US says Korea war games must go on

  • US says Korea war games must go on

US says Korea war games must go on

Numerous newly sanctioned parties are targeted for trading resources with North Korea.

"We need to practice because we're still at war with North Korea and people are insensitive to threats", said Hwang Jae-min, a 30-year-old prison guard who happened to be watching a movie at a Seoul cinema complex when a siren heralded the beginning of the drill.

"We must continue to isolate the regime, cut off its economic activity and pressure nations, particularly China and Russian Federation, whose companies and citizens help the North generate the resources used to further its aggressive nuclear programme", said Congressman Dan Donovan who serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The Trump administration's emphasis on exercising a possible military option to prevent North Korea from developing a nuclear inter-continental ballistic missile has raised concerns in the region that the United States might initiate a catastrophic conflict on the Korean Peninsula that could kill millions of people living near the border region of South Korea in a matter of days.

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang escalated earlier this month after reports that North Korea had developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside one of its missiles.

But a week later, Trump shared a Tweet, writing: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision".

The ongoing drills and visits of U.S. military officials to South Korea create the circumstances for a "mock war" on the Korean peninsula, KCNA said.

But on June 29 - only nine days after that friendly message - the USA placed sanctions on a Chinese bank, a Chinese company, and two Chinese individuals due to their North Korea ties.

"All the defenses are already in place" such as the Aegis missile defense system, Raymond Tenorio told a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo.

The head of the U.S. military's Pacific Command said diplomacy was key.

These comments can be taken just as intimidation, but should not be overlooked as North Korea has been threatening for quite a while now to launch missiles toward areas around Guam.

Concept diagrams of the missiles could be seen hanging on walls behind the North Korean leader as he was photographed inspecting the work of the country's Chemical Material Institute of The Academy of Defence Science.

"As far as a timeline, it would be insane for me to share with you those tripwires in advance".

He said: "Corruption is rife, so that by the time senior military officers have taken their share of food provisions to sell for profit on the private market, there is next to nothing left for ordinary soldiers".

Number one on that list should be an offer to curtail the military exercises that began in late August and will pick up again-with a far greater number of troops-next spring.

Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of US forces in the Pacific, said the drills are critical for maintaining readiness against an aggressive North Korea.

"If I understand North Korean propaganda, this is their way of telling us what we'll see in the air in the coming year".

"I don't think they will quickly agree on negotiations", Mr Zhu said of North Korea. "We have never threatened the DPRK with any attacks and we have never promoted the use of force".