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North Korea ICBM Hwasong-14 Tested on July 4th, 2017 Successfully. Launched
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According to U.S. Department of Defense, Pacom Detects, Tracks North Korean Missile Launch

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii, July 4, 2017 — U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what they assessed was a North Korean missile launch at 2:40 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time yesterday, Pacom officials said in a statement.

The single launch of a land-based, intermediate-range ballistic missile occurred near Panghyon Airfield, North Korea, the statement said.

The missile was tracked for 37 minutes and landed in the Sea of Japan, the statement said.

"We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment.  We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely. U.S. Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan," the officials said.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, the statement said.

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ICBM variant with second stage added and smaller reentry vehicle was fired on a lofted trajectory with apogee of 2,802 km (1,741 mi), landing 933 km (580 mi) away in the Sea of Japan which was traveled 37 minutes long before landed Sea of Japan which is Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The Hwasong-14, which has an alternative name, KN-14, in intelligence communities outside North Korea, is a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile developed by North Korea. This missile was first paraded on October, 10, 2015 but remained untested until its maiden flight on 4 July 2017 when it was deployed in "celebration" of America's independence holiday which is designed similar to the KN-08, the design of the Hwasong-14 appears to come from the Soviet-era R-27/SS-N-6 missiles. This seemed to be confirmed during the liquid-fueled engine test on April 9, 2016.

While there is no video footage, images released of the test appear to show a pair of clustered 4D10 engines, which are used on the R-27. The images display the engines, embedded within a fuel tank fitted for an ICBM, spitting out bright orange exhaust, which is indicative of a highly efficient fuel called unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine (UDMH). The use of such fuel increases Hwasong-14’s range to up to 6,700 km (4,200 mi).

However, it is international threatening.  According to US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS 38 North Site reported that a single test cannot demonstrate a missile’s reliability. And it isn’t just the missile’s reliability that needs to be demonstrated. The launch crews will need to demonstrate that they can reliably launch the missile on short notice, under combat conditions and possibly with US or South Korean missiles already on the way. They will need to train and practice operating the missile’s transporter and associated support systems at remote sites and conduct very hazardous propellant loading operations without the facilities of a missile test range. Having done this with some degree of success, once, under ideal conditions, doesn’t mean they can do it in the middle of a war tomorrow.

http://www.38north.org/2016/04/schilling041116/

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Arirang News Kim Hyo-sun: The Pentagon says the missile launched by North Korea is a new type of ICBM.

The Pentagon says the missile launched by North Korea is a new type of ICBM.

It also confirmed that the ICBM was equipped with a re-entry vehicle and was launched from a mobile launcher.

What's interesting is that Washington's assessment is quite different to what South Korea's defense chief has been saying.

Kim Hyo-sun reports. The U.S. Defense Department says the missile North Korea test fired this week is one Washington has never before seen used by the regime.

Spokesman Jeff Davis confirmed that the Hwasong-14 is indeed a new kind of intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of traveling over five-thousand-six-hundred kilometers.

He also explained that the missile contained a re-entry vehicle and was fired from a new mobile launcher.

This is slightly different from what South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo said at a parliamentary briefing in Seoul this week.

While stating the regime had test fired a new ICBM,  Minister Han said he couldn't confirm whether the missile was capable of re-entry, stressing that it was still too early to conclude that the North had successfully developed an ICBM.

Minister Han also warned that Pyongyang is likely to conduct another nuclear test soon.

Although no unusual activities have been detected, Pyongyang remains on a footing where it can test a nuclear device at any given moment, given that it has a track record of conducting nuke tests after missile launches.

AP reported that North Korean missile advances put new stress on US defenses reported By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer:  WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's newly demonstrated missile muscle puts Alaska within range of potential attack and stresses the Pentagon's missile defenses like never before. Even more worrisome, it may be only a matter of time before North Korea mates an even longer-range ICBM with a nuclear warhead, putting all of the United States at risk.

Thornberry's committee voted last week to provide about $12.5 billion for missile defense in the 2018 fiscal year that begins in October, nearly $2.5 billion more than Trump's request. The Senate Armed Services Committee also called for millions more than Trump requested. The full House and Senate are expected to consider the committees' legislation, and the boost in missile defense money, later this month.  Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann and Richard Lardner contributed to this report. (Search)

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U.S. Department announced that North Korea Tested New type of ICBM, Hwasong-14 ballistic missile  4,200 ml:  6,700 km on July 4th 2017. Current reports of North Korea’s July 4 missile test say the missile had a range of “more that 930 km” (580 miles), and flew for 37 minutes (according to US Pacific Command).  A missile of that range would need to fly on a very highly lofted trajectory to have such a long flight time.  Assuming a range of 950 km, then a flight time of 37 minutes would require it to reach a maximum altitude of more than 2,800 km (1700 miles).

So if the reports are correct, that same missile could reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700 km (4,160 miles) on a standard trajectory.  That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska.

There is not enough information yet to determine whether this launch could be done with a modified version of the Hwasong-12 missile that was launched on May 14.

South Korea will ACT accordingly, on new ICBM from North Korea GONEWS.

Trump responded via twitter right away as soon as received information about North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in waters east of the Korean peninsula.

According to its state broadcast, Korea Central Television (KCTV), Tuesday morning's test, which was conducted on the orders of the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, reached a height of 2,802 kilometers (1,741 miles), and it was an historic successful launch of an ICBM.

The missile, referred to as Hwasong-14 on state TV, flew into waters east of the Korean Peninsula and may have landed in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone, which extends 200 nautical miles from its coastline, according to a Japanese defense official.

N.KOREA CLAIMED HISTORIC SUCCESS OF FIRST ICBM LAUNCH

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CNN reports:  North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in waters east of the Korean peninsula.

N Korea says it successfully fired new ICBM:  PressTV News Videos

North Korea says it has successfully test-fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The launch was overseen by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang says the Hwasong-14 missile flew over 900 kilometers before hitting its target precisely. The missile was fired from a site in North Phyongan province and landed in the Sea of Japan. The North also said its missiles are now capable of striking anywhere in the world. The launch has drawn strong reactions from South Korea and Japan.

 

According to UN

4 July 2017

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the terrorist attacks in Damascus

We condemn the terrorist attacks in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday. We are appalled by the utter disregard for human life displayed by the perpetrators. We express our condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks and wish those injured a speedy recovery. Those responsible for the attacks must be held accountable.

4 July 2017

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 4 July 2017.

This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation. The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations.

The Secretary-General underlines the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge.

Breaking News, N. Korea’s Missile Launch landed in Japan’s Economic Exclusive Zone.

Youtube Mania.

 

Meanwhile, it should be prevented global dangers might happen and must earlier stage preventing as denuclearization earlier as soon as possible stage before it’s too late.  Looks like North Korea does not fear any circumstances what they do if any land might have destroyed and attacking any countries or killing human lives.

North Korea must know that Americans do like to celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display, but a test flight of an intercontinental ballistic is not the way celebrating which the ICBM will cause harmin

g to the human and earth and destroying the earth even killing many people. ICBM testing is not the fireworks.  No wonder North Korea and China has been greatly against with THAAD.  THAAD PREVENTS, ICBM LAUNCH AND PROTECTING HUMAN LIVES.  

Is world wants destroy the earth? Why this is not preventing for Danger ICBM and waiting to complete the nuclear warhead to creating by North Korea?

North Korea Does not seems care for weather long time Sections given by UN or Jim Mattis,  U.S. Defense Secretary’s warning of Overwhelming and effective American response when any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons from North Korea.  Also, North Korea does not seemed care of China and Russia’s advise.

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Healthy Young Man Otto Warmbier came back U.S. Homeland on
June 13, 2017

with Extensive Brain Damaged and Coma

Brutal Regime of NK's Murder

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Passing of Otto Warmbier

 

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
For Immediate Release

 

 

June 19th, 2017

Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing.  There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.

Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.  The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.

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According to White House, Immediate release, June, 19, 2017: President Trump was saddend about Otto Warmbier and passed on word during  Roundtable with the American Technology Council Meeting. He stated that "I just anted to pass on word -- Otto Warmbier has just passed away.  He spent a year and a half in North Korea.  A lot of bad things happened.  But at least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him, even though he was in very tough condition.  But he just passed away a little while ago.  It’s a brutal regime, and we’ll be able to handle it." More detaile you may click to view.

According to White House, President has spoken very clearly about how he the first lady and our country feels about the loss of this American and meanwhile, President  will continue to apply economic and political pressure And try to continue to work with our allies which we had positive movement on China over the past five months with this administration will continue to work with them and others to put the appropriate pressure on North Korea to change this behavior and in this regime it troubled him deeply.

Youtupe Mania shows that U.S. Hold N.Korea Accountable For The Death Of Otto Warmbier - Good Briefing Published on Jun 20, 2017.

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Meanwhile, US flies supersonic B-1B bomber show of force mission against Kim Jong Un's North Korea after death of American student Otto Warmbier.

 

United States WARNS North Korea over Otto Warmbier Death

During Otto,  his imprisonment, he fell into coma as a result of botulism, according to the North Korean authorities. He was sent back to the US last Tuesday on humanitarian grounds,  Beaten and Terrorized, Otto Warmbier Returns in a Coma from N Korean Captivity:

 

On June 15, 2017, physicians at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center stated that Warmbier had suffered extensive brain damage, which is consistent with a cardiopulmonary event rather than a head injury, and there was no sign of physical abuse.

 

Warmbier's father held a press conference that day, but declined to answer a reporter's question as to whether or not the neurological injury was caused by an assault, saying he would let the doctors make that determination. He stated that they did not believe anything the North Koreans had told them.

Neurologist Daniel Kanter, director of the neurocritical care program at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said in a press conference on June 15 that the 22-year-old Warmbier was in "a state of unresponsive wakefulness"—a condition commonly known as persistent vegetative state. He was able to breathe on his own, and blink his eyes, but otherwise did not respond to his environment. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed he had suffered extensive loss of brain tissue throughout his brain.

 

Kanter stated that Warmbier's brain injury was typical of a cardiac arrest that caused the brain to be denied oxygen. Doctors also said that they did not find any evidence of physical abuse or torture; scans of Warmbier's neck and head were normal outside of the brain injury.

 Doctors said they did not know what caused the cardiac arrest, but that it could have been triggered by a respiratory arrest.

Brandon Foreman, a neurointensive care specialist at the hospital, confirmed that there was no sign of a current or past case of botulism, which can cause paralysis but not a coma.

Some medical records from North Korea were sent back with Warmbier, revealing he had been in this state since April 2016, one month after his conviction. Fred Warmbier expressed anger at the North Koreans for his son's condition, saying, "There is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret, and denied him top-notch medical care for so long."

Warmbier died on June 19, 2017 at the hospital.

 His family issued a statement expressing their sadness, thanking the hospital staff, and condemning North Korea for their actions.

Otto Warmbier, imprisoned in North Korea, dies in U.S.: June 19, 2017:  USAToday news.

 

NWBoxing 247 reported that:  Otto, He was  released more than 17 months after being detained by North Korean authorities for alleged anti state activity But at least we got him home to be with his at least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him, even though he was in very tough condition.  But he just passed away a little while ago.  It’s a brutal regime, and we’ll be able to handle it (president Donald Trump).  According to Wocht, and AP:  dated June 20th, 2017,  News:  South Korea President Moon Jae-in stated that North Korea must bear heavy responsibility for the death of a 22 year old U.S. college student.  His parents said they learned only a week earlier that their son had Been in a coma since he was last seen in public in March 2016.

The University of Virginia student had gone to North Korea as a tourist and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor after tearfully confessing he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.  Warmbier’s family thanked the University of Cincinnati Medical Center saying quote “Unfortunately the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.”

President Trump calls Otto Warmbier’s death “TOTAL DISCRESS” what happened to Otto should never ever be allowed to happen and frankly if he brought home sooner, I think the result would have been a lot different he should have been sent home that same day and resolved would have been a lot different but what happened to Otto is a disgrace and President Trump spoke with his family, his family is incredible what they’ve gone through but, he should have been brought home a long ago.thank you all very much

AP:  public funeral will be held for U.S. College student Otto Warmier who passed a way on Monday had been held in a North Korean detention after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor  after attempting to steal a propaganda poster from Pyong Yang Hotel last the incident has added increased drained to an already faltering relationship between U.S. and North Korea.

Published on Jun 17, 2017:  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought the hammer down on North Korea during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Tuesday. Tillerson said the United States is considering imposing sanctions on countries that do trade with North Korea.

Published on Jun 15, 2017:  Although Otto Warmbier was finally reunited with his family after 17 months of imprisonment in North Korea, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center say he sustained an 'extensive loss of brain tissue' while overseas and has little or not conscious awareness of the world around him. The United States still has no reliable information about what really happened to him in North Korea.

Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old American college student, has been medically evacuated under desperate circumstances after being detained in North Korea. North Korean authorities arrested Otto, who is now comatose, almost 18 months ago during a trip to the reclusive nation and sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor for taking a poster.

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ROK President Moon Jae-In First visit to U.S. Base in Seoul

Stronger Korea-U.S. Alliance

June 13th, 2017

YONGSAN, Republic of Korea -- Commander of the Combined Forces Command Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and Deputy Commander, Gen. Leem Ho-young meet with newly elected Republic of Korea President Moon, Jae-in’s first official visit at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Republic of Korea, June 13, 2017.

Arirang News reports that For the first time since taking office last month, President Moon Jae-in visited the headquarters of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command in Yongsan.

Meeting with General Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea and other service members, Moon thanked them for their hard work in deterring aggression from up North of the border. President Moon Jae-In stated during his first visit to Yongsan, U.S. Base, that "We need to further strengthen the South Korea-U.S. alliance and maintain our defense posture.

At the same time, we need to work to fully equip South Korea with a missile defense system at an early date to defend against North Korea's nuclear missiles." .

In response, General Brooks also ephasized the importance of the Seoul-Washington alliance in countering North Korea's military threats. .

 

According to Yonhap news Agency, SEOUL, June 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday Seoul is willing to hold talks with North Korea if it stops further nuclear and missile provocations.

In his message to mark the 17th anniversary of the historic inter-Korean summit in 2000, he said Seoul remains ready for comprehensive talks on lasting peace on the peninsula if the North gives up its nuclear programs.

"We will be able to comprehensively discuss complete dismantlement of North Korean nukes and the establishment of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, as well as normalization of North Korea-U.S. relations," he said.

He noted North Korea has recently called for Seoul to honor and implement inter-Korean summit agreements reached on June 15, 2000, and Oct. 4, 2007.

"But it is North Korea that is saying one thing and doing another, as seen in its continued development of nuclear weapons and missiles," Moon added.

The president made the remarks at a ceremony marking the 2000 summit which was held in Pyongyang on June 13-15 between the late former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and his late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

President Moon said his country was ready and willing to resume its dialogue with the North as soon as it abandons its nuclear ambitions.

"I make it clear that if North Korea stops making additional nuclear and missile provocations, we can come to dialogue with North Korea without conditions," he said.

The North has carried out five missile tests since the Moon Jae-in administration came into office on May 10.

"North Korea's nuclear and missile development has become a serious concern that threatens peace and stability in the region and the international community," Moon told the annual ceremony marking the first-ever inter-Korean summit, according to a script of his speech released by the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

"I use this opportunity to once again urge the North. North Korea must give up its nuclear development and find ways to work with the international community.

"North Korea's decision to give up nuclear weapons will be a symbol showing its determination to implement what has been agreed between the South and the North," he added.

He also offered to help improve the North's relations with the United States.

"I urge North Korea to act. I am willing to put our knees and heads together and discuss how we will implement the existing agreements between the South and the North," the president said: bdk@yna.co.kr

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According to Arirang News dated June 13, 2017:  Suspected N. Korean drone spied on THAAD site: S. Korean militaryLast week Seoul's military recovered a drone that crashed in Gangwon-do Province which tells that North Korea made marked improvements in drone technology, and the regime wanted to use the vehicle to take pictures of the THAAD anti-missile battery.

Arirang Kim Hyun-bin reported that The South Korean military has retrieved hundreds of photos from a suspected North Korean drone found last week near the inter-Korean border.  The unmanned aerial vehicle was equipped with a Sony-made camera with a 64 gigabyte memory chip.

Stored on the chip were ten photos of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD stationed some 270 kilometers from the inter-Korean border.

This is the first time a drone has been used to take pictures of the THAAD site.

Officials say the drone flew at an altitude of under three kilometers, and while the resolution of the photos are low, if enlarged they do show two THAAD launchers and its radar.

The drone is believed to have been sent out on its mission not long after THAAD was deployed on April 26th, but it fell to the ground on the way back after it ran out of power.  The drone is similar in size and shape to the drone North Korea sent in March of 2014 to Baengnyeongdo Island on the western sea border which was estimated to have flown some 300 hundred kilometers.

However, the most recent drone appears to have some major improvements. It used a duel engine and is estimated to have flown some 600 kilometers.

Military experts say that the South Korean government needs to come up with efficient counter measures to deal with the drone problem, which poses a grave threat to the country. “North Korea's drones are small, so they're hard to detect with our existing radar. And if loaded with chemical weapons or explosives, they could be deadly.” "The South Korean military is speeding up the development of low-altitude radar and drone targeting systems and plans to put them in place within the next three years to better cope with those threats."

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South Korea Suspends THAAD? North Korea fires another Ballistic missile on June 7th, 2017(Korea Time), North Korea More Active Ballistic Missile Tests and Easier Target to ROK and More Vulnerable!! Kim Jong Un Guides Test-fire of New Ground-to-Sea Cruise Rocket

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Pyongyang, June 9 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-fire of new-type ground-to-sea cruise rocket developed by the Academy of National Defence Science.

This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships attempting at military attack on the DPRK from the ground at will.

The test-fire was aimed to confirm its tactical and engineering data and technical specifications and verify the combat application efficiency of the overall weapon system, including the rocket and caterpillar self-propelled launching pad vehicle.

At the observation post, Kim Jong Un learned about the tactical and engineering data of the rocket and ordered the start of its test-fire.

The launched cruise rockets accurately detected and hit the floating targets on the East Sea of Korea after making circular flights.

The test-fire verified such specifications as separation of rocket from the tube of caterpillar self-propelled launching pad vehicle, start-up of engines and rapid admission into zero-feet flight. And it examined the flying safety under the zero-feet long-distance cruise flight system, mobility in various flying courses, target capture and guidance accuracy of the composite guided head, identification ability and sharp transition to altitude at the time of advance into the target.

During the launching preparation process, such specifications were also examined and confirmed as the mobility and entry into combatant position of newly-developed caterpillar self-propelled launching pad vehicle, rapid firing preparation and reliability of operation of the launching and controlling systems.

Kim Jong Un highly appreciated the officials, scientists and technicians of the academy for having successfully developed and test-fired the new-type ground-to-sea cruise rocket to which the Party attaches importance.

Accompanying him were Hwang Pyong So, Ri Pyong Chol, Ri Yong Gil, Kim Jong Sik and Jong Sung Il. -0-

North Korea says it has tested new anti-ship missile

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Meanwhile, Pentagon Released A Detailed Footage of Its Last Successful ICBM Interceptor Test

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Breaking South Korea ends THAAD missile defense system agreement with USA June 8 2017

South Korea suspends deployment of THAAD American missile defence system

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On June 7, Fox News alerted Breaking news that South Korea ends missile defense system agreement.

Breaking News TV reports that North Korea says it has tested new anti-ship missile

According to Wall street Journal on June 8, 2017

SEOUL—North Korea fired multiple cruise missiles into the waters between Korea and Japan on Thursday morning, a day after Seoul said it would suspend any further deployment of a controversial missile-defense system to conduct an environmental review.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said they were likely antiship missiles fired from near the city of Wonsan on North Korea’s east coast that flew about 125 miles.

In Asia Seoul Korea Arirang News on June 7th, 2018 North Korea fires several cruise missiles into East Sea: South Korean military.

Arirang News reported that North Korea fired several missiles from its east coast this morning.

They flew some 200 kilometers before coming down in the East Sea.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea fired surface-to-ship cruise missiles at an unspecified time from a base near the city of Wonsan in Gangwon-do Province.

The JCS added that the South Korean military has beefed up surveillance and readiness for possible additional provocations.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff directly contacted President Moon Jae-in after the launch was detected.

This marks the fifth round of missile firings from the North since the new liberal administration took office in early May.

It comes even as President Moon pushes for improving inter-Korean relations.

North Korea could reportedly wreak havoc with high-altitude nuclear blast

N. Korea will test-fire ICBM in not too distant future: party's official newspaper

SEOUL, June 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's official newspaper claimed Saturday that a test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile is not far away.

"The series of recent strategic weapons tests show that we are not too far away from test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile," the Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial.

The claim indicates the regime has continued to advance its missile technology since its leader Kim Jong-un said during his annual address on Jan. 1 that the regime was in the final stage of developing ICBM technology.

On Thursday, the North fired what appeared to be several short-range anti-ship cruise missiles from its east coast in the latest series of missile tests in defiance of international sanctions, according to the South Korean military. They flew some 200 kilometers.

It marked the fifth missile test-fire by the North since liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office May 10.

Pyongyang has recently launched different types of missiles, including a new intermediate-range ballistic missile and a surface-to-air missile.

"The great success of test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile, which we are sure to achieve, will mark a historic watershed moment in the failure of the U.S. hostile policy against us," the editorial in the ruling Workers' Party's mouthpiece read. "Historically speaking, the U.S. has never dared to go to war with a country that possesses nuclear weapons or ICBMs."

It also warned that it has the technology to strike the U.S. mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Fox News stated that : A former U.S. ambassador wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal Friday warning that North Korea’s nuclear threat is not limited to a bomb striking a U.S. city.

A nuclear bomb that detonates 40 miles above a target (and hundreds of miles away) could deliver serious consequences, Henry F. Cooper, who was the director of the Strategic Defense initiative under President George H.W. Bush, wrote.

He pointed to the time the U.S. detonated nuclear warhead 900 miles southwest of Hawaii. It was 1962 and the high-altitude nuclear bomb “destroyed hundreds of street lights in Honolulu, caused electrical surges on airplanes in the area and damaged at least six satellites.”

Russian generals reported back in 2004 that North Korea has in its possession the designs for these so-called “super EMP nuclear weapons,” th op-ed said. At around that time, Congress put together a commission to study such an explosion, and determined that there would be no effects on the ground, but the high-altitude electromagnetic pulse would render “critical electricity-dependent infrastructure” inoperable.

The op-ed raises questions about whether or not North Korea ran a “dry run” recently, when a medium-range missile reportedly exploded midflight in what was seen as a failure. The article questions if the missile was deliberately detonated.

The op-ed mentions that some analysts say that Pyongyang is far from launching a viable EMP attack on the U.S. or South Korea. But the EMP may be a more realistic option for Pyongyang, because there is little need for accuracy.

The op-ed pointed to a report that said “even a balloon-lofted warhead detonated at 30 kilometers altitude could blackout the Eastern Grid that supports most of the population and generates 75 percent of US electricity.”

“Detonation at that altitude of a nuclear warhead with a yield of 10 to 20 kilotons—similar to those tested by North Korea—would produce major EMP effects and inflict catastrophic damage to unhardened electronics across hundreds of miles of surface territory. It is a myth that large yield nuclear weapons of hundreds of kilotons are required to produce such effects,” he writes.

A nuclear electromagnetic pulse (commonly abbreviated as nuclear EMP, pronounced, or NEMP) is a characteristic burst of electromagnetic radiation created by nuclear explosions. The resulting rapidly changing electric and magnetic fields may couple with electrical and electronic systems to produce damaging current and voltage surges. The specific characteristics of any particular nuclear EMP event vary according to a number of factors, the most important of which is the altitude of the detonation.

The term "electromagnetic pulse" generally excludes optical (infrared, visible, ultraviolet) and ionizing (such as X-ray and gamma radiation) ranges. In military terminology, a nuclear warhead detonated hundreds of kilometers above the Earth's surface is known as a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) device. Effects of a HEMP device depend on factors including the altitude of the detonation, energy yield, gamma ray output, interactions with the Earth's magnetic field and electromagnetic shielding of targets.

The survey of open sources over the past decade finds that knowledge about EMP and EMP attack is evidenced in at least Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Taiwan, Sweden, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, Iran, North Korea, China and Russia.

Many foreign analysts – particularly in Iran, North Korea, China, and Russia – view the United States as a potential aggressor that would be willing to use its entire panoply of weapons, including nuclear weapons, in a first strike. They perceive the United States as having contingency plans to make a nuclear EMP attack, and as being willing to execute those plans under a broad range of circumstances.

Russian and Chinese military scientists in open source writings describe the basic principles of nuclear weapons designed specifically to generate an enhanced-EMP effect, that they term "Super-EMP" weapons. "Super-EMP" weapons, according to these foreign open source writings, can destroy even the best protected U.S. military and civilian electronic systems.

According to Section 2 – E1 HEMP Overview 2-10 (Table 2-2 continued) Types of EMP and Related Effects (continued) Acronym Type Description

SGEMP system generated EMP

This EMP is driven by currents produced by the interaction of the burst's radiative particles with the structure of interest itself (as opposed to interactions with the air and ground, which produce SREMP fields). Because SREMP, when present, overshadows it, SGEMP is of most concern in the upper atmosphere (little air) for external fields, and inside systems (see IEMP).

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un photographed on 29 March 2013 in front of a large map labelled “U.S. Mainland Strike Plan,” with missile trajectories plotted from North Korea to four American state targets: Hawaii (Pacific), San Diego (California), Washington D.C., and Austin (Texas). The question is, are these intended EMP target points (high altitude nuclear bursts)

North Korea has tested nuclear weapons (0.48 kiloton on 9 Oct 2006, 2.35 kilotons on 25 May 2009, and 7.7 kilotons on 12 Feb 2013) and missiles, most recently placing a satellite in orbit on 12 Dec 2012 using a 3-stage rocket. This indicates that North Korea could deliver nuclear warheads exceeding 7 kilotons yield to detonate 75 km over several major American cities, producing E1 (prompt gamma ray) EMP damage that could cripple the USA.

Sources: http://glasstone.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/north-korean-strike-plan-for-mainland.html

Wikipedia,

http://www.empcommission.org/

Meanwhile, The EMP Commission was established pursuant to title XIV of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106-398; 114 Stat. 1654A-345). Duties of the EMP Commission include assessing:

1. The nature and magnitude of potential high-altitude EMP threats to the United States from all potentially hostile states or non-state actors that have or could acquire nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles enabling them to perform a high-altitude EMP attack against the United States within the next 15 years;

2. The vulnerability of United States military and especially civilian systems to an EMP attack, giving special attention to vulnerability of the civilian infrastructure as a matter of emergency preparedness;

3. The capability of the United States to repair and recover from damage inflicted on United States military and civilian systems by an EMP attack; and

4. The feasibility and cost of hardening select military and civilian systems against EMP attack.

The Commission is charged with identifying any steps it believes should be taken by the United States to better protect its military and civilian systems from EMP attack.

Multiple reports and briefings associated with this effort have been produced by the EMP Commission including an Executive Report (PDF, 578KB) and a Critical National Infrastructures Report (PDF, 7MB) describing findings and recommendations.

The EMP Commission was reestablished via the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to continue its efforts to monitor, investigate, make recommendations, and report to Congress on the evolving threat to the United States from electromagnetic pulse attack resulting from the detonation of a nuclear weapon or weapons at high altitude.

Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack prepared by USA EMP Commission Members : Dr. John S. Foster, Jr. Mr. Earl Gjelde Dr. William R. Graham (Chairman) Dr. Robert J. Hermann Mr. Henry (Hank) M. Kluepfel Gen Richard L. Lawson, USAF (Ret.) Dr. Gordon K. Soper Dr. Lowell L. Wood, Jr. Dr. Joan B. Woodard in 2008 which is Critical National Infrastructures.

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Here is 5 things you need to know about EMP's. The City Prepping Published on Jan 13, 2017 : EMP’s are often cited by the Prepper community as a potential threat to our nation. But are they to be taken seriously?

Sources: Arirang News, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Glasstone blog UK, EMP Commissioners Site, City Prepping, Youtube, wikipedia, and search
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catch4all.com, Sandra Englund,June 9th, 2017, Rev June 10, 2017

UN Security Council adds individuals and groups to DPR Korea sanctions list

2 June 2017 – Strongly condemning the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today decided to apply existing sanctions to 14 individuals and four entities.

Unanimously adopting a resolution, the 15-member body also reaffirmed its decisions that the north-east Asian country should abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and immediately cease all related activities.

In the text, the Council condemned “in the strongest terms” the country's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities, including a series of ballistic missile launches, dating back to 9 September 2016, which were conducted “in violation and flagrant disregard” of the relevant Council resolutions.

So far this year, the DPRK has conducted nine ballistic missile tests, including one on Monday. In response, Council members have issued seven press statements, most recent one on 22 May, condemning the country's actions and expressing its readiness to take further significant measures, including sanctions.

Today's resolution contains one annex with the list of the 14 individuals who are now subject to travel ban and asset freeze and a second annex with the list of the four entities subject to asset freeze.

Those sanction measures are specified in resolution 1718, which was adopted in 2006.

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DPRK Sanction lists Materials are from UN:

Arirang News Park Jong-hong reports: U.S. announces reinforced sanctions against North Korea to target key entities. June 1st, 2017. The Trump Administration has announced its latest sanctions against North Korea for its missile and nuclear provocations.

The new measures have raised eyebrows as they're more far-reaching than anticipated, even targeting Russian entities with ties to the North. U.S. sanctions against North Korea just got a lot sterner.

The Treasury Department is targeting four individuals, including one Russian national, as well as ten entities which include North Korea's State Affairs Commission, the Korean People's Army and the Ministry of People's Armed Forces.

The department said the actions target North Korea's military, nuclear, and missile programs, its revenue from labor, coal, and minerals, as well as its overseas financial operations.

What's noteworthy is a key blacklisted entity the State Affairs Commission which is North Korea's highest office dubbed by the U.S. as the "new supreme policy guidance organ".

John Smith, director of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control said his department is working with allies to counter networks that help fund North Korea's destabilizing activities.

Three Russian firms and one Russian individual were also sanctioned.

Moscow-based Ardis-Bearings LLC and its director, Igor Aleksandrovich Michurin, were sanctioned for supporting a North Korean company accused of proliferating weapons of mass destruction.

On June 2nd, 2017, Arirang News, Kim Kim Jung-soo also repoted that the council voted unanimously to support measures jointly proposed by the United States and China. Six months after the previous resolution, which was ratified in November of last year in response North Korea's fifth nuclear test two months prior, the UN Security Council has agreed on a new resolution drafted by the United States, after weeks of negotiations with China.

"The Security Council is sending a clear message to North Korea today: stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences. It is long past time for North Korea to see the writing on the wall."

Over the past six months, North Korea has conducted more than ten missile tests, threatening its immediate neighbors as well as the new Trump administration.

Unlike previous resolutions, the one passed on Friday does not introduce new measures, reflecting that the Trump administration is, for now, taking a more patient approach.

For instance, resolution 2270, passed in March 2016, enforced new and powerful measures including a ban on the regime's coal exports, and mandatory inspections on cargo leaving and entering North Korea.

But for resolution 2356 adopted on Friday, the Security Council opted to add 14 officials and four entities to its existing list.

That surprised pundits who thought the council might decide on a resolution that would deal a more decisive blow to the regime's nuclear program, such as cutting off oil supplies.The newest entities include Koryo Bank, which handles overseas transactions for North Korean officials, and the Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People's Army.

The updated list now includes 53 individuals and 46 entities, all of which are subject to travel bans and asset freezes. Taking a carrot and stick approach, the U.S. ambassador to the UN said the international community is willing to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang under certain conditions.

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea.

The UN Security Council has extended its existing sanctions regime against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for continued violations of previous Council resolutions barring it from testing ballistic and nuclear weapons. A new resolution adopted includes sanctions of four entities and 14 people including an individual thought to head North Korea's overseas spying operations.

The sanctions slap a global travel ban on 14 North Korean officials, some of them involved in Pyongyang’s military program as well as its foreign intelligence service. An asset freeze is also imposed on four entities including the strategic rocket force of the North Korean army. The move was a response to North Korea’s ballistic missile tests since the turn of the year. Pyongyang has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile launches this year. The tests have drawn criticism even by North Korea’s closest ally China.

Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ASEAN relations," Ross said.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japan Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo convened the 8th annual trilateral defense ministerial meeting in Singapore on June 3 on the margins of the 2017 Shangri-La Dialogue. During the meeting, they held substantive discussions on North Korea, the regional security situation, and advancing defense cooperation.

The three ministers strongly condemned North Korea’s recent provocative actions and concurred that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs represent an immediate threat to regional and global security. The three ministers resolved to strengthen international coordination to implement and enforce relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. The ministers called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner, to cease additional provocative actions that only increase tensions in the region, and to abide by its international obligations and commitments.

The three ministers lauded the progress in trilateral defense cooperation and praised collective efforts to enhance interoperability and exercise a variety of communication channels to share information and coordinate responses to North Korea’s provocative actions. The three ministers applauded recent efforts to improve trilateral response capabilities, to include the execution of four missile warning exercises, an inaugural anti- submarine warfare exercise, a maritime interdiction operations exercise, and combined flight training events with U.S. bomber aircraft.

The three ministers also discussed other regional security issues, including the importance of maritime security. The three ministers reaffirmed that freedom of navigation and overflight must be ensured, and that disputes should be resolved in a peaceful manner.

The three ministers recognized that the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan face common security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. They reaffirmed that the three nations are committed to sustaining defense cooperation and to maintaining a rules- based order. Accordingly, the three leaders pledged to take necessary steps to strengthen their ability to cooperate more closely in the face of North Korean threats, such as enhancing information sharing, executing a robust trilateral exercise program, developing

interoperability, and enabling practical military-to-military cooperation for effective response.

The three ministers decided to continue holding consultations on trilateral security issues, and affirmed their continued strong commitment to promoting defense and security cooperation among the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan in order to contribute to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. s

turned up the heat on North Korea and its main benefactor, China, on Saturday, calling the North Koreans a "clear and present danger" and chastising the Chinese for coercive behavior in the South China Sea.

His sharp words for both countries suggest he believes China will, out of self-interest, exert leverage on North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs even as Washington pushes Beijing to change course in the South China Sea.

Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, Mattis said the Trump administration is encouraged by China's renewed commitment to working with the U.S. and others to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons. He also said he thinks China ultimately will see it as a liability rather than an asset.

On May 22nd, 2017, UN Security Council strongly condemns ballistic missile test by DPR Korea

22 May 2017 – Strongly condemning yesterday’s ballistic missile launch conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council vowed to “fully and comprehensively implement all measures” imposed on the country and strongly urged all other UN Member States to do the same.

In a press statement, Council members expressed their utmost concern over the DPRK’s “highly destabilising behaviour and flagrant and provocative defiance” of the Council by conducting this ballistic missile launch in violation of its international obligations under the body’s relevant resolutions, dating from 2006.

“The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures including sanctions, in line with the Council’s previously expressed determination,” said the statement.

The body dealing with the Council’s sanctions regime against DPRK, known as the ‘1718 Committee’ after the Council resolution that established it, was urged to redouble its efforts to improve global implementation of all measures, including by implementing the relevant feasible recommendations of the Panel of Experts as soon as possible.

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

Further to the statement, the Council emphasized the vital importance of the DPRK’s immediately showing sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond. To that end, the Security Council demanded the DPRK conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Reiterating the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia at large, the Council members 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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catch4all.com, Sandra Englund, June 2, 2017 Rev., June 5, 2017

U.S. Intercept Test Success North Korea:
Breaking News - U.S. Official Confirmed Interception Test Was Successful (HIT!):

Defense Department Makes Successful Missile-Intercept in Test

DoD News, Defense Media Activity:

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

May 30th, 2017

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017 — The Defense Department today successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target during a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense element of the nation's ballistic missile defense system, according to a Missile Defense Agency news release.

The successful test was conducted by the Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense and U.S. Northern Command.

‘An Incredible Accomplishment’

"The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment for the GMD system and a critical milestone for this program," said MDA Director Navy Vice Adm. Jim Syring. "This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat. I am incredibly proud of the warfighters who executed this test and who operate this system every day."

This was the first live-fire test event against an ICBM-class target for GMD and the U.S. ballistic missile defense system.

During the test, an ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Multiple sensors provided target acquisition and tracking data to the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communication system.

The Sea-Based X-band radar, positioned in the Pacific Ocean, also acquired and tracked the target. The GMD system received the target tracking data and developed a fire control solution to intercept the target.

A ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and its exo-atmospheric kill vehicle intercepted and destroyed the target in a direct collision.

Flight Data Slated for Evaluation

Initial indications are that the test met its primary objective, but program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

The test, designated Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor-15, will provide the data necessary to assess the performance of the GMD system and provide enhanced homeland defense capabilities.

The GMD element of the ballistic missile defense system provides combatant commanders the capability to engage and destroy intermediate and long-range ballistic missile threats to protect the U.S. The mission of the Missile Defense Agency is to develop and deploy a layered ballistic missile defense system to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies and friends from limited ballistic missile attacks of all ranges in all phases of flight.

Meanwhile, regardless UN sanctions and constructive communicating with China, Russia, US and South Korea even around the world, even so, for only this year 9 times Missile test, including over 20 years of threat from North Korea, is not Normal and taking very serious in this case before further creating dangerous Nuclear warhead……who knows if DPRK leader Kim Jong Un will take serious for this time, According to Aidia Mj U.S. B-1B strategic bombers flew past the demilitarized zone after North Korea tested its third ballistic mis-iile in three weeks Monday. U.S. and South Korean forces conducted joint drills Monday, the second exercise this month, reports the Wall Street Journal. North Korea called the move a “grave military provocation.” North Korea said the U.S. is pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the “brink of war” with the introduction of B-1B Lancers. The supersonic strategic bombers, deployed from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, are long-range, multi-mission aircraft capable of reaching Korea in 2.5 hours. The U.S. has maintained a continuous bomber presence in the region for decades as part of American deterrence posturing. North Korea often accuses the U.S. of preparing for nuclear striiikes against it, even though B-1B bombers are no longer nuclear capable.

North Korea Fires Scud Type Missile Directly at Japan 29/05/2017

May 28(Asia time), North Korea News Network reported that North Korea News Network can confirm that North Korea has fired a scud type missile directly at Japan in a show of force and a blatant provocation. North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile; Pres. Moon Calls for Emergency NSC Meeting. HNTv news reportedon May 29, 2017 that North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protested which North Korea on Sunday launched a short-range ballistic missile, the U.S. Pacific Command said. The missile was tracked for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Pacific Command said. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that a war with North Korea would be "catastrophic." "A conflict in North Korea, John, would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people's lifetimes," Mattis said.

Go News dated May 29th, 2017 viewing that JAPAN WILL JOIN UNITED STATES ACTIONS ON NORTH KOREA!

Speaking of global security, On May 25, 2017, President Donald J Trump expressed to defeat terrorism and to achieve lasting security, prosperity and peace which he made remarks during that "We remember and mourn those nearly 3,000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on September 11th, 2001. Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments. He also expressed that the recent attack on Manchester in the United Kingdom demonstrates the depths of the evil we face with terrorism which was during the concert and lost innocent people's lives -- beautiful lives with so much great potential torn from their families forever and ever. It was a barbaric and vicious attack upon our civilization which We will never forsake the friends who stood by our side. And we will never waiver in our determination to defeat terrorism and to achieve lasting security, prosperity and peace.

According to Hot News, President Donald Trump is still firmly on the Korean peninsula, all the tensions of the past is just a screenplay covering strategic intent.

The People's Democratic Republic of Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile similar to the Scud missile on May 29. It flew for about 450 km and landed in the Japanese EEZ.

This is the third time in three consecutive weeks that the 9th this year Pyongyang has tried ballistic missiles, underscoring the determination of leader Kim Jong-un to promote a ballistic missile development program. Korea - Japan worried, President of the US foot jars.

The Washington Post said on May 29 that South Korean President Moon Jae-in had summarily convened the National Security Council after the launch. The Korean army is alerted to combat readiness. Chief Cabinet secretary Japan Yoshihide Suga commended that ballistic missile fire during this time was extremely dangerous for ships and planes in the area. At the same time, the North also violates the United Nations Security Council resolutions. On the way back from Italy after attending the G-7 meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan would work closely with the Uited States to stop North Korea. (first)

In response to the latest missile test from Pyonyang, US President Donald Trump today wrote on Twitter’s personal Twitter account: North Korea has shown as great lack of respect for their Neighboring country – China, by continuing to fire a ballistic missile. But China is trying hard! Since his first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump repeatedly praised China for trying to pressure Pyongyang. Yonhap on May 30, 2017 Prior to the date of the latest missile test US Secretary of Defense James Mattis told CBS News on Sunday: “ A conflict in North Korea will probably be the worst battle in most people’s lives. North Korea has hundreds of guns and missile launchers that cover the capital of Seoul, South Korea, where populations are highly populated. Pyongyang is a threat to the surrounding area, including Japan, china and Russia. However, the crux of the problem is that if we can not resolve this situation by means of diplomacy, it will be a catastrophic war.

We do not need to wait until they have an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead to say that the threat is completely present. We always assume that the North Korean missile test program is getting better after each North Korean missiles getting better after each test run. We consider it a direct threat today. I do not want to set specific timelines. This time, what we know, I want to keep quiet, because we can really know some things that even Koreans do not Know (3), After the Korean test of the missile yesterday, the Pacific Command said: “The missile was tracked for six minutes until it fell into the waters of Japan, and we continue to closely monitor all North Korean moves.”

(first) The writer said that, saying so, it can now be seen that the United States is fully capable of controlling North Korea’s ballistic missiles. That’s not to mention the head of the Write House accidentally or intentionally “reveals” that the nuclear arsenal of the United States is 20 times larger than the North. Two of the strongest nuclear submarines in the United States are also “there,” ready to handle situations when the US sees it as a real threat to its security. (4) President Donald Trump was very confident and calmly kicked the “ball of responsibility” over China, but why did the boss of the Pentagon seem so worried? The writer argues that Gen. James Mattis’ concern may not contradict Donald Trump’s conviction, but rather aim for another purpose:

Firstly, reinforce the reasons for increasing the defense budget for the US military, especially, the Pacific Command. This is one of the intentions of President Donald Trump since taking office and he is publicly promoting this intention.

Second, consolidate the US-Japan-Korea-Australia alliance in the context of China’s emergence and compete with the United States aggressively by leveraging trade and economic leverage.

Thirdly, the trip to Saudi Arabia and bring about a $110 billion arms deal to “help” the Islamic world against terrorism that President Donald Trump has done, perhaps know as well. Mind, calculating the US with the Korean hot spot? So it seems that the United States under President Donald Trump is still holding firmly on the Korean peninsula, all the tensions of the past is just a screenplay cover strategic.

Arirang News reports that This is the ninth missile test the North has carried out this year... defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions... but also comes in fresh defiance of a declaration published by the G7 leaders just this past weekend... whereby all states pledged to strengthen measures unless the North agreed to abandon its nuclear program.

Although this particular missile today or the one last weekend or any of the previous ones as a matter of fact tested by Pyongyang cannot, at this point, fly far enough to reach American military bases in Guam... let alone mainland U.S. But, what we need to remember is that with each test, North Korea gains meaningful data fo that is fed into its effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile.

It landed in Japan's EEZ - there must have been reaction from Tokyo and of course, from here in Seoul as well. Japan was quick to condemn the North's provocation. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to take concrete action with the U.S. to deter North Korea.

Here in Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in immediately called for an emergency national security council meeting. It was chaired by NSC chief Chung Eui-yong and lasted for roughly 45 minutes... coming to a close at about quarter past eight this morning.

This is the third missile test by North Korea in the last three weeks that the new South Korean president has been in office, hence, the third national security meeting under the Moon administration.

Following the NSC meeting, Seoul's foreign affairs ministry released a statement strongly condemning North Korea, calling its provocation absolutely unacceptable and that South Korea will maintain full readiness against any North Korean threats based on the ironclad South Korea, U.S. alliance. ROK President Moon Jae-in who has pledged that he's pro-engagement, pro-dialogue with North Korea. But, at this point, it's very difficult to see the new South Korea government staying on due course with these constant missile launches. Obviously, suggestions of dialogue are certainly NOT slowing the North's Kim Jong-un down in any shape or form.

North Korea Missile Tests Timeline.

2017 - North Korea test-fired a Pukguksong-2 missile over the Sea of Japan. This was the first launch of the new medium-range ballistic missile (Feb 11, 2017).[

2017 - North Korea launches four ballistic missiles from the Tongchang-ri launch site in the northwestSome flew 620 mi (1,000 km) before falling into the Sea of Japan. (March 6, 2017)[21][9]

2017 - North Korea test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan (April 4, 2017)[22][23][9]

2017 - North Korea test-fired an unidentified land-based missile from the naval base in Sinpo but it exploded almost immediately after the takeoff (April 15, 2017).

2017 - North Korea test-fired an unidentified missile from Pukchang airfield (April 28, 2017). Missile, believed to be a medium-range[30] KN-17 ballistic missile,] falters and breaks apart minutes after liftoff.

2017 - North Korea test-fired an unidentified missile from a test site on the country's West Coast (May 13, 2017). The missile, later revealed to be an intermediate range ballistic missile, traveled 30 minutes, reached an altitude of more than 2,111.5 km, and flew a horizontal distance of 789 km (489 miles), before falling into the Sea of Japan

2017- North Korea test-fired another Pukguksong-2 medium-range ballistic missile from Pukchang airfield (May 21, 2017), which traveled approximately 300 miles before falling into the .Korea's east coast.2017 - North Korea Fired a Short Range Ballistic Missile from Wonsan into the Sea of Japan(May 29, 2017), It traveled 450 km.

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South Korea Fires On North Korean Balloon

The South Korean military said on Wednesday, an unidentified object that flew across the border from North Korea on Tuesday was most likely to have been a balloon carrying propaganda leaflets rather than a drone.

South Korea fired warning shots at the object as it crossed the border. It disappeared from radar.

According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency earlier reported the object had been found near the border. It was identified as a balloon.

Also reported that The South's military announced Tuesday afternoon that it detected an unidentified object flying across the military demarcation line (MDL) in the eastern region.

More than 90 machine gun rounds were fired as warning shots under a related manual and the object disappeared from radar screens, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

The announcement further raised tensions on the peninsula following a series of ballistic missile launches by the North.

In a press briefing the following day, the Ministry of National Defense said there were actually around 10 flying objects detected close to the MDL and several of them crossed it.

Judging from the results of an analysis, (we) believe there is a low possibility that the objects were drones," the ministry's spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said.

They are presumed to have been balloons carrying propaganda leaflets from the North, he added.

Their trajectory was similar to the direction of the wind, while the round objects were differentiated from the elongated balloons that South Korean activists use to send anti-Pyongyang leaflets to the North.

Moon dismissed criticism that the South's military overreacted.

He said the country's front-line troops strictly followed the manual by first dispatching a warning via loudspeakers and then continuing to fire warning shots amid bad weather conditions that made it difficult for them to immediately identify what the objects were.

"The military was reacting in consideration of the worst-case scenario," he said.

On May 15th, 2017

Fox News Reported that UN Agency Exposed Helping North Korea with Patent Application for Banned Nerve Gas

EXCLUSIVE: For more than a year, a United Nations agency in Geneva has been helping North Korea prepare an international patent application for production of sodium cyanide -- a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun -- which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that country by the U.N. Security Council since 2006.

The World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, has made no mention of the application to the Security Council committee monitoring North Korea sanctions, nor to the U.N. Panel of Experts that reports sanctions violations to the committee, even while concerns about North Korean weapons of mass destruction, and the willingness to use them, have been on a steep upward spiral.

Fox News told both U.N. bodies of the patent application for the first time late last week, after examining the application file on a publicly available WIPO internal website.

Information on the website indicates that North Korea started the international patent process on Nov. 1, 2015 -- about two months before its fourth illegal nuclear test. The most recent document on the website is a “status report,” dated May 14, 2017 (and replacing a previous status report of May 8), declaring the North Korean applicants’ fitness “to apply for and be granted a patent.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE STATUS REPORT

During all that time, however, the U.N.’s Panel of Experts on North Korea “has no record of any communication from WIPO to the Committee or the Panel regarding such a serious patent application," said Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of the international U.N. expert team, in response to a Fox News question.

The Panel of Experts has now officially “opened an investigation into this matter,” he said.

“This is a disturbing development that should be of great concern to the U.S. administration and to Congress, as well as the U.S. Representative to the U.N.,” William Newcomb, a member of the U.N. Panel of Experts for nearly three years ending in 2014, told Fox News.

Said an expert familiar with the sanctions regime: “It undermines sanctions to have this going on. The U.N. agencies involved should have been much more alert to checking these programs out.”

Questions sent last week to the U.S. State Department about WIPO’s patent dealings with North Korea had not been answered before this story was published.

For its part, a WIPO spokesperson told Fox News by email, in response to the question of whether it had reported the patent application to the U.N. sanctions committee, only that the organization “has strict procedures in place to ensure that it fully complies with all requirements in relation to U.N. Security Council sanction regimes.”

The spokesperson added that “we communicate with the relevant U.N. oversight committees as necessary.”

But apparently, help with preparing international patent applications for a sanctioned nerve gas “chemical precursor” does not necessarily count as grounds for such communication, if the Panel of Experts records are correct.

This is by no means the first time that WIPO, led by its controversial director general, Francis Gurry, has flabbergasted other parts of the U.N. and most Western nations with its casual and undeclared assistance, with potential WMD implications, to the bellicose and unstable North Korean regime.

And, as before, how the action is judged may depend upon razor-thin, legalistic interpretations of U.N. sanctions law on the one side vs. staggering violations of, at a minimum, common sense in dealing with the unstable North Korean regime, which among other things has never signed the international convention banning the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.

While the patent process went on at WIPO, that regime has conducted five illegal nuclear tests -- two in the past year, while the patent process was under way -- and at least ten illegal ballistic missile launches since 2016, while issuing countless threats of mass destruction against its neighbors and the U.S.

In 2012, Fox News reported that WIPO had shipped U.S.-made computers and sophisticated computer servers to North Korea, and also to Iran, without informing sanctions committee officials.

The shipments were ostensibly part of a routine technology upgrade. Neither country could obtain the equipment on the open market, and much of it would have required special export licenses if shipped from the U.S.

The report kicked off an uproar, but after a lengthy investigation, the U.N. sanctions committee decided that the world organization’s porous restrictions had not been violated, while also noting WIPO’s defense that as an international organization, it was not subject to the rules aimed at its own member states.

Nonetheless, the investigators declared that “we simply cannot fathom how WIPO could have convinced itself that most Member States would support the delivery of equipment to countries whose behavior was so egregious it forced the international community to impose embargoes.”

The investigators also declared that “WIPO, as a U.N. agency, shares the obligation to support the work of other U.N. bodies, including the Sanctions Committees,” and that in response to the furor, WIPO had “implemented new requirements to check on sanctions compliance in advance of program implementation.”

There is no doubt about the banned nature of sodium cyanide -- which can also be used to produce deadly cyanide gas, another weapon of mass destruction.

The chemical appears on a Security Council list of “items, materials, equipment, goods and technology” related to North Korea’s “other weapons of mass destruction programs” beyond nuclear weapons, which first appeared after U.N. Security Council resolution 1718 was approved in 2006.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST

That resolution, voted after North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, ordained that member states “prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer” to the regime known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, of the listed items “which could contribute to DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programs.”

It also declared that “all member states shall prevent any transfers to the DPRK by their nationals or from their territories, or from the DPRK by its nationals or from its territory, of technical training, advice, services or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of the items” listed.

Additionally, it demanded a freeze by U.N. member states or all “funds, other financial assets and economic resources” that could be used in the mass destruction-related programs.

CLICK HERE FOR RESOLUTION 1718

A subsequent Security Council resolution, 2270, in 2016 broadened things by declaring that “economic resources” referred to in Resolution 1718 “includes assets of every kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable, accrual or potential, which potentially may be used to obtain funds, goods or services” by DPRK.

This may open up another controversial aspect of the cyanide patent application, since, along with its mass-destructive uses, the chemical is considered the most common agent in the extraction of gold from ores and concentrates.

Further, according to the North Korean application to WIPO, the new process it wants to make ready for international patenting is a lower-cost process that produces ultra-high-grade product.

CLICK HERE FOR THE PROCESS APPLICATION DESCRIPTION

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North Korea Fired Two Ballistic Missile Tests in A week

The test of a Pukguksong-2 missile was hailed a success with Kim Jong Un ordering its further deployment. Via NBC News.

North Korea test-fired another medium-range ballistic missile from Pukchang airfield (May 21, 2017). Missile travels approximately 300 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan. Missile landed about 217 miles from North Korea's east coast.

May 21st, 2017 According to Arirang News, Kim Hyo-sun, North Korea test-fired yet another ballistic missile on Sunday afternoon which the South Korean military says appeared to be a Pukguksong-2, a new intermediate-range ballistic missile used by the regime.

It flew more than 500 kilometers before coming down in waters near Japan.

By comparison, last week's Hwasong-12 flew over 700 kilometers.

As well as being North Korea's second ballistic missile test in just a week,... it's the second since President Moon Jae-in took office earlier this month.

President Moon, who was visiting his hometown at the time, convened a National Security Council meeting after being briefed on Pyongyang's missile launch. "The president immediately convened a NSC meeting after receiving a report from his National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong ." In a statement issued by the foreign ministry, the South Korean government strongly condemned the launch.

The statement called North Korea's latest provocation a reckless and irresponsible act, adding that it throws cold water on the international community's expectations and aspiration for peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

It also reiterated Seoul's strong determination to fundamentally solve the North's nuclear issue through all possible means, including sanctions and talks.

The UN Security Council is set to gather for an emergency meeting on the matter on Tuesday.

Arirnag News, Yu Joonhee reports that In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was disturbed and disappointed by North Korea's latest ballistic missile test.

He also vowed to dial up the pressure on the regime in an effort convince Pyongyang that de-escalation was the only viable option in achieving peace and prosperity. "We are early in the stages of applying the economic pleasures as well as the diplomatic pressure to the regime in North Korea."

"The ongoing testing is disappointing. It's disturbing, and we ask that they cease that because until they cease that testing, clearly they have not changed their view." In his view of North Korea's latest provocations, Tillerson said he believed Pyongyang may be "acting out" in response to growing U.S. pressure on the regime, which it may be starting to feel.

North Korea's latest missile test comes after the U.S. Navy moved a second aircraft carrier to waters off the Korean Peninsula last week.

The launch has been condemned by South Korea and Japan, with Tokyo's cabinet, describing it as an "intolerable violation" of international law.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called it a "challenge to the world" and said he wants to raise the issue of North Korea's missile threats at the G7 Summit in Italy, later this month.

The UN has also responded by calling an emergency session of the Security Council on Tuesday.

According to diplomats, the meeting was requested by South Korea, the United States and Japan and will take place behind closed doors.

The Security Council has already vowed to roll out tougher sanctions on Pyongyang following last week's missile launch. Meanwhile, Server issue delays dozens of South Korean flights.

April 21st, 2016, According to Arirang Kwon Jang-ho, Arirang News., Neither China nor Russia will play a factor in the South Korean military's selection process of where the U.S. anti-missile system will be deployed.

Operational effectiveness and strategic success are the only factors that will be considered when Seoul and Washington sit down for formal talks on this matter next week.

Kwon Jang-ho files this report from Seoul's Ministry of National Defense.

The South Korean military said they will formally sit down with their U.S. counterparts next week to discuss deployment of the THAAD missile defense system.

A key topic of discussion will be the location of deployment.

The system is expected to be placed at one of the U.S. military bases in South Korea.but there have been concerns from China and Russia that if the system is deployed too far north, it will infringe on their national security.

However, South Korean military officials told reporters on Friday that they will not take their concerns into consideration as the safety of the people in Korea was the main priority.

China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, reiterated his nation's concerns over the missile system while meeting with his South Korean counterpart in Germany on Friday.

He added that "it is not conducive to maintaining peace and stability in the region"

But South Korea's military said they WILL take into consideration any disruption or danger to local residents.

There are concerns that electromagnetic waves from the system's radar can affect people's health and the local environment.

The radar also needs about 5 and a half kilometers of clear airspace as it can cause electro-magnetic interference to airplanes and explosive equipment.

Meanwhile military officials also gave an update of the situation on the inter-Korean border.

They said no troop activity has been spotted north of the border but that South Korean forces are staying vigilant.

"After the shut down of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, we are looking out for any North Korean troop movements and remain on full alert for any further provocations."

Earlier officials also warned that North Korea could turn the Kaesong Industrial Complex into a military base, like it was before becoming a joint venture between the two Koreas in 2004.

"Military officials said they do not know whether the North Korean regime would redeploy troops to the industrial complex but remain ready for any possibilities.

April 20, 2017, BBC news reported that: North Korea Missiles that can be launched from water in 2016 was also an important year for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. After disastrous failures in 2015, North Korea began to make some progress on a missile known as the Pukguksong.

Using an underwater platform, North Korean engineers were previously able to achieve successful ejection of the missile but could not get the stage to light or achieve much range. After a test of a solid- (rather than liquid-) fuelled engine in April 2016, North Korea began to have increasingly successful SLBM tests. These SLBMs are not nearly as worrying as the SLBMs that the US, Russia or China possess. They will remain unreliable unless testing continues. North Korea's submarines are also loud and easy to detect. So in many ways these missiles are more for domestic "prestige" than military use. Meanwhile, the satellite imagery shown that North Korea is investing a lot in overhauling the submarine shipyard at Sinpo. So this is just the beginning of its programme.

The KN-17 (a label assigned by the US) shown in the most recent parade is also being tested near Sinpo. This land-based anti-ship ballistic missile has had two failures so far, but its message is that US, South Korean and Japanese ships should beware.

North Korea's Missiles that use solid fuel back In February 2017, North Korea tested a land-based version of its solid-fuelled SLBM, called the Pukguksong-2, launching it from a canister on the back of a TEL. North Korea traditionally relied on the same liquid fuel that Scuds used. This fuel is reliable and cheap, but it is corrosive and cannot be stored in the missile. This means that missile convoys have to travel with fuel and oxidizer trucks, making them larger and easier to spot from satellites. It also means the missile cannot be moved or stored while fuelled, so the launch process takes longer.

A truck will pull out of a tunnel, for example, erect the missile, the unit will fuel it and target it, and then launch. However, solid fuel can generally be stored in the missile, shaving valuable time off a launch in a war scenario. The parade showed that North Korea is committed to solid fuel by showing off two new possible solid fuel ICBMs in canisters. The canisters may have been empty (why load a missile if nobody's going to see it?), but it's likely that this is a design concept that will evolve over several parades and component tests. Developments since the start of 2016 have shown that North Korea is focusing not just on new missile technologies, but also on the actual deployment of the missile in the field.

In September 2016, North Korea launched a volley of three ballistic missiles. In March 2017, they launched four more. The simultaneous launch of several missiles means tracking and intercepting them is harder, and that also poses a challenge to Thaad, the controversial new ballistic missile defence system being deployed in South Korea.

So does North Korea have a long range missile? The question that seems to fascinate Americans the most is whether North Korea can deploy a missile to reach US shores. The main reason to have an ICBM is for a nuclear strike. There is little point in putting a conventional weapon on such a missile.

North Korea has paraded ICBMs since 2012, when they revealed not only a missile known as the KN-08, but an illicitly-procured Chinese truck as a TEL. The missiles were initially criticised as "fakes" but over time, improvements made them credible. The latest parade appeared to show two different solid fuel ICBMs in addition to a dramatically altered KN-08.

Outsiders have dismissed North Korea's ability for decades but should probably pay attention to a few key developments.

In 2015, North Korea responded by introducing an ICBM known as the KN-14. In 2016, its propaganda featured images and video of essentially all the components one would need for an ICBM.

The two new solid fuel ICBMs seen on the parade are years away from testing. But high-level UK embassy defector Thae Yong-ho said Pyongyang aims to complete the development of one ICBM by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Testing and "completing" are two different things.

It seems likely North Korea will test the liquid fuelled KN-08 ICBM in this time frame since it is apparently closest to completion.

But it is also likely that it will fail multiple times before it can be deployed.

Melissa Hanham is a Senior Research Associate in the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, USA.

North Korea test-fired another medium-range ballistic missile from Pukchang airfield (May 21, 2017). Missile travels approximately 300 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan. Missile landed about 217 miles from North Korea's east coast. Is the World just watch what DPRK is doing and let DPRK make their Nuclear may distroy the world and make DARK and ASH and NO MORE EARTH existing?? that will be too late to save anyone ............

The numbers will show how dangerous it is for detonations occurs:

North Korea's missile programme is progressing faster than expected,
South Korea's defense minister

According to Reuters on May 16th, 2017, By Christine Kim and Tom Miles report

SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea's missile programme is progressing faster than expected, South Korea's defaence minister said on Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council demanded the North halt all nuclear and ballistic missile tests and condemned Sunday's test-launch.

Mr. Han Min-koo told South Korea's parliament the test-launch had been detected by the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system, whose deployment in the South has infuriated China.

The reclusive North, which has defied all calls to rein in its weapons programmes, even from its lone major ally, China, said the missile test was a legitimate defence against U.S. hostility.

The North has been working on a missile, mounted with a nuclear warhead, capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has called for an immediate halt to Pyongyang's provocations and has warned that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over. U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood said on Tuesday China's leverage was key and it could do more.

Han said Sunday's test-launch was "successful in flight".

"It is considered an IRBM (intermediate range ballistic missile) of enhanced calibre compared to Musudan missiles that have continually failed," he said, referring to a class of missile designed to travel up to 3,000 to 4,000 km (1,860 to 2,485 miles).

Asked if North Korea's missile programme was developing faster than the South had expected, he said: "Yes."

Han said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile unit deployed by the U.S. military in the South detected the North Korean missile, marking the first time the controversial system has been put to use since its deployment last month.

China has strongly opposed THAAD, whose radar it fears could be used to spy into its territory, despite assurances from Washington that THAAD is purely defensive. South Korean companies, from automakers to retailers and cosmetics firms, have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over Seoul's decision to deploy the system.

The North's KCNA news agency said Sunday's launch tested its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead". Its ambassador to China said in Beijing on Monday it would continue such test launches "any time, any place".

The test-launch was a legitimate act of self-defence and U.S. criticism was a "wanton violation of the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK", a North Korean diplomat told the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday.

DPRK are the initials of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The DPRK will bolster its self-defense capabilities as long as the United States continues its hostile policies towards the DPRK and imposes nuclear threats and makes blackmail," diplomat Ju Yong Choi said.

The missile flew 787 km (489 miles) on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles), KCNA said.

Pyongyang has regularly threatened to destroy the United States, which it accuses of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war by conducting recent military drills with South Korea and Japan.

Trump and new South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Washington next month, with North Korea expected to be high on the agenda, the South's presidential Blue House said.

Moon met Matt Pottinger, overseeing Asian affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, on Tuesday and said he hoped to continue to have "sufficient, close discussions" between Seoul and Washington, the Blue House press secretary told a briefing.

"FURTHER SANCTIONS POSSIBLE"

In a unanimous statement, the 15-member UN Security Council on Monday said it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions".

"To that end, the Security Council demanded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests," the council said, adding that it was ready to impose further sanctions on the country.

The North's foreign ministry rejected the statement, saying it infringed on its right to self-defence, particularly as the missile was test-launched at a sharp angle to ensure safety of neighbouring countries.

The UN statement also condemned an April 28 ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang.

Following that launch, Washington began talks with China on possible new U.N. sanctions. Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated new measures before involving remaining council members.

The United States sees China as key, U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Wood told reporters on a conference call.

"I'm not going to talk about various policy options that we may or may not consider, but I will say this: we are certainly engaged right now in looking at a number of measures - political, economic, security - to deal with these provocative acts by the DPRK, and dangerous acts in many cases," he said.

"So we are going to be raising the level of engagement with China on this issue. China really is the key in dealing with the North Korea issue. Ninety percent of the DPRK's trade is with China, so clearly there is a lot more leverage that China has, and we would like China to use."

The Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has stiffened them in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches. Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test.

Trump warned in an interview with Reuters this month that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible. In a show of force, the United States sent an aircraft carrier strike group, led by the Carl Vinson, to waters off the Korean peninsula to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan.

Admiral Harry Harris, the top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific, said continued missile launches by North Korea showed the importance of the alliance between Japan and the United States and called the North's actions unacceptable.

Harris met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also said China could apply more pressure to rein in North Korea.

"Now is the time to put pressure on North Korea," Abe said. "Japan and the United States must coordinate and put pressure."

The U.S. Seventh Fleet carrier, the Ronald Reagan, left Yokosuka in Japan on Tuesday on its regular spring patrol and will be out for around three to four months, a Seventh Fleet spokesman said.

Besides worries about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programmes, cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link the North with the global WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday.

(Additional reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park in SEOUL, Michelle Nichols at the UNITED NATIONS and Kiyoshi Takenaka and Minami Funakoshi in TOKYO; Writing by Nick Macfie

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Yet, NORTH KOREA WARNS UNITED NATIONS!

Meanwhile, South Korea WARNED EVERYONE! HIGH chance of CONFLICT With NORTH KOREA!

On May 17, 2017: NEWS ALERT – SOUTH KOREAN’S PRESIDENT MOON SAID CONFRONTATION POSSIBLE WITH N.KOREA

As the South Korean President Moon Jae-in put his military on standby and be prepared to response to the news provocation, on Tuesday Moon said that there is a high possibility of confrontation with North Korea. And that his country's military was ready, and capable of striking back should the North attack. He said,

“I will never overlook such provocations and nuclear threats of North Korea. I will strongly respond to this along with the international community. The reality of today’s national security is that there are military tensions, and highly possible confrontations in the areas of the western Northern Limit Line, and the military demarcation line. Launching ballistic missiles is a serious provocation that violates UN Security Council resolutions, as well as being a serious challenge to global peace and stability. We will never tolerate such North Korean provocations and nuclear threats”

His speech is a turn around when he said he will seek peace with North Korea and willing to travel there to meet Kim Jong un under the right condition. However, Seoul wants communication lines restored with North Korea‬.

Shock satellite images reveal CHILLING truth about North Korea's nuke programme - DAILY NEWS

REVEALING satellite images have uncovered a deadly secret lying at the heart of Kim Jong-un's nuke plan.

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North Korea needs to be DENUKED! & LINKS to ransomware WANNACRY via GoNews

It is the time to bring back the legacy OF THE FORMER 33RD PRESIDENT Harry S. Truman whom he was born May 8, 1884 and he was called by heaven on December 26, 1972. He was an American politician who served as the 33rd President of the United States (1945–53), assuming that office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt during the waning months of World War II. He is known for launching the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe, for leading the Cold War against Soviet and Chinese communism by establishing the Truman Doctrine and NATO, and for intervening in the Korean War. In domestic affairs, he was a moderate Democrat whose liberal proposals were a continuation of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, but the conservative-dominated Congress blocked most of them. He used the veto power 180 times, which is more than any president since then, and saw 12 overridden by Congress; only Grover Cleveland and Franklin D. Roosevelt used the veto so often, and only Gerald Ford and Andrew Johnson saw so many veto overrides. He also used nuclear weapons to end World War II, desegregated the U.S. armed forces, supported a newly independent Israel, and HE WAS A FOUNDER OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

The Truman Doctrine underpinned American Cold War policy in Europe and around the world. In the words of historian James T. Patterson, "The Truman Doctrine was a highly publicized commitment of a sort the administration had not previously undertaken.

The Truman Doctrine became a metaphor for emergency aid to keep a nation from communist influence. Truman used disease imagery not only to communicate a sense of impending disaster in the spread of communism but also to create a "rhetorical vision" of containing it by extending a protective shield around non-communist countries throughout the world. It echoed the "quarantine the aggressor" policy Truman's predecessor,

Franklin D. Roosevelt, had sought to impose to contain German and Japanese expansion in 1937 ("quarantine" suggested the role of public health officials handling an infectious disease). The medical metaphor extended beyond the immediate aims of the Truman Doctrine in that the imagery combined with fire and flood imagery evocative of disaster provided the United States with an easy transition to direct military confrontation in later years with communist forces in Korea and Vietnam. By ideological differences in life or death terms, Truman was able to garner support for this communism-containing policy.

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Yale Law School Charter of the United Nations: June 26, 1945
catch4all.com, Sandra Englund, May 18, 2017, REV. May 19, 2017 REV, May 22nd 2017; 6:21 AM PST Rev May 24, 2017

According to Sky News, Dated May 14, 2017, UK : The US confirms North Korea has tested a ballistic missile and says the country has been a "flagrant menace for too long".

US President Donald Trump has called for "far stronger sanctions" on North Korea after the country test-fired a ballistic missile.

The missile flew for about 30 minutes, travelling about 800km (500m) and reaching an altitude of 2,000km (1,240m) before landing in the Sea of Japan, according to Tokyo.

The flight pattern could indicate a new type of missile.

In a statement, the White House said Pyongyang has been "a flagrant menace for far too long".

"Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea," it said.

Mr Trump "cannot imagine Russia is pleased" with the test as the missile landed closer to Russia than to Japan, the statement added.

Earlier, the US Pacific Command said it detected the launch and tracked the missile, but added that it "did not pose a threat to North America".

"The type of missile is being assessed and the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile," a spokesperson said.

The launch early on Sunday took place at a region, named Kusong, where the North previously test-launched intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing.

Japan said the missile flew for 30 minutes and dropped in the sea between the North's east coast and Japan.

Tensions are running high in the Korean peninsula, with President Trump warning last month that a "major, major conflict" with Pyongyang was possible.

However, the US President has also said he is open to talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

The launch is also the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea on Wednesday.

ROK President Moon Jae-in has said dialogue and pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North's weapons pursuit.

The test drew an immediate response from Seoul ad Tokyo, with the two leaders also talking over the phone to discuss a response.

In Seoul, presidential secretary Yoon Young-chan said ROK President Moon "expressed deep regret over the fact that this reckless provocation ... occurred just days after a new government was launched in South Korea".

"The president said we are leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating," he added.

In Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "North Korea's repeated missile launches are a grave threat to our country and a clear violation of UN resolutions."

It was not clear what type of ballistic missile was fired.

While North Korea regularly tests shorter-range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the US mainland.

The launch is the first in two weeks. The previous one ended in failure just minutes into flight.

By Katie Stallard, Asia Correspondent

North Korea's ambassador to the UK has told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at the time and place of its leader's choosing.

In his first interview in the role, ambassador Choe Il said his country would continue its ballistic missile and nuclear programmes in spite of intentional warnings against them, and dismissed UN sanctions as having no legal grounds, and no effect.

"In regards to the sixth nuclear test, I do not know the scheduled time for it, as I am here in the UK, not in my home country," Mr Choe said.

"However, I can say that the nuclear test will be conducted at the place and time as decided by our supreme leader, Kim Jong Un."

Sky News asked the ambassador whether he was concerned about the prospect of US military action, which President Donald Trump's administration has said is one of the options now being considered.

"If we were afraid of it, we probably would not have started conducting nuclear tests or launching ballistic missiles," the ambassador said.

He added: "We are developing our nuclear strength to respond to that kind of attack by the US.

"If the US attacks us, our military and people are fully ready to respond to any kind of attack."

He said a pre-emptive strike on his country would not be possible because they would turn US assets in the region "to ashes" at the first sign of movement towards an attack.

"The US cannot attack us first," the ambassador said, adding: "If the US moves an inch, then we are ready to turn to ashes any available strategic assets of the US."

Mr Trump has sent what he calls a "powerful armada" led by the USS Carl Vinson to the waters off the Korean Peninsula, where it has been carrying out exercises with South Korea's navy.

However, the White House approach is at odds with the ambition of the new liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has spoken of his desire to bring "integration, unity and harmony" to the country.

Believing that confrontation has done nothing to stop North Korea from expanding its nuclear arsenal, his desire for warmer ties with Pyongyang has caused some concern.

A former top diplomat for East Asia described the election of Mr Moon as presenting a "risk of tension and divergence of opinion" between the US and South Korea.

The United States is currently thought to be readying new sanctions in the event of another nuclear test.

But in his interview, the ambassador said his country had been living under sanctions for the last six decades, and more sanctions would make no difference to their nuclear ambitions.

He denied his government's pursuit of nuclear weapons was making the lives of his people harder.

"I do not think our nuclear development has made our people's lives difficult. Our nuclear power is a result of the US' hostile policy against us," the ambassador said.

"Our nuclear power is our sovereign right. It is the only way to protect the peace of the Korean Peninsula and the region."

He claimed UN Security Council sanctions were evidence of a double standard and had no basis in international law.

"The UN Security Council has been sanctioning against us whenever we launch missiles or satellites and carry out nuclear tests," he said.

"As the sanctions do not have any legal grounds, we do not care about them, nor accept them."

Sky News asked the ambassador whether his country would be prepared to stop anywhere short of a deliverable nuclear warhead - whether a formal peace treaty or the protection of China's nuclear deterrent would convince them to suspend their programme and return to negotiations.

"The only way to protect our country is that we strengthen our power enough to suppress any enemy countries," Mr Choe said.

"This is the only way to protect our peace and security. This is a lesson we felt in our bones."

He said his country had learned the lesson of US military interventions elsewhere.

"As you have read in newspapers, the US has been attacking only the weak countries, including Afghanistan and Libya," he said.

"They cannot actually attack the strong countries, although they talk about it.

"We have to have nuclear power. We have shown our strong military power and nuclear power this April. Because of our strong military power, the US could not attack us first."

This was a rare and frank interview, and the bottom line is clear - North Korea intends to continue pursuing nuclear weapons, regardless of the consequences

BREAKING : N.Korea SUCCESSFULLY test fire ballistic missile after a WARNING LETTER to the U.S.

By Katie Stallard, Asia Correspondent

North Korea's ambassador to the UK has told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at the time and place of its leader's choosing.

In his first interview in the role, ambassador Choe Il said his country would continue its ballistic missile and nuclear programmes in spite of intentional warnings against them, and dismissed UN sanctions as having no legal grounds, and no effect.

"In regards to the sixth nuclear test, I do not know the scheduled time for it, as I am here in the UK, not in my home country," Mr Choe said.

"However, I can say that the nuclear test will be conducted at the place and time as decided by our supreme leader, Kim Jong Un."

Sky News asked the ambassador whether he was concerned about the prospect of US military action, which President Donald Trump's administration has said is one of the options now being considered.

"If we were afraid of it, we probably would not have started conducting nuclear tests or launching ballistic missiles," the ambassador said.

He added: "We are developing our nuclear strength to respond to that kind of attack by the US.

"If the US attacks us, our military and people are fully ready to respond to any kind of attack."

He said a pre-emptive strike on his country would not be possible because they would turn US assets in the region "to ashes" at the first sign of movement towards an attack.

"The US cannot attack us first," the ambassador said, adding: "If the US moves an inch, then we are ready to turn to ashes any available strategic assets of the US."

Mr Trump has sent what he calls a "powerful armada" led by the USS Carl Vinson to the waters off the Korean Peninsula, where it has been carrying out exercises with South Korea's navy.

However, the White House approach is at odds with the ambition of the new liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has spoken of his desire to bring "integration, unity and harmony" to the country.

Believing that confrontation has done nothing to stop North Korea from expanding its nuclear arsenal, his desire for warmer ties with Pyongyang has caused some concern.

A former top diplomat for East Asia described the election of Mr Moon as presenting a "risk of tension and divergence of opinion" between the US and South Korea.

The United States is currently thought to be readying new sanctions in the event of another nuclear test.

But in his interview, the ambassador said his country had been living under sanctions for the last six decades, and more sanctions would make no difference to their nuclear ambitions.

He denied his government's pursuit of nuclear weapons was making the lives of his people harder.

"I do not think our nuclear development has made our people's lives difficult. Our nuclear power is a result of the US' hostile policy against us," the ambassador said.

"Our nuclear power is our sovereign right. It is the only way to protect the peace of the Korean Peninsula and the region."

He claimed UN Security Council sanctions were evidence of a double standard and had no basis in international law.

"The UN Security Council has been sanctioning against us whenever we launch missiles or satellites and carry out nuclear tests," he said.

"As the sanctions do not have any legal grounds, we do not care about them, nor accept them."

Sky News asked the ambassador whether his country would be prepared to stop anywhere short of a deliverable nuclear warhead - whether a formal peace treaty or the protection of China's nuclear deterrent would convince them to suspend their programme and return to negotiations.

"The only way to protect our country is that we strengthen our power enough to suppress any enemy countries," Mr Choe said.

"This is the only way to protect our peace and security. This is a lesson we felt in our bones."

He said his country had learned the lesson of US military interventions elsewhere.

"As you have read in newspapers, the US has been attacking only the weak countries, including Afghanistan and Libya," he said.

"They cannot actually attack the strong countries, although they talk about it.

"We have to have nuclear power. We have shown our strong military power and nuclear power this April. Because of our strong military power, the US could not attack us first."

This was a rare and frank interview, and the bottom line is clear - North Korea intends to continue pursuing nuclear weapons, regardless of the consequences

BREAKING : N.Korea SUCCESSFULLY test fire ballistic missile after a WARNING LETTER to the U.S.

North Korea Accuses Assassinations?

North Korea Despite strong warnings by the international community, North Korea April 28th, 2017 went through its ballistic missile launch although it has failed. It is a grave threat to the South Korea and Japan, and China even to the USA and other many countries. The world strongly condemns such acts. The world leaders U.S.A and Korea and Japan and many others have condemned such provocative action by means.

Yet, President Donald Trump stated that he would be absolutely honor to meet Kim Jong Un the DPRK leader, If it is under the right circumstances which means that he means that North Korea must Denuclearization is required.

Even so, North Korea accuses U.S., South Korea of Kim Jong Un Assassination plot. Is North Korea trying to saying that Kim Jong Nam Assassination by chemical weapon (poison niddle) by Kim Jong Un ????

North Korea’s military bases are underground and in mountains-making
any strike much harder

MOST of North Korea’s military bases are buried deep underground and in mountains.

“You may know what is on the surface, and you may have suspicions about other places, but there is no guarantee any strike at its nuclear facilities would take it all out. Then you run the danger of provoking them without disarming them.”

Political prisoners were used to dig 19ft wide tunnels deep into the granite Mantapsan mountain so nuclear weapons tests could be carried out.

Many died from radiation constructing the Punggye-ri site.

“You may know what is on the surface, and you may have suspicions about other places, but there is no guarantee any strike at its nuclear facilities would take it all out. Then you run the danger of provoking them without disarming them.”

Political prisoners were used to dig 19ft wide tunnels deep into the granite Mantapsan mountain so nuclear weapons tests could be carried out.

Many died from radiation constructing the Punggye-ri site.

Saving life and lives are the most important, therefore, U.S has been very carefully think and have chosen the best arms to taking care of South Korea. South Korea Militaries understand and they appreciate, South Korea should know USA has been support so many years for 3rd world countries even 6.25 1953 Korean war supported UN and USA. Now South Korea is in the high economic and should consider cooperate what it's requiring. If North Korea uses Nuclear weapon or ICBM, that is why the THAAD has been chosen to protet South Korea. China is not even effecting anythin it is all in the appropriate range, USA is intelligent enough to seriously choose for within the range although the nations should prevented before North Korea becomeing hobby for their Nuclear weapon making which is very critical situation.

The following icons are to view North Korea weapon site and mountain area everywhere you can see weapons and weapons after and ready for something.....High tech Google earth shows detail what it's look like....

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May 3rd,. 2017,

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund

To protect and save South Korea people and neighbor countries, U.S. Deploys the Most Advanced Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense System To South Korea U.S

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

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

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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 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, Retrieved May 3rd, 2017

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BREAKING NEWS | UPDATE:

North Korea test fires ballistic missile again.

TOKYO — North Korea fired another ballistic missile early Saturday morning, but it exploded within seconds of being launched, American and South Korean defense officials said.

Coinciding with renewed diplomatic and military pressure on North Korea from the Trump administration, this latest launch underscores both Kim Jong Un’s determination to make technical progress on his weapons programs and his defiance amid international pressure.

President Trump, who was briefed on the launch soon afterward, took to Twitter to reiterate his expectation that Chinese President Xi Jinping use his leverage to make Kim stop.

“North Korea disrespected the wishes of China its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!” he tweeted.

Trump has repeatedly called on China, North Korea’s neighbor and largest trading partner, to punish the regime in Pyongyang, and he has warned Xi that if he doesn’t act, the United States will.

But Ralph A. Cossa, president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Pacific Forum, said that the Trump administration appeared to be struggling to figure out how to deal with North Korea.

“When it comes to foreign policy, and Korea policy in particular, the Trump administration has had a pretty steep learning curve, and it has been a lot more curves than learning,” Cossa said.

Saturday’s launch marked the 75th missile test since Kim Jong Un became leader of North Korea at the end of 2011, according to a Nuclear Threat Initiative database.

American and South Korean defense officials said that the unidentified missile appears to have exploded soon after being launched at about 5 a.m. North Korea time.

Pukch'ang is known as Pukchang concentration camp (Hangeul: 북창 제18호 관리소, also spelled Bukchang) is a labor camp in North Korea for political prisoners. It is sometimes called Tŭkchang concentration camp (Hangeul: 득장 제18호 관리소, also Deukjang or Dukjang). The official name is Kwan-li-so (Penal-labor colony) No. 18. According to Hwang Jang-yop, the former leader of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Pukchang camp is the oldest North Korean prison camp and was already erected by 1958.=Like in Yodok camp there is one section for political prisoners in lifelong detention and another part similar to reeducation camps. Possibly these sections were completely separated earlier and therefore there are the two names Pukchang and Tukchang. While all the other political prison camps belong to the State Security Department, Pukchang camp is run by the Interior Ministry.= In some cases political prisoners were deported to Kaechon camp, while their relatives (parents, children, siblings, grandchildren) were deported to Pukchang camp. Only based on their kinship they are classified as politically unreliable and are imprisoned without any lawsuit or conviction.

The camp is around 73 km2 (28 sq mi) in area and is surrounded by a 4-metre-high (13 ft) fence.

There are several prison labor colonies with barracks for the prisoners and housing for the guards: the 4th, 5th, and 6th divisions. Family members are often allowed to live together. Around 50,000 prisoners live in Pukchang concentration camp. Kim Yong reported the presence of foreign prisoners, but there is no other source to confirm this.

Pukchang camp isolates politically unreliable persons from society. It was established to exploit the prisoners with hard and dangerous labor. Within the camp borders there are at least five coal mines, where all capable prisoners have to work from early in the morning to late in the evening. Furthermore, there is a cement factory and some other factories.

Kim Hye-sook has described the human rights situation in detail and testified to the Canadian Parliament and to the British Parliament. Rules in Pukchang camp seem to be slightly less strict compared to the human rights situation in other political prison camps. But also in this camp, prisoners are shot in cases of escape attempts, theft of food or violations of instructions. Kim witnessed more than 100 public executions per year with prisoners being tortured and then shot or hanged as a deterrent to the other prisoners.

The most common causes of death are malnutrition, work accidents and illnesses. Kim reported that in the 1990s her family only received 7 kg (15 lb) of corn per month and occasionally some bean paste (Doenjang) or salt. In order to survive they had to search for edible plants, leaves and insects.=

She saw many bodies of starved or executed people lying all around the roads and even reported cases of cannibalism. Since the prisoners have to work 16–18 hours in the mines every day without any protection, after few years most suffer from pneumoconiosis and many die from it. Kim developed a pulmonary tumor because of the inhaled dust. Work accidents often lead to limb amputations. Many children have frostbite, because they have no shoes and have to go barefoot even in winter.

Kim reported that the prisoners have no human rights and are treated at the guards’ mercy. To humiliate the prisoners, the guards would force them to get on their knees, and then spit into the prisoner's mouths and make them swallow the spit. If prisoners do not immediately obey, they are savagely beaten.The prisoners are monitored almost continuously by security agents and are urged to spy on each other and to denounce other prisoners.

April 28th, 2017, Arirang news Hwang Hojun also reported

North Korea launched another missile early Saturday morning, making it the regime's third successive, yet unsuccessful missile test since April.

According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile launch took place near Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do Province, just north of Pyongyang at 5:30 a.m, South Korea time.

The South Korean military labeled the test a failure as the missile initially flew in a northeasterly direction, reached an altitude of 71 kilometers, and exploded in the air minutes after launch.. the pieces falling into the East Sea.

The U.S. Pacific Command also confirmed the missile did not leave North Korean territory and did not pose a threat to North America.

The allies say they are analyzing additional information, but there's speculation the missile might have been a KN-15 intermediate-range ballistic missile, which Pyongyang calls the Pukguksong-2.

A U.S. official, who asked not to be named, said the missile could've also been a medium-range ballistic missile called a KN-17, a new Scud-type missile developed by North Korea.

The launch comes amid heightening tensions in the region, as the U.S docked a nuclear powered submarine in South Korea, deployed the U.S. naval strike group, led by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to the area, and staged large military drills with South Korea and Japan.

Seoul's foreign ministry has strongly condemned North Korea, saying the missile launch was a clear violation of UN resolutions, a grave threat to regional peace and security.

(KOREAN)

"This was a frontal attack to the international community's resolution to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, which displayed the belligerence and imprudence of Pyongyang."

U.S. President Donald Trump also reprimanded the missile launch through Twitter, describing it as North Korea "disrespecting" China and its President Xi Jinping.

Japan also denounced the launch as absolutely unacceptable and a violation of UN resolutions.

There was no immediate reaction from China.

The launch is North Korea's 50th-known round of ballistic missile firing since Kim Jong-un took power in late 2011.

North Korea has been conducting missile and nuclear weapons-related activities since the beginning of the year. A recent test launch underscores the country's determination to develop a nuclear weapons program despite international pressure to stop. North Korea ballistic missile test fails.

North Korea has been threatening USA and South Korea since many years ago via YouTube movie and making destroying countries movie with Nuclear which that has been growing harm and critical issues around the world and this movie has been shown via North Korea's Leaders birthday celebration and any celebration include unexpected nuclear tests and so on with that has been patient by U.S.A and South Korea and around the world. Still trying to get support from China and UN support to have constructive communication however, still making provocative testing and Song Tuen Reported that there is SOS report about the ballistic missile test will be done by weekly regardless UN Sections and China's special requests.

This is criitical issue and North Korea continue to threatening the world and neighboring countries as bulling their uranium and propane growing for weapon missile and bulling seems making the end the world by their possession of nuclear power. With small land for the North Korea, having nuclear power is not such proud things. It may end up destroying on their own land by their own nuclear weapon power. It will be wise to denuclearization as soon as possible when its constructive communication is available.

Meanwhile in order to protecting dangerous situation and global security and homeland security purpose which will defending, The U S Military could launch strikes against specific North Korean targets as early as next month if North Korea continues threats of nuclear weapons and long-range missile development.

Reported elevated readiness of Chinese, South Korean and U S military assets in the region have increased tensions and speculation about the likelihood of either the U S or North Korea launching a preemptive strike.

According to Youtube Mania, In this video, besides THAADD, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Launches, and B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Defense Updates looks at 5 weapons of US that North Korea should fear, and think about before any acts of aggression.

5 WEAPONS OF U.S. THAT NORTH KOREA MUST FEAR

Defense Updates.

According to Arirang News, Kwon Jang-ho April 30th, 2017, The U.S. reaffirmed they will pay for the cost of the THAAD deployment in South Korea, in accordance with the terms of their bilateral agreement.

Washington's national security advisor called Seoul on Sunday morning, after President Donald Trump's different comment about the future of the anti-missile battery.

The U.S. has confirmed once again that South Korea will not have to pay towards the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system, despite comments made by Donald Trump earlier this week.

Seoul's presidential office revealed that in a phone call on Sunday morning lasting 35 minutes, Trumps' national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, is said to have explained to his Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, that when Trump said he wanted to make Seoul pay for the costs, he was simply making general comments about the U.S. public's wishes on the issue.

McMaster is said to have assured Kim that Trump and Washington consider their alliance with South Korea the top priority in the Asia-Pacific region.

On Thursday, to the confusion of Seoul officials, Trump said in an interview with Reuters, that he had informed them that it was 'appropriate' for Korea to pay the bill for the system, which he estimated at costing a billion dollars. Trump repeated this stance, in an interview with the Washington Times on Friday. The battery is already close to being deployed, after the U.S. began moving key components to its designated location in Seongju County on Wednesday.

The defense ministry said the installation could be completed and fully operational in a matter of days, but it remains unclear whether that will happen before Korea's presidential election on May 9th. The future of the THAAD deployment has been a key topic among the candidates.

Sunday's call is hoped to have put the cost issue to rest once and for all, but that will depend on Trump and what he has to say about it next. Defense Updates.

Millitary defense updates information on USA Japan South Korea vs Russia China North Korea Military Power Comparison 2017.

Daily News reports that Pope made special statement -about the North Korea tensions escalate, Pope warns 'a good part of humanity will be DESTROYED' if the US and North Korea don't step back from the brink of war.

Meanwhile, Speaking of Humanity, Humanitarian transporation of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, B-Roll Stringer of CBRNE exercise conducted on Dover AFB flightline 26 APR 2017.

DPRK Denuclearization

In 1994, North Korea signed the U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework with the United States. North Korea thereby agreed to end its graphite-moderated nuclear reactor program, including the construction of a 200 MWe power reactor at Taechon, in exchange for the construction of two 1000-MWe light-water reactors at Kumho. Construction of these was started in 2000 by the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, but was suspended in November 2003. Under the Six-Party Talks held on 19 September 2005, North Korea pledged to end all its nuclear programs and return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, submitting to international inspections in return for benefits including energy aid and normalization of relations with Japan and the United States.

An empty machine shop in the then-disabled fuel fabrication facility at Yongbyon in 2008.

On 25 June 2008, it was announced that North Korea was to end its nuclear program; its nuclear declaration was to be handed over to China in Beijing on 26 June 2008.

The nuclear devices that North Korea already had, however, were to be handed over at a later date. Earlier, on 23 June, North Korea stated that it had begun to dismantle its nuclear program and declared that it would turn over all of its plans to the international community.

In 2009, Siegfried Hecker, the co-director of the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation, said that "prior to its April rocket launch, North Korea had discharged approximately 6,100 of the 8,000 fuel rods from its 5-megawatt reactor to the cooling pool, but disablement slowed to a crawl of 15 fuel rods/week, dragging out the projected completion of fuel unloading well into 2011."

Despite these apparent shutdown efforts, North Korea's nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 have called into question its denuclearization commitment. In April 2013, amid rising tensions with the West, North Korea stated that it would restart the mothballed Yongbyon facility and resume production of weapons-grade plutonium.

North Korea has a military nuclear weapons program, and possibly also chemical or biological weapons. Since 2003, North Korea is no longer a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The country has come under sanctions after conducting a number of nuclear tests, beginning in 2006. Yet, Year 2017, International Communities, UN, NATO, China, and USA is doing the best what is called, constructive communication for Peaceful solution. Some reason, North Korea continues to have nuclear tests which means, Peace nations is to wait for the North Korea's Nuclear sucess to kill innocent people and destroy the neighboring countries???? by that time, it may be too late to save the nations, like humanitarians and destroying the land and ocean. Maybe, it will be too dark to recover.....too many years have been giving stronger Nuk capabilities to North Korea. North Korea's denuclearization is in Maximum critical situation. North Korea does not care China's Communication.....

If The North Korea understand the Eco environmtal and shake hands and agree for DENUK as soon as possible????? then, everything will be all OK, even Trump and Pope will be happy :)) Why Not?

Meanwhile, Tensions between the US and North Korea have been increasing. But President Donald Trump has indicated he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ''under the right circumstances''.

Al Jazeera's James Bays reports from Washington, DC.

Sources:Hot News, Fox News, Song Tuen News , Arirang News, Defense Today, Military defense, Yahoo, Youtupe mania, Aidia Mj, wikipedia, AP, Youtube, RT, NATO, , and search

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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Session on D.P.R.K

April 28th, 2017.

Remarks at the United Nations Security Council
Ministerial Session on D.P.R.K.

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State
United Nations

New York City




April 28th, 2017

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Secretary General, for that most helpful briefing. I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States, and I thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council.

According to UN Security Council Resolution 2321, a stated objective of this council is North Korea’s abandonment of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

For the past 20 years, well-intentioned diplomatic efforts to halt these programs have failed. It is only by first dismantling them that there can be peace, stability, and economic prosperity for all of Northeast Asia.

With each successive detonation and missile test, North Korea pushes Northeast Asia and the world closer to instability and broader conflict.

The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real.

And it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland.

Indeed, the D.P.R.K. has repeatedly claimed it plans to conduct such a strike. Given that rhetoric, the United States cannot idly stand by. Nor can other members of this council who are within striking distance of North Korean missiles.

Having for years displayed a pattern of behavior that defies multiple UN Security Council resolutions, including 2321 and 2270, and erodes global progress on nuclear nonproliferation, there is no reason to think that North Korea will change its behavior under the current multilateral sanctions framework.

For too long, the international community has been reactive in addressing North Korea. Those days must come to an end.

Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences.

We have said this before and it bears repeating: the policy of strategic patience is over. Additional patience will only mean acceptance of a nuclear North Korea.

The more we bide our time, the sooner we will run out of it.

In light of the growing threat, the time has come for all of us to put new pressure on North Korea to abandon its dangerous path.

I urge this council to act before North Korea does.

We must work together to adopt a new approach and impose increased diplomatic and economic pressures on the North Korean regime.

The new campaign the United States is embarking on is driven by our own national security considerations, and it is welcomed by many nations who are concerned for their own security and question why North Korea clings to nuclear capabilities for which it has no need.

Our goal is not regime change. Nor do we desire to threaten the North Korean people or destabilize the Asia Pacific region. Over the years, we have withdrawn our own nuclear weapons from South Korea and offered aid to North Korea as proof of our intent to de-escalate the situation and normalize relations. Since 1995, the United States has provided over $1.3 billion dollars in aid to North Korea, and we look forward to resuming our contributions once the D.P.R.K. begins to dismantle its nuclear weapons and missile technology programs.

The D.P.R.K., for its own sake, must dismantle its nuclear and missile programs if it wants to achieve the security, economic development, and international recognition that it seeks. North Korea must understand that respect will never follow recklessness. North Korea must take concrete steps to reduce the threat that its illegal weapons programs pose to the United States and our allies before we can even consider talks.

I propose all nations take these three actions beginning today:

First, we call on UN member-states to fully implement the commitments they have made regarding North Korea. This includes all measures required in Resolutions 2321 and 2270.

Those nations which have not fully enforced these resolutions fully discredit this body.

Second, we call on countries to suspend or downgrade diplomatic relations with North Korea. North Korea exploits its diplomatic privileges to fund its illicit nuclear and missile technology programs, and constraining its diplomatic activity will cut off a flow of needed resources. In light of North Korea’s recent actions, normal relations with the D.P.R.K. are simply not acceptable.

Third, we must increase North Korea’s financial isolation. We must levy new sanctions on D.P.R.K. entities and individuals supporting its weapons and missile programs, and tighten those that are already in place. The United States also would much prefer countries and people in question to own up to their lapses and correct their behavior themselves, but we will not hesitate to sanction third-country entities and individuals supporting the D.P.R.K.’s illegal activities.

We must bring maximum economic pressure by severing trade relationships that directly fund the D.P.R.K.’s nuclear and missile program. I call on the international community to suspend the flow of North Korean guest workers and to impose bans on North Korean imports, especially coal.

We must all do our share, but China accounting for 90 percent of North Korean trade, China alone has economic leverage over Pyongyang that is unique, and its role is therefore particularly important. The U.S. and China have held very productive exchanges on this issue, and we look forward to further actions that build on what China has already done.

Lastly, as we have said before, all options for responding to future provocation must remain on the table. Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by a willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action if necessary. We much prefer a negotiated solution to this problem. But we are committed to defending ourselves and our allies against North Korean aggression.

This new pressure campaign will be swiftly implemented and painful to North Korean interest.

I realize some nations for which a relationship with North Korea has been in some ways a net positive may be disinclined to implement the measures of pressure on North Korea.

But the catastrophic effects of a North Korean nuclear strike outweigh any economic benefits. We must be willing to face the hard truths and make hard choices right now to prevent disastrous outcomes in the future.

Business as usual is not an option.

There is also a moral dimension to this problem. Countries must know by now that helping the North Korean regime means enabling cruelty and suffering.

North Korea feeds billions of dollars into a nuclear program it does not need while its own people starve.

The regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons does not serve its own national security or the well-being of a people trapped in tyranny.

I ask the community of nations to help us preserve security and protect human dignity.

In one of my first trips as America’s Secretary of State, I looked across the DMZ at the haunted land of North Korea. Beyond the border is a nation of sorrow, frozen in time. While the world sees the gleaming buildings of Pyongyang, the blight of oppression and starvation has swept this land for over 60 years.

But even though the present condition of that country is bleak, the United States believes in a future for North Korea. These first steps toward a more hopeful future will happen most quickly if other stakeholders in this – in the region and the global security join us.

For years, North Korea has been dictating the terms of its dangerous course of action.

It is time for us to retake control of the situation.

We ask the members of this council and all other partners to implement a new strategy to denuclearize North Korea.

Thank you.

I resume my function now as president of the council. I now give the floor to His Excellency, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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According to Time Report, The U.N. Security Council has already imposed sanctions on North Korea, NBC reports, and the State Department said Friday's meeting will focus on how to enforce them. "It is incumbent on every member of the U.N. to carry out or to enforce those sanctions to the utmost," Mark Toner, acting State Department spokesman, said. "That is something we have been conveying to allies and partners in the region. That is something that we have obviously been conveying to China."

CCTV Reports The UN Security Council held a special meeting on Friday to discuss the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear issue.

Many UN Representative participated besides, Secretary of State Tillerson as scheduled to be the Chair for this session, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and foreign ministers or vice foreign ministers of Britain, Russia, Senegal and Japan, South Korea foreign minister Yun Byung-se, Japane Foreign Minister, Kishida, in addition, there were many other countries participated for this special session: United Kingdom, Kazakshstan, Russian Federation, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Uruguay, France, Bolivia, Egypt, China, South Korea, Japan, and United State of America.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres briefed the ministerial meeting, which is chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month.

"We need to avoid miscalculation and misunderstanding. We need to act now to prevent conflicts and achieve sustainable peace," said Guterres.

The UN chief said the tension of the Korean Peninsula is alarming and urged the DPRK not to conduct missile tests any more. He also called for the international community to work together to reopen dialogue to avoid risks of misjudgment.

Tillerson said the United States and China have made efforts on the issue and called for further actions.

"The United States and China have held very productive exchanges on this issue and we look forward to further actions that build on what China has already done," said Tillerson.

The U.S. presidency received a request from the Republic of Korea (ROK) to participate in and its foreign minister Yun Byung-se will speak after the 15 council members, saying that South Korea will take measures to bring the DPRK back to negotiating table.

"In order to change such strategic calculus of Pyongyang and induce changes from within, we could take potent measures such as halting the export and supply of crude oil to North Korea, completely cutting off North Korea's hard currency earnings by, for instance, suspending all imports of coal from North Korea and seriously considering whether North Korea is serial offender, is qualified as a member of the United Nations, as well as downgrading diplomatic relations with North Korea. Let me be clear: our goal is not to bring North Korea to its knees, but to bring it back to the negotiating table for denuclearization," said the foreign minister.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov stressed that use of military force is unacceptable to solve the DPRK nuclear issue.

"Use of military force is absolutely unacceptable as it will bring disastrous consequence to the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia. We should resort to diplomatic means to ease the current situation as much as possible. All the relevant parties should keep calm, exercise restraint and avoid conducting any move that may escalate the tension," said Gatilov.

The UN Security Council held a special meeting on Friday to discuss the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear issue.

Many UN Representative participated besides, Secretary of State Tillerson as scheduled to be the Chair for this session, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and foreign ministers or vice foreign ministers of Britain, Russia, Senegal and Japan, South Korea foreign minister Yun Byung-se, Japane Foreign Minister, Kishida, in addition, there were many other countries participated for this special session: United Kingdom, Kazakshstan, Russian Federation, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Uruguay, France, Bolivia, Egypt, China, South Korea, Japan, and United State of America.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres briefed the ministerial meeting, which is chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month.Secretary of State USA, Rex Tillerson Urges International Response to N. Korea

UN Secretary General Strongly Condemn North Korea - Full Speech.

Japan Statement on North Korea at UN Security Council.

China on North Korea at UN Security Council.

Republic of Korea Statement on North Korea at UN Security Council

United Kingdom Statement on North Korea at UN Security Council

Senegal Ethiopia Kazakhstan Statement on North Korea at UN Security Council

Sweden Italy Statement on North Korea at UN Security Council

France Statement on North Korea at UN Security Council

Russia Statement on North Korea at UN Security Council

Bolivia Egypt Statement on North Korea at UN Security Council

"We need to avoid miscalculation and misunderstanding. We need to act now to prevent conflicts and achieve sustainable peace," said Guterres.

The UN chief said the tension of the Korean Peninsula is alarming and urged the DPRK not to conduct missile tests any more. He also called for the international community to work together to reopen dialogue to avoid risks of misjudgment.

Tillerson said the United States and China have made efforts on the issue and called for further actions.

"The United States and China have held very productive exchanges on this issue and we look forward to further actions that build on what China has already done," said Tillerson.

The U.S. presidency received a request from the Republic of Korea (ROK) to participate in and its foreign minister Yun Byung-se will speak after the 15 council members, saying that South Korea will take measures to bring the DPRK back to negotiating table.

"In order to change such strategic calculus of Pyongyang and induce changes from within, we could take potent measures such as halting the export and supply of crude oil to North Korea, completely cutting off North Korea's hard currency earnings by, for instance, suspending all imports of coal from North Korea and seriously considering whether North Korea is serial offender, is qualified as a member of the United Nations, as well as downgrading diplomatic relations with North Korea. Let me be clear: our goal is not to bring North Korea to its knees, but to bring it back to the negotiating table for denuclearization," said the foreign minister.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov stressed that use of military force is unacceptable to solve the DPRK nuclear issue.

"Use of military force is absolutely unacceptable as it will bring disastrous consequence to the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia. We should resort to diplomatic means to ease the current situation as much as possible. All the relevant parties should keep calm, exercise restraint and avoid conducting any move that may escalate the tension," said Gatilov.

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Sources: Secretary of State USA, Arirang News, Defense Today, Yahoo, Youtupe mania, wikipedia, AP, Alzeezara and search

catch4all.com, Sandra Englund,April 28th, 2017,
Rev. April 24, 2017

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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.

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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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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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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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