Japan's Tough Choices As North Korean Missiles Fly

by Abel Hampton September 20, 2017, 0:10
Japan's Tough Choices As North Korean Missiles Fly

Monday's flyovers came three days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in apparent defiance of USA -led worldwide pressure on the country.

The warplanes were dispatched after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan on Thursday, triggering a widespread emergency alert for those who call the region home.

Speaking at a meeting with South Korean expats in NY, the president said that while US military bases in South Korea are for the common good of the two sides, there could be disputes over sharing defense costs.

Threatening action or rhetoric can not help resolve the situation on the Korean peninsula, China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after United States (US) Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted about the existence of military options on North Korea.

China's Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily, has criticized the United States for demanding that Beijing put more pressure on North Korea to rein in its weapons programs. "None of us want war", she said on CNN.

A screengrab from the footage taken of North Korea's missile test.

The North Korean won's exchange rate also reportedly remains stable.

Some leaders will also push Trump not to give up on a 2015 deal curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for a lifting of UN, US and European sanctions, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was time to "fix it - or cancel it".

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Trump, who has spent two nights at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., also revealed that he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who will join Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a trilateral dinner this week in NY to collaborate on addressing North Korea's growing nuclear and ballistic missile threats.

"President Moon is implementing strong reform policies to resolve daunting, major issues ranging from eradicating deep-rooted problems that exist in the political and economic system to addressing the North Korean nuclear crisis and creating jobs", the Atlantic Council said.

Mattis said after Kim tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this month that the USA would answer any threat from the North with a "massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming".

The defence ministry also clarified its assessment that said the North was "near the final phase" of its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development, and "will continue provocations including additional nuclear tests and missile launches in order to secure nuclear capabilities", Yonhap News Agency reported.

Officials in Germany, which holds an election Sunday, have been adamant that there must be a diplomatic solution.

State media on Saturday quoted Kim as saying that North Korea's final goal "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the USA and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option" for the North.

The United States often sends such high-tech, powerful aircraft in a show of force in times of heightened animosities with North Korea. After the drills, the F-35B jets and B-1B bombers returned to their bases in Japan and Guam respectively, the sources said.


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