INTERCEPTING A MISSILE: The system has a track record of 100 percent mission success in flight testing since 2005:

1: Rada detects incoming threat.

2: The target is identified and engaged.

3: Interceptor is fired from truck-mounted launcher.

4: Interceptor uses kinestic energy to destroy incoming missile.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is a United States Army anti-ballistic missile system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill approach. THAAD was developed to counter Iraq's Scud missile attacks during the Gulf War in 1991. The missile carries no warhead, but relies on the kinetic energy of impact to destroy the incoming missile. A kinetic energy hit minimizes the risk of exploding conventional warhead ballistic missiles, and nuclear tipped ballistic missiles will not detonate upon a kinetic energy hit. THAAD was designed to hit Scud missiles and similar weapons.

The THAAD system is being designed, built, and integrated by Lockheed Martin Space Systems acting as prime contractor. Key subcontractors include Raytheon, Boeing, Aerojet, Rocketdyne, Honeywell, BAE Systems, Oshkosh Defense, MiltonCAT, and the Oliver Capital Consortium.

Originally a US Army program, THAAD has come under the umbrella of the Missile Defense Agency. The Navy has a similar program, the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which now has a land component as well ("Aegis ashore"). THAAD was originally scheduled for deployment in 2012, but initial deployment took place May 2008.

THAAD: Therminal High Altitude Area Defense: When enemies attack, governments must be ready to defend their soldiers, citizens and infrastructure. That's where THAAD comes in one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world.

Sources: DOD, Yahoo, Youtube, Lockheed, Arirang News,, Wikipedia, Feb 3rd,. 2017,

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund

Bad Ambiguity Act can be North Korea's Favor
and Danger to South Korea

On December 31st, instead celebrating the New Year’s Eve, Over 1.5 Million people gathers and shout out loud that President Park’s Impeachment nullity, which was made unfair falsification. Even during the Christmas Day they have shouted out loud for the citizens voice to let out to the ROK Government that they do not want conquered by the Communist North Korea Kim Jung Un. 1.5 Million people and citizens shouting their voice “Release President Park from the falls impeachment that they made”. The citizens will not let it happened the Unfair Falsification. There have made falls Computer PC information, that they were putting together and the ROK Government made decision by the PC falls information, which was made all falsification on purpose and made the biggest conspiracy towards President Park. But, The ministers of Church, and the citizens know that she is innocent and will continue to support for President Park who are working hard and who she devoted to protecting and defending ROK.

Republic of Korea and whom she loves her country so much. Other opposition parties and Communist are mixed in so many ways which is false manipulation like true story with framing ambiguity act and making fake movie, connecting fake stories and falls PC operation to drive action to look bad President Park and their family and it is easy to make one person in the corner with falls falsifications because wrong people made just like Jesus died with human errors yet, people respect and worship after so many years with true miracles and there is hope that they believe. According to CGTN, Live, Dated January 1st, 2017.

Kim Jong Un, Leader of North Korea says the country is close to a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Kim made the statement during a televised New Year’s Day Speech.

Research and development of cutting-edge arms equipment is actively progressing and test launch preparations for an intercontinental ballistic missile rocket is in its last stage in his speech can accuse the U.S. of invading and interfering in the Asia-pacific region through South Korea.

Ironically, North Korea Leader, Kim Jong Un also said it was necessary to smash the activities of anti unification traders referring to South Korea’s impeach president Park Geun - hae.

The North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile tests being conducted its fifth and largest nuclear tests on September 9th, 2016. And also carried out a string a ballistic missile tests at an unprecedented rate in 2016.

According to CGTN, Live, Dated January 1st, 2017.

Kim Jong Un, Leader of North Korea says the country is close to a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Kim made the statement during a televised New Year’s Day Speech.

Research and development of cutting-edge arms equipment is actively progressing and test launch preparations for an intercontinental ballistic missile rocket is in its last stage in his speech can accuse the U.S. of invading and interfering in the Asia-pacific region through South Korea.

Ironically, North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un also said it was necessary to smash the activities of anti unification traders referring to South Korea’s impeach president Park Geun - hae.

The North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile tests being conducted its fifth and largest nuclear tests on September 9th, 2016. And also carried out a string a ballistic missile tests at an unprecedented rate in 2016.

People says that the Ambiguity act and making fake stories let out and these reason is not safe to South Korea.

Bad Ambiguity Act can be North Korea's Favor
and Danger to South Korea

Sources: Yahoo, Youtube, CGTN, Arirang News, KBS , MBC, Wikipedia, Jan 2nd. 2017,

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund

A Huge Burst of support with ROK Flags!

ROK People see the Oppositions Parties and different parities propagating the candlelight and influence the massive media and had no place and space for rights to show their voice. Finally people spoke loud with 12 millions people showed up everywhere and shown their hearts and soul to destroyers of current President Park which millions people have been shouting NO IMPEACHMENT PRESIDENT PARK KEUN HAE and they have been shouting long three weeks but, the media have shown only a few days after IMPEACHMENT HAVE VOTED with the biggest conspiracies have been applied many people have shouted throughout the Seoul which have line up so many busses and made decision BY THE OPOSITIONS AND SOME SAENURI. ALTHOUGH THE MEDIA HAVE SHOWN ONLY THE CANDLE LIGHTS DUE TO OPPOSITION PARTIES TOOK OVER THEIR OWN PEOPLE IN ORDER TO TAKE OVER CURRENT ADMINISTRATION FOR PRESIDENT PARK. Many people see that over powered to the current president Park’s administration without true legitimate reasons. South Korea now trying to put their own PRESIDENT to DESTROY. SOME SAYS NORTH KOREA LEADER KIM JONG UN CAN BE THE LEADER EVEN SOUTH KOREA AND INFLUENCING THE COMMUNIST PARTIES THROUGH OUT THE CAPITOL CITY SEOUL AND EVEN OPPOSITIONS PARITIES INSTEAD DEFENSE AND SECURING THEIR OWN COUNTRY. HOWEVER, U.S. SOUTH KOREA, CHINA, JAPAN ARE CONTINUE TO WORKING MORE STRONGER THAN EVER TO PROTECTING THE PEOPLE IN SOUTH KOREA AND NEIGHBORS AROUND THE WORLD.

NORTH KOREA CONTINUE TO SHOW UP THEIR OVER POWERING NUCLEAR POWER ALTHOUGH 3 PARITES AND GLOBAL PROTECTORS CAN BE DESTROYED NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR POWER WITH CAREFULLY STRUCTURED SYSTEM AND HIGH TECH.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE, GLOBAL WARNING PROBLEM IS COMING FROM NUCLEAR TEST AND TEST AFTER THEIR SPREAD WILL BE HARMING AROUND THE WORLD BY THE NORTH KOREA’S IRREGULAR SYSTEMS

THE NORTH KOREA THINKING THE SKY IS UNLIMITED BUT, THE SKY IS LIMITED BY THE POLUSION SPREAD WHEN THEY HAVING TEST AFTER TEST AND EXPLOSION OF POISON GAS AND NUCLEAR EVEN SPREADING INTO the SKY and THE OCEAN.

THE SKY IS ONLY ONE WITHIN ONE EARTH THAT WE HAVE WHAT GOD CREATED. THE HUMAN IS SPREADING THE POISON AND DESTROY which WILL MAKE WORST land, occures earthquake, landslide, birth defact, strange desease, shrinking the ocean, also causes FOG AROUND THE WORLD from the nuclear test from North Korea and even propaganda effect. THAT IS WHY KEEPING EARTH FRESH AND CLEAN AIR IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP HUMAN LIFE AND ANNIMALS LIFE ALIVE further keeping safe homeland in South Korea and Global world safe.

MANY PEOPLE, around the world and Many God believers hoping that South Korea is not becoming the communist parties….. Hoping The own flag of Republic of Korea(Tae Guk Ki ) fly high instead candle lights of danger propaganda and destroying the beautiful South Korea environment.

US Remains Strong support for any Circumstances

Arirang News dated Dec. 8th, 2016 reports that The U.S. State Department says Washington's alliance with South Korea remains strong and the result will not affect their relationship.

State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said Thursday, local time,... that the political crisis in Korea is an internal matter for the Korean people.

When asked about how the corruption scandal could affect talks on North Korea,... Trudeau said the alliance's position of denuclearizing North Korea remains unchanged.

Park Jong-hong, Arirang News.

The U.S. says the impeachment vote will not sway its bilateral alliance with South Korea.

The State Department said the relationship is "strong," "deep" and "solid" despite the leadership crisis in Seoul and predicts the outcome will not have any impact on the two countries' ties.

State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau made the comments Thursday at a regular briefing.

Asked if the South's political situation could affect the North Korean nuclear issue, Trudeau said the U.S. position on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is well known and the position has not changed.

The Current situation of South Korea and having so many complicated environment which The North Korea is looking for more confusion and bad environment within Korean Government and people. That is the most venerable situation what North Korea is looking for.

President Park has been keeping strong Defense program and continue to working hard what South Korea should have been in order to keeping South Korea peace and secure. South Korea has been more strong defense homeland security. North Korea is looking for more mass environment and fighting each other and complicated situation for Government but, it is very important concentrate and protecting the country and stay strong. South Korea should continue what the country needs for more secure land and keeping together world peace with embracing what has working together.

Chinese diplomat: Jieyi Liu says that Since the beginning of this year North Korea (DPRK) has conducted two nuclear tests and multiple ballistic missile tests. On the other hand certain parties have kept strengthening military deployment, increasing military presence, and scaling up military exercises. As a result the confrontation on the Peninsula has intensified, plunging into a vicious circle. This situation must be changed.

The familiar system should be kept until the term is completed and the responsible should be completed with their strong relationship without the complication for foreign diplomat and homeland security. Hope President Park her endurance will continue to serve for her country and keeping peace homeland that she loves. We are all human and no one is expected perfect behavior except our God and there is forgiveness within human needs like your own family is forgiving as necessary.

Meanwhile U.S. and other nations are continue to working hard to protect South Korea in order to save human lives and preventing from the Nuclear danger situations. When North Korea explored Nuclear without the regulation procedures and exposed worst environment; i.e.,, earthquack, mud slide, exposing radiation, birth defect, pollution, Disabling fuctions and bodys, and unknown disasters will happen which we cannot handle by human, and it will be too late situation. Concentrating home land and global security is much needed at this critical time now.

Sources: Yahoo, Youtube, Arirang News,world KBS , Wikipedia, Dec 2nd. 2016

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund

UN Security Council imposes
"tough
est" sanctions on
DPRK nuclear weapons programme

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    According to UN's Report dated November 30th, 2016

    The UN Security Council unanimously voted today, 30 November 2016, to impose the “toughest and most comprehensive sanctions regime ever” on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its nuclear weapons programme. Reacting to the Council's vote, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the resolution “sends an unequivocal message that the DPRK must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations.”

    The UN security Council today(30 nov) unanimously voted the“toughest and most comprehensive sanctions regime ever” imposed by the Council on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) over its nuclear weapons programme.

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    Secretary of General Ban Gi Moon: Today’s resolution includes the toughest and most comprehensive sanctions regime ever imposed by the Security Council.

    It sends an unequivocal message that the DPRK must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations. Targeted sanctions matter.

    United State Ambassador to UN, Samantha Power: The door remains open for the DPRK to choose a different path; to choose the path of negotiations toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization. When the DPRK makes this choice, the United States, and I know this Council, will be ready to engage.

    China: Jieyi Liu: Since the beginning of this year DPRK has conducted two nuclear tests and multiple ballistic missile tests. On the other hand certain parties have kept strengthening military deployment, increasing military presence, and scaling up military exercises. As a result the confrontation on the Peninsula has intensified, plunging into a vicious circle. This situation must be changed.

    Liu Jieyi (Chinese is a Chinese diplomat. Since 2013, he has been China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York. In 2013, Liu succeeded Li Baodong as China's Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. During November 2013, Liu was the President of the UN Security Council.

    November 30, 2016: Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2321 on Sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

    It sends an unequivocal message that the DPRK must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations. Targeted sanctions matter.

    United State Ambassador to UN, Samantha Power: The door remains open for the DPRK to choose a different path; to choose the path of negotiations toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization.

    Permanent Representative of the United State to the United Nations

    When the DPRK makes this choice, the United States, and I know this Council, will be ready to engage.

    When the DPRK makes this choice, the United States, and I know this Council, will be ready to engage. China: Jieyi Liu: Since the beginning of this year DPRK has conducted two nuclear tests and multiple ballistic missile tests. On the other hand certain parties have kept strengthening military deployment, increasing military presence, and scaling up military exercises. As a result the confrontation on the Peninsula has intensified, plunging into a vicious circle. This situation must be changed.

    Liu Jieyi (Chinese is a Chinese diplomat. Since 2013, he has been China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York. In 2013, Liu succeeded Li Baodong as China's Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. During November 2013, Liu was the President of the UN Security Council.

    On a Same Day, November 30, 2016: Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. to the United Nations, at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2321 on Sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

    The Security Council Resolution 2321 on Sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) respond to...

    FACT SHEET: Resolution 2321 (2016) Strengthening Sanctions on the DPRK

      Sources: United Nation, Yahoo, Youtube, Arirang News,world , Wikipedia, WSJ Live
      Dec 2nd, 2016

      catch4all.com, Sandra Englund

     


Remarks by Secretary Carter and Minister Han
in a Press Conference in the Pentagon Briefing

    Press Operations

    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Han Min Koo

    Oct. 20, 2016 First, we discussed the continued threat from North Korea. Indeed, North Korea's nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, like the one that failed last evening, threaten the stability of the Korean Peninsula and the broader Asia-Pacific region. As with previous tests, we strongly condemn last night's attempt, which even in failing, violated several U.N. Security Council resolutions, and affirm that this latest provocation only strengthens our resolve to work together with our Republic of Korea allies to maintain stability on the peninsula. Indeed, the United States remains committed to defending our allies against any threat with the full spectrum of American military might. That's why we're adapting our force structure on the peninsula, most recently by agreeing as allies to deploy THAAD to defend against North Korean missile threats. And that's why we're ensuring we remain ready to, as we say, "fight tonight." And we're working together to achieve a conditions-based transfer of wartime operational control.

    And that's why the United States is reaffirming its ironclad commitment to defend South Korea with our extended deterrence capabilities. We agreed yesterday to establish the Extended Deterrent Strategy and Consultation Group through which we will discuss further steps we can take.

    Make no mistake, any attack on America or our allies will not only be defeated, but any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an overwhelming and effective response.

    According to South China Morning Post: PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 4:38pm UPDATED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 10:51pm China's coal imports from North Korea fall amid calls for tougher sanctions over nuclear tests Beijing announced in April it would ban North Korean coal imports, but has previously made exemptions for deliveries intended for ‘livelihood purposes’ China’s coal imports from North Korea in September fell by more than a quarter from August, customs data showed, after a push from the United States last month to punish North Korea for its recent nuclear test with a tougher ban on its coal exports. Data from the General Administration of Customs released on Monday showed China imported 1.8 million tonnes of anthracite coal from North Korea last month. That was 27 per cent below the 2.465 million tonnes imported in August, which was the highest since at least the start of 2016.

    The United States and Japan have been holding talks in Tokyo on North Korea's nuclear and missile threats,... and other issues of mutual interest. South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam and his U.S. and Japanese counterparts Tony Blinken and Shinsuke Sugiyama were said to have discussed additional sanctions on Pyongyang,... with heightened tensions since the regime conducted its fifth nuclear test in September. The talks are the fifth of their kind since the first gathering held in Washington in April 2015. On Wednesday,... Lim and Blinken, as well as Lim and Sugiyama held separate bilateral talks,... during which they agreed to work together to strengthen punitive measures on North Korea.


North Korea Threat South Korea Ash land When It’s Defends Nuclear Warhead Weapon by THAAD
THAAD PROVIDES EFFECTIVE DEFENSE
AGAINST TBM THREATS

    According to Arirang News, On Oct 1st, during the 68th Army Day’s Event: President Park Geun-hye said that THAAD is the minimum self-defense measure needed to protect our citizens. It’s a must to better counter North Korea’s attacks.

    Per Arirang News in July, it was already announced that THAAD will be Golf Course selected as new location for U.S. missile defense system at the Lotte Skyhill Country Club in the northern part of Seongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.

    The decision was made after a survey of two other possible candidate locations. The golf course lies 296 kilometers southeast of Seoul and is around 680 meters above sea.

    The location is far from residential areas, in response to Seongju residents’ concerns about the potential health problems posed by THAAD’s radar system. When the official announcement is made the deployment is still likely to face opposition from residents of the nearby town of Gimcheon who had threatened to protest if the golf were selected.

    Another barrier the defense ministry faces is cost.

    The golf course is valued at over 80 million U.S. dollars, and the government will have to gain parliamentary approval for such a large budget outlay.

    THAAD is expected to be deployed to South Korea by the end of next year to better protect agains North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

    President Park Geun-Hye expressed that The most efficient means of reining in North Korea’s madness is a unified defense based on the South Korea-U.S. Alliance. We must reinforce the alliance and maintain full defense readiness to suppress North Korea’s nuclear development, establish permanent peace and achieve denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

    According to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE News, July 8th, 2016:
    U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea

    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2016 — Based on recent consultations, the United States and South Korea have made an alliance decision to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense missile battery to U.S. Forces Korea as a defensive measure to ensure the security of South Korea and that of its people, and to protect alliance military forces from North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile threats, according to a Defense Department news release issued July 7.

    North Korea's nuclear test and multiple ballistic missile tests, including the recent intermediate-range ballistic missile launches, highlight the grave threat that North Korea poses to the security and stability of South Korea as well as to the entire Asia-Pacific region, the release said.

    THAAD provides the ballistic missile defense system with a globally transportable, rapidly deployable capability to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during the final phase of flight, according to DoD’s Missile Defense Agency website. More detailed information you may click to view.

    THAAD Intercepting A Missile

    The system has a track record of 100 percent mission success all time in flight testing since 2005.

    1: RADAR: Radar detects incoming threat.

    2: TFCC (THAAD fire control and Communications support equipment) The target is identified and engaged.

    3: TFCC and Launcher: ( THAAD fire control and Communications support equipment) Interceptor is fired from truck-mounted launcher.

    4: Interceptor uses kinetic energy to destroy incoming missile.

    After bilateral meeting on September 6th, 2016, Both U.S.A and South Korea have agreed to maintain a strong deterrence posture by enhancing both US and Korea combined defense capabilities to include the deployment of the THAAD system.

    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

      For Immediate Release

      September 06, 2016

    Remarks by President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea
    After Bilateral Meeting

    Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel

    Vientiane, Laos

    5:01 P.M. ICT

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is always a pleasure to meet with my friend and partner, President Park of the Republic of Korea, and her delegation. As we all know, the ROK is one of America’s oldest and closest allies. Our alliance remains the lynchpin of peace and security not just on the Korean Peninsula, but across the region.

    In recent years, we’ve worked together to strengthen our alliance, and to ensure our readiness against any threat. For instance, our missile defense cooperation -- THAAD -- is a purely defensive system to deter and defend against North Korean threats. And today, I want to reaffirm that our commitment to the defense and security of North South Korea, including extended deterrence, is unwavering.

    We had extensive discussions about the recent provocations by the DPRK, and we are united in condemning North Korea’s continued missile launches, including this week while China was hosting the G20. These launches are provocative. They’re a violation of North Korea’s obligations internationally. Its nuclear and missile programs are a threat to not only the ROK, but to Japan, other allies in the region, partners in the region, and to the United States.

    So we are going to work diligently together with the most recent U.N. sanctions that are already placing North Korea under the most intense sanctions regime ever. We’re going to work together to make sure that we’re closing loopholes and making them even more effective. And President Park and I agreed that the entire international community needs to implement these sanctions fully and hold North Korea accountable.

    North Korea needs to know that provocations will only invite more pressure and further deepen its isolation, but that if it is willing to recognize its international obligations and the importance of denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula, the opportunities for us to dialogue with them are there. And we do not have any interest in an offensive approach to North Korea. We want peace and security for all peoples, but their current behavior has not been ones that are conducive to the kinds of dialogue and diplomacy that both the ROK and the United States would prefer..

    Beyond the region, our alliance is a global one. We stand together against ISIL. We stand together in providing humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people and for refugees, promoting global health and fighting climate change. The ROK has been an excellent partner in helping Afghanistan stabilize. It has been an outstanding partner on global health and security issues. We talked about the leadership summit that we’ll be hosting at the end of this month on refugees, and the important contributions that the Republic of Korea are making.

    And let me just say that as I wrap up over the next several days my last trip to Asia, what a pleasure it’s been to work with President Park and her team. They have been steady, consistent partners, and President Park has been a stalwart ally and friend on a whole range of issues. And her steady and wise leadership I think has greatly contributed to the strengthening of what was already one of our most important alliances. So I want to thank her personally for the excellent contributions she’s made to advancing all the various issues that we’ve been working on. And I want to thank her team as well that worked very hard behind the scenes to make that happen.

    PRESIDENT PARK: Today, I met with President Obama and held fruitful discussions on how we will respond to the common challenges that confront both our nations. In particular, it was a pleasure to reconfirm that the Korea-U.S. alliance is stronger than ever, and is playing a pivotal role for the peace and stability of not only the Korean Peninsula, but the entire region.

    North Korea’s nuclear test earlier this year and continued missile launches are fundamentally threatening the security of both the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. I would like to make it clear that Korea and the U.S. will respond resolutely to any provocations by North Korea by utilizing all means..

    North Korea launched another -- missiles again yesterday. I send a stern warning that the continuation of such reckless provocations will lead North Korea down the path of self-destruction. I expressed my gratitude to President Obama once again for clearly expressing today the unwavering commitment of the U.S. for the defense of the Republic of Korea. President Obama and I have agreed to maintain a strong deterrence posture by enhancing our combined defense capabilities to include the deployment of the THAAD system.

    Next, the faithful implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2270 is vital to deterring North Korea’s advancement of its nuclear and missile capabilities, and it is meaningful that our two countries have been engaged in close cooperation in this regard. The United States and Korea have agreed to faithfully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, and further strengthen our efforts to seal the loopholes and sanctions implementation even more tightly. Taking into consideration the importance of China’s role in effective implementation of sanctions and the resolution process of the North Korean nuclear issue, our two countries have agreed to continue to communicate with China through various channels.

    Regarding the human rights situation of North Korean people, I would like to express my appreciation for the efforts made by many in the United States, both in and out of government. And I plan to further strengthen cooperation with the United States and the international community on the basis of our North Korean Human Rights Act, which entered into force on September 4th. The improvement of the human rights situation for North Korean people will be a critical stepping stone for our path toward unification, and unification will provide opportunities for North Korean people to be treated equally.

    Lastly, in order for the Korea-U.S. alliance to contribute to a greater peace and broader prosperity, the President and I have agreed to not only expand cooperation in new frontiers such as global health, climate change and space, but also expand our roles in areas such as refugees, peacekeeping operations and development cooperation. I find it meaningful that through our discussions today, I was able to confirm yet once again that the foundations of our bilateral relationship are rock-solid.

    I once again express my respect for President Obama, for the vision and leadership that he has shown for our alliance.

    END

    5:08 P.M. IC

Sources: Yahoo, Youtube, White House, UN, WSJ Live, Arirang News, CNN, Wikipedia
catch4all.com, October 2nd, 2016,

Location Decision of THAAD at
Lotte Skyhill Country Club in Seongju.

    Arirang New, Sep Kim Hyen Bin reports that Defense Minister Han Min-koo told lawmakers Friday that the THAAD battery will be stationed at the Lotte Skyhill Country Club in the northern part of Seongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.

    The decision was made after a survey of two other possible candidate locations.

    The golf course lies 296 kilometers southeast of Seoul and is around 680 meters above sea level.

    The location is far from residential areas, in response to Seongju residents' concerns about the potential health problems posed by THAAD's radar system.

    When the official announcement is made,... the deployment is still likely to face opposition from residents of the nearby town of Gimcheon who had threatened to protest if the golf course were selected.

    Another barrier the defense ministry faces is cost.

    The golf course is valued at over 90 million U.S. dollars, and the government will have to gain parliamentary approval for such a large budget outlay.

    THAAD is expected to be deployed to South Korea by the end of next year... to better protect against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

    North Korea Standardized Terrifying
    Nuclear warhead using with Ballistic Missile

      The DPRK's tested warheads that could fit on 'ballistic rockets' - North Korean media. North Korea claimed it had tested a “standardized” nuclear weapon to be mounted on ballistic rockets, during an announcement on Korean Central Television (KCTV) on Friday.

      Meanwhile North Korea Military making their military show off however, South Korea President Park will be ready with no time which U.S and UN will support back on in any situation in any time. South Korea All parties are working together even include THAAD launching in South Korea which North Korea ignors whatever regulations to apply for around the global evironmental issues and rules although nuclear has been destroying the earth whenever test is going in the small land what they have, the detonations effecting neighbors and all around like mudslide, earth quake, radiation to the generation to the generalion for defected human birth may be the case problem. The first Nuclear using in Hiroshima NUCLEAR automing bumb is a classic case to see as an example. DANGEROUS TO COPYING NUCLEAR WARHEAD WHAT USA DID IN DANGER CASE TO SAVE PEACE AROUND THE WORLD. EVEN LARGER LAND USA SEEKING HEALTH AND GREENENVIRONMENT WITHOUT ABUSING.

      South Korea's Defense Ministry released a tunnel map from captured footage by the North's official Korean Central Television. The Defense Ministry analyzed the map, which shows the tunnel on the western side of the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, where they think the second test was carried out. The tunnel is a one-kilometer (0.6-mile), one-way path, winding inwards and leading to the test pit. There are 10 gates in the path that are supposed to close, including the entrance, in order to block the hazardous radioactivity from the atomic test and absorb impact from the explosion. There are also three traps to collect debris. The pit at the end of the path is ground zero for the test. The 10 gates could possibly be made of strong steel or concrete to prevent radioactive emissions.

        SOUTH KOREA WORKING TOGETHER ALL PARTIES TO KEEP HOMELAND SAFE AND PEACE

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        Sources: Yahoo, Youtube, White House, UN, WSJ Live, Arirang News, AFP, CNN, Bloonberg, Google. Wikipedia, and Wikipedia
        catch4all.com, September 14th, 2016,

    The 5th and The Biggest Nuclear Test
    in North Korea
    After Nuclear Test on September 5, 2016

    Caused Detonation, Earthquake 5.3 on the EARTH

    President Barack Obama vows long term US engagement with Asia in a Historic Speech in Laos.
    He pledged enduring cooperation between the US and Asia in the speech in Laos.
    He also warned North Korea's government that its weapons tests would lead to increased isolation.
    .

    Statement by the President on North Korea's Nuclear Test

    For Immediate Release

    September 09, 2016

    The United States condemns North Korea's September 9 nuclear test in the strongest possible terms as a grave threat to regional security and to international peace and stability. North Korea stands out as the only country to have tested nuclear weapons this century. Today's test, North Korea's second this year, follows an unprecedented campaign of ballistic missile launches, which North Korea claims are intended to serve as delivery vehicles for nuclear weapons targeting the United States and our allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan. As Commander in Chief, I have a responsibility to safeguard the American people and ensure that the United States is leading the international community in responding to this threat and North Korea's other provocations with commensurate resolve and condemnation.

    To be clear, the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state. Far from achieving its stated national security and economic development goals, North Korea's provocative and destabilizing actions have instead served to isolate and impoverish its people through its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile capabilities. Today's nuclear test, a flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, makes clear North Korea's disregard for international norms and standards for behavior and demonstrates it has no interest in being a responsible member of the international community.

    Last night I returned from the G-20 and East Asia Summit meetings in Asia, where my counterparts and I were united in our call for North Korea to return to the path of denuclearization. Upon hearing the news of the test, I had the opportunity to consult separately via phone with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Park Geun-Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. We agreed to work with the UN Security Council, our other Six-Party partners, and the international community to vigorously implement existing measures imposed in previous resolutions, and to take additional significant steps, including new sanctions, to demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions. I restated to President Park and Prime Minister Abe the unshakable U.S. commitment to take necessary steps to defend our allies in the region, including through our deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery to the ROK, and the commitment to provide extended deterrence, guaranteed by the full spectrum of U.S. defense capabilities.

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    President Obama warned North Korea's government that its weapons tests would lead to increased isolation during Laos visit while his speech. President Barack Obama vows long term US engagement with Asia in a Historic Speech in Laos.
    He pledged enduring cooperation between the US and Asia in the speech in Laos.

      President Obama: POTUS Nuclear Security Summit Press Conference on April 2016

    .

      Secretary of General Ban Ki-Moon condemming North Korea's Nuclear tests

    On September 9th, 2016: Secretary of State, Ban, Kim Moon urged DPRK to refrain from further nuclear testing, and to join the 183 States Parties who have signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

    “I sincerely hope that this will serve as the final wake-up call to the international community to outlaw all nuclear testing by bringing the CTBT into force,” he said.

    10 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear test on 9 September and said it is a clear violation of repeated calls on the country to halt such activity.

    In a press statement issued late yesterday evening, after the Council held urgent consultations on the situation, the 15-member body underlined that the test is a clear violation and "in flagrant disregard" of Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013) and 2270 (2016), as well as of the non-proliferation regime.

    “Therefore a clear threat to international peace and security continues to exist,” the statement said.

    Furthermore, members the Council also recalled that they had previously expressed their determination to take further significant measures in the event of another DPRK nuclear test.

    UN report:

    31 August 2016 – The United Nations today spoke up for an early entry into force a global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground, with a senior official describing the treaty as a “low-hanging fruit.”

    “I urge Member States to do everything possible to facilitate a breakthrough,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a General Assembly meeting to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests in a message read on his behalf by the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Kim Won-soo.

    “We welcome any and all efforts to bring about a complete testing ban,” said Mr. Ban in the message.

    To date, 183 countries have signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and 164 have ratified it. For the treaty to enter into force, ratification is required from the so-called Annex 2 States. Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States, have yet to ratify it.

    In the message, the Secretary-General urged immediate action by the eight remaining Annex II countries.

    “Any one of them can and should be the first to ratify,” he said. “That will encourage others to follow suit and generate a cascade of benefits for the broader disarmament and non-proliferation agenda.”

    According to Youtube, DPRK news , the North Korea tested the 5th Nuclear test on September 5, 2016 which the North Korea still convincing that they had right to do the nuclear test.

    September 6th, 2016: Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano also spoke out against the test, calling it a “deeply troubling and regrettable act.”

    “This is in clear violation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions and in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community,” said Mr. Amano in a statement issued by IAEA.

    Recalling Security Council’s calls on DPRK to not conduct nuclear tests and to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, he urged the country “to fully implement all relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the IAEA.”

    However, CNN, Yahoo news, Arirang News, Bloonberg, The test was conducted and confirmed 9 September 2016 Morning, which is the 68th anniversary of the founding of North Korea.

    The media report, USGS shows that The government of North Korea conducted a nuclear detonation on September 9, 2016 at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, approximately 50 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Kilju City in Kilju County.

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    Kilchu is a county in North Hamgyong province, North Korea. The county seat is Kilju Town.The area around Kilju was part of the ancient Goguryeo kingdom, and was long inhabited by various Jurchen tribes. In 1107 it was annexed by Goryeo, who gave it its current name (meaning "province of good fortune"). Kilju was then placed into North Hamgyong, where it remains to this day. During the Japanese occupation, the county was used for manufacturing telecommunications equipment and electric insulation. The average annual temperature is 7.5 °C (-7.6 °C in January and 22.2 °C in August).

    Kilju is located in the southern part of North Hamgyong. It borders Myŏngch'ŏn on the east, Kimch'aek and Hwadae to the south, Myŏnggan (Hwasŏng) and Ŏrang to the north. To the west it borders Tanch'ŏn in South Hamgyŏng and Paegam in Ryanggang.

    Kilju stands at the junction of the Hamgyŏng Mountains and the Maryŏng Mountains, and its northwestern region is mountainous.

    According to News Inside: by Arirang News, dated On September 9th, 2016:President Park Geun-hye stated that "In order for Pyongyang to take the decision to abandon its nuclear program, it is important to give it a strong unified message." which was said at the Eastern Economic Forum on September 3rd, 2016 which is critical and devastrated around The World leaders and shares joint commitment against North Korea's nuclear and misscle program.

    We are Not sure, if North Korea is even afraid of China's leadership that China even joined UN in condemming North Korea ballistic missile tests and China also accepted UN Security Council press statement on North Korea.

    North Korea's previous nuclear test was conducted 8 months earlier in January 2016 and drew sharp international condemnations. Despite calls from China and Russia to return to the six-party talks, North Korea maintained its nuclear and missile ambitions:

    On 22 June 2016, North Korea successfully launched its land-based medium-range missile Hwasong-10 to an altitude of 1,413.7 kilometres (878.4 mi) and a range of 400 kilometres (250 mi). The missile test demonstrates that the missile's range could be as far as about 3500 km.

    Even though some experts are skeptical about whether Hwasong-10 has the capability to deliver the warhead to the US Guam military base at the configuration used in this test, they agreed that Guam is in the range if the weight of the warhead can be reduced from 650 kg to less than 500 kg.

    On 24 August 2016, North Korea successfully launched its submarine-launched ballistic missile Pukkuksong-1 into Japan's Air Defense Identification Zone with a 500 kilometres (310 mi) range and similar altitude. Using a more reliable cold launch technology and solid-fuel rocket, North Korea is developing its technology towards having a second-strike deterrence. The test was the first time North Korea was able to develop a solid fuel rocket. It had previously been assumed that North Korea was only able to develop liquid fuel missile, as evidenced of Rodong-1.

    The United States and South Korean biannual joint military exercise—Foal Eagle in February until April and Ulchi-Freedom Guardian in August until September—concluded on 2 September 2016. North Korea regularly raised strong objections to the drills because it interprets the drills as "hostile forces are preparing for an invasion into North Korea".

    On 5 September 2016, North Korea fired three consecutive Rodong-1 missiles with high accuracy. This marked the Rodong-1 as a credible and matured missile suitable for operational deployment since its first successful launch in 1993. The United Nations Council condemned North Korea's missile launches, to which North Korea has vowed for 'new measures' as a response.

    The test was conducted on 9 September 2016, which is the 68th anniversary of the founding of North Korea.

    On September 9th, 2016 9 September 2016 – Strongly condemning another underground nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call on the leadership of the country to reverse its course and commit to a path of denuclearization.

    “This is yet another brazen breach of the resolutions of the Security Council,” underlined the Secretary-General, in his remarks to the press at the UN Headquarters today.

    Sources: Yahoo, Youtube, White House, UN, WSJ Live, Arirang News, AFP, CNN, Bloonberg, Google. Wikipedia, and Wikipedia
    catch4all.com, Sandra Englund, 9-6-2016 Rev. September 11th, 2016,

      Republic of Korea and the United States
      Make Alliance Decision to Deploy THAAD
      to Korea Press Operations

    According to DOD News Release No: NR-254-16 July 7, 2016

    North Korea's nuclear test and multiple ballistic missile tests, including the recent intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) launches, highlight the grave threat that North Korea poses to the security and stability of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the entire Asia-Pacific region.

    In response to the evolving threat posed by North Korea, the United States and the ROK have been conducting formal consultations regarding the feasibility of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery operated by U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) since early February, as a measure to improve the missile defense posture of the ROK-U.S. alliance.

    Based on these consultations, the ROK and the United States made an alliance decision to deploy THAAD to USFK as a defensive measure to ensure the security of the ROK and its people, and to protect alliance military forces from North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile threats.

    Through the past months of review, the ROK-U.S. Joint Working Group confirmed the military effectiveness of THAAD on the Korean Peninsula and is in the final stage of preparing its recommendation for both the ROK minister of national defense and the U.S. secretary of defense regarding the optimal site in the Republic of Korea for the system's effectiveness and for environmental, health, and safety requirements.

    The ROK and the United States are working closely to ensure the swift deployment of THAAD and will develop specific operational procedures.

    When the THAAD system is deployed to the Korean Peninsula, it will be focused solely on North Korean nuclear and missile threats and would not be directed towards any third party nations. The THAAD deployment will contribute to a layered missile defense that will enhance the alliance's existing missile defense capabilities against North Korean missile threats.

    .

    S. Korea, U.S. confirm THAAD deployment
    to Korean peninsula

    Arirang News July 6th, 2016: South Korea and the United States have confirmed that the U.S. missile defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD WILL be deployed to the Korean Peninsula.

    The decision follows months of negotiations between the two allies.

    THAAD is designed to take down incoming North Korean missil which is to protect South Korea citizens and U.S. Forces Korea from North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, the two allies have decided to deploy THAAD to the Korean Peninsula."

    The deputy minister added that the goal is to deploy THAAD to the Korean peninsula before the end of 2017.

    A joint working group has been working on that since February.

    Now that the decision to bring THAAD here has been finalized,... the group will focus all of its attention on finding a suitable location.

    Here's U.S. Army commander Thomas Vandal on that:

    "This decision is an important milestone but there is a lot of work to do. We will endeavor to identify a suitable site in the Republic of Korea that offers the greatest military effectiveness for THAAD and meets environmental health and safety standards."

    South Korea's defense ministry says they are in the final stages of making the decision, and will make an announcement within a couple of weeks at the latest.

    Experts have suggested either Chilgok in Gyeongsangbuk-do province, as it could cover U.S. bases in Daegu and most of the South Korean peninsula,... or Pyeongtaek in Gyeonggi-do province..

    Sources: Yahoo, Youtube, Arirang News, Google. Wikipedia, and DOD
    catch4all.com, Sandra Englund, July 11,-2016 Rev. Nov. 28, 2016,

    Nuclear Summit on North Korea NUC Crisis
    Washington DC,
    March 31st, 2016:
    U.S. ROK, Japan and China

 

The fourth summit was held in Washington, D.C. on March 31-April 1, 2016, The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit was a summit held in Washington, D.C., United States on March 31 and April 1, 2016. It was the fourth edition of the conference, succeeding the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C. which had 58 representatives The first summit was held in Washington, D.C., United States, on April 12–13, 2010. The second summit was held in Seoul, South Korea, in 2012. The third summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 24–25, 2014.

President Obama had special meeting in regards of North Korea Nuclear Crisis with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and later had meeting with Chinese President, Xi Jinping.

Leaders of more than 50 nations gathered in Washington, D.C., for the fourth summit. Leaders include Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President François Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Russia informed Washington in mid October it will not attend the summit. President Obama hosted President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China for a bilateral meeting on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit on March 31, 2016.

Accoriding to Wochit News, WSJ Live, and Fox News, dated March 31, 2016:

The annual Nuclear Security Summit was given on Thursday in Washington which The increasingly heated provocations from North Korea emerged as a centerpiece of the nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC.

President Obama is hosting a series of meetings with the leaders of several Asian nations to talk about efforts to prevent North Korea from becoming a bigger nuclear threat. The summit is aimed at reducing the world's nuclear weapons. Vladimir Putin abstained from the summit saying he doesn't want to be part of any talks led by the United States. President Obama said their two countries remain committed to completing an agreement to continue lowering their Cold War-era nuclear arsenals. The US and Russian missiles make up about 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, Chinese President XI Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama, pledged increased cooperation on North Korea.

WJS Live reported on April 1st that President Obama addressed the threat of terrorism and global nuclear proliferation at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. On Friday, noting the progress achieved since the last summit six years ago.

According to Yahoo news, dated April 1, 2016:

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea and tried to jam GPS navigation signals in South Korea on Friday, Seoul officials said, hours after U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders pledged to work closer together to prevent North Korea from advancing its nuclear and missile programs.

Officials said the attempt to jam GPS signals, which began Thursday, did not cause any major disruptions of South Korean military, aviation and sea transport and telecommunication systems. However, more than 130 fishing boats reported problems with their navigation systems and some were forced to return to their ports, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said.

South Korea's Defense Ministry called the jamming attempt a provocation that threatened public safety and military operations in the South. A ministry statement warned North Korea to immediately stop the jamming efforts or face unspecified consequences.

South Korea has blamed North Korea for several previous jamming attempts. This week's jamming signals are the first since 2012, according to South Korea's Science Ministry. North Korean state media had no immediate comment.

North Korea also fired a surface-to-air missile off its east coast on Friday, three days after it launched a projectile that hit land in its northeast, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said without elaborating.

North Korea has launched a number of short-range missiles and other projectiles since the start last month of annual South Korea-U.S. military drills it views as a rehearsal for an invasion. It also has repeated threats of nuclear strikes on Seoul and Washington and warned it will test a nuclear warhead and ballistic missiles capable of carrying it.

This year's drills, set to run until late this month, are the biggest ever and come after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and long-range rocket launch earlier this year.

In Washington, President Barack Obama met Thursday with the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss ways of countering North Korea's nuclear threat. Obama also met Chinese President Xi Jinping and both called for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. China also agreed to fully implement recent economic restrictions imposed by the U.N. Security Council against North Korea. The Asian leaders are in Washington for a two-day nuclear summit that opens Friday.

According to the White House Immediate Release, on Marh 16, 2016, Statement by the Press Secretary on the Executive Order Entitled "Blocking Property of the Government of North Korea and the Workers' Party of Korea, and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to North Korea” which the President issued an executive order imposing robust new sanctions on North Korea. This E.O. is part of our response to North Korea’s January 6 nuclear test and February 7 launch using ballistic missile technology, and it enables U.S. implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2270 and the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016.

These actions are consistent with our longstanding commitment to apply sustained pressure on the North Korean regime. The U.S. and the global community will not tolerate North Korea’s illicit nuclear and ballistic missile activities, and we will continue to impose costs on North Korea until it comes into compliance with its international obligations.

BLOCKING PROPERTY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NORTH KOREA

AND THE WORKERS' PARTY OF KOREA, AND PROHIBITING CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO NORTH KOREA

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2016

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (22 U.S.C. 287c) (UNPA), the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-122), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and in view of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2270 of March 2, 2016,

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the Government of North Korea's continuing pursuit of its nuclear and missile programs, as evidenced most recently by its February 7, 2016, launch using ballistic missile technology and its January 6, 2016, nuclear test in violation of its obligations pursuant to numerous UNSCRs and in contravention of its commitments under the September 19, 2005, Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks, increasingly imperils the United States and its allies. To address those actions, and to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466 of June 26, 2008, as modified in scope and relied upon for additional steps in subsequent Executive Orders, I hereby order:

Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the Government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order or pursuant to the export control authorities implemented by the Department of Commerce, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order.

Sec. 2. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

(i) to operate in any industry in the North Korean economy as may be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to zbe subject to this subsection, such as transportation, mining, energy, or financial services;

(ii) to have sold, supplied, transferred, or purchased, directly or indirectly, to or from North Korea or any person acting for or on behalf of the Government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea, metal, graphite, coal, or software, where any revenue or goods received may benefit the Government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea, including North Korea's nuclear or ballistic missile programs;

(iii) to have engaged in, facilitated, or been responsible for an abuse or violation of human rights by the Government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea or any person acting for or on behalf of either such entity;

(iv) to have engaged in, facilitated, or been responsible for the exportation of workers from North Korea, including exportation to generate revenue for the Government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea;

(v) to have engaged in significant activities undermining cybersecurity through the use of computer networks or systems against targets outside of North Korea on behalf of the Government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea;

(vi) to have engaged in, facilitated, or been responsible for censorship by the Government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea;

(vii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order;

(viii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(ix) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in subsections (a)(i)-(viii) of this section.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order. The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section are in addition to export control authorities implemented by the Department of Commerce.

Sec. 3. (a) The following are prohibited:

(i) the exportation or reexportation, direct or indirect, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any goods, services, or technology to North Korea;

(ii) new investment in North Korea by a United States person, wherever located; and

(iii) any approval, financing, facilitation, or guarantee by a United States person, wherever located, of a transaction by a foreign person where the transaction by that foreign person would be prohibited by this section if performed by a United States person or within the United States.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order or pursuant to the export control authorities implemented by the Department of Commerce, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order.

Sec. 4. I hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsection 2(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of such persons. Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).

Sec. 5. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the type of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1 or 2 of this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by sections 1 and 2 of this order.

Sec. 6. The prohibitions in sections 1 and 2 of this order include but are not limited to:

(a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

(b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 7. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited

Sec. 8. Nothing in this order shall prohibit transactions for the conduct of the official business of the Federal Government or the United Nations (including its specialized agencies, programmes, funds, and related organizations) by employees, grantees, or contractors thereof.

Sec. 9. For the purposes of this order

(a) the term "person" means an individual or entity;

(b) the term "entity" means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

(c) the term "United States person" means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States; and

(d) the term "Government of North Korea" means the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and its agencies, instrumentalities, and controlled entities.

Sec. 10. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 or 2 of this order.

Sec. 11. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA and the UNPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States Government consistent with applicable law. All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.

Sec. 12. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 13. This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on March 16, 2016.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,

March 15, 2016.

The Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) is a world summit, aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism around the globe. The first summit was held in Washington, D.C., United States, on April 12–13, 2010. The second summit was held in Seoul, South Korea, in 2012. The third summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 24–25, 2014. The fourth summit was held in Washington, D.C. on March 31-April 1, 2016.

The Fourth Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) made important progress toward the broader vision I outlined in Prague. First, we’re taking concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons. The United States and Russia remain on track to meet our New START Treaty obligations so that by 2018 the number of deployed American and Russian nuclear warheads will be at their lowest levels since the 1950s. Even as the United States maintains a safe, secure and effective nuclear arsenal to deter any adversary and ensure the security of our allies, I’ve reduced the number and role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy. I also have ruled out developing new nuclear warheads and narrowed the contingencies under which the United States would ever use or threaten to use nuclear weapons. Second, we’re strengthening the global regime — including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty — that prevents the spread of nuclear weapons. We’ve succeeded in uniting the international community against the spread of nuclear weapons, notably in Iran. A nuclear-armed Iran would have constituted an unacceptable threat to our national security and that of our allies and partners. It could have triggered a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and begun to unravel the global nonproliferation regime.

After Iran initially rejected a diplomatic solution, the United States mobilized the international community to impose sanctions on Iran, demonstrating that nations that fail to meet their nuclear obligations will face consequences. After intense negotiations, Iran agreed to a nuclear deal that closes every single one of its paths to a nuclear weapon, and Iran is now being subjected to the most comprehensive inspection regimen ever negotiated to monitor a nuclear program. In other words, under this deal, the world has prevented yet another nation from getting a nuclear bomb. And we’ll remain vigilant to ensure that Iran fulfills its commitments.

Third, we’re pursuing a new framework for civil nuclear cooperation so countries that meet their responsibilities can have access to peaceful nuclear energy. The international fuel bank that I called for seven years ago is now being built in Kazakhstan. With it, countries will be able to realize the energy they seek without enriching uranium, which could be at risk of diversion or theft.

More details that you can see with this link

    Sources: CCTV, FOX, KRT, Getty Image, WJS Live, Yahoo, Youtube, Wochit News, NSS2016, wikipedia and White House
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    South Korea - U.S Biggest Millitary Drill Ever

    North Korea Launches Ballistic Missiles
    on March 18, 2016.

According to CNN, Fox and Yahoo, News dated March 18th, 2016: CNN)North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles off the west coast of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean military and U.S. defense officials said Friday. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said that one ballistic missile flew a distance of 800 kilometers overland toward the sea off the country's east coast, while a second projectile, assumed to be a missile, was detected by radar but disappeared at an altitude of about 17 kilometers.

The military said it was closely tracking and monitoring the situation and maintaining a readiness posture for any North Korean provocation.

U.S. official confirmed the launch, with a U.S. defense official telling CNN that it tracked two ballistic missiles. The launch came around 5:55 a.m. local time, near Sukchon county, South Pyongan province, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

It comes one week after North Korea fired two missiles from North Hwanghae province, south of Pyongyang, toward the sea east of the Korean Peninsula. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned North Korea's actions and called on the country "to exercise self-restraint." He said Japan would take "precautionary measures," including surveillance.

According to Pohang, South Korea (CNN) dated March 12, 2016 — The carefully choreographed drill begins a much larger, eight-week series of annual joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea. They take place against a backdrop of growing tension and missile tests just across the Demilitarized Zone in North Korea. South Korea's defense ministry spokesman is calling the maneuvers "the largest scale ever," involving 300,000 South Korean troops and at least 17,000 from the U.S. Small detachments of forces from Australia and New Zealand also participated in Saturday's operations.

According to nbc news, dated March 7th, 2016:

North Korea Threatens U.S. with nuclear strike over war games.

"North Korea issued another threat...warning of an indiscriminate 'pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice' on Washington and Seoul, this time in reaction to the start of huge U.S.-South Korean military drills."

According to the guardian.com, Russia warns north Korea over threats of nuclear strike:

"Russia has warned North Korea that threats to deliver 'preventive nuclear strikes' could create a legal basis for the use of military force against the country,...".

The following icons showing the biggest military drill ever which is not all the drill were included in this view although you can see how big this Military Drill was and serious !

 

Sources:Yahoo, Wikipedia, Youtube,,Arirang News, YTN, WSJ live, USA Today, CNN

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Media shows that North Korea has been propagating to separating with US and Korea to seeking the weekening South Korea although, it is the fact that US-Korea relationship is bonded and even Korea's defense is stronger than ever as US Korea has been strengthening security support even further global security will be the stronger than ever....as the zero tolerance of North Korea Nuclear Arms which is strengthen alliance for North Korean nuclear weapons. Both leaders agreed that the international community would respond strongly and both Presidents reaffirmed that the Korea-U.S. defense capabilities are solid and will be further concrete.

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