Abe, Trump agree on close coordination over N. Korea issues

Posted April 10, 2017

On the morning of April 5 in Asia, officials in South Korea and the United States discovered that North Korea had launched yet another projectile missile towards Japan.

"We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the USA evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force", it said.

"North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile".

Japan has lodged a protest following a reported North Korea ballistic missile launch.

North Korea's missile launch Wednesday came just days after it warned it will "mercilessly smash the enemy's (South Korea and the U.S.) moves with its own style of special operation and preemptive attack" in retaliation to the joint drills by South Korea-U.S. special operations teams in Seoul.

The comments by the president came weeks after Tillerson had also declared during a visit to Asia that the USA policy of "strategic patience has ended".

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States wants to work with China on the North Korean nuclear issue, but hinted at the possibility that Washington would unilaterally strengthen pressure on Pyongyang if Beijing does not cooperate in reining in its unpredictable neighbor.

"Before the end of President Trump's current term, the North Koreans will probably be able to reach Seattle with an indigenously produced nuclear weapon aboard an indigenously produced intercontinental ballistic missile, "Michael Hayden, who served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency between 2006 to 2009, said Tuesday while speaking at Johns Hopkins University". While submarines are also a stealthy way to do that, North Korea doesn't have enough of them. "We have no further comment", he said in a statement.

The first and most controversial course of action under consideration is placing USA nuclear weapons in South Korea.

The meeting comes amid speculation that the North may carry out a major provocation including an additional nuclear test.

The leaked proposals could be aimed at persuading Xi into pressuring North Korea - its ally and trade partner - to face the music and come back to the table over its nuclear weapons program, former USA ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens told the Herald.

Mr Trump said: "China has great influence over North Korea".

The hardened USA stance followed recent North Korean missile launches that Pyongyang described as practice for an attack on U.S. bases in Japan.

A White House official also said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" for the US, though the official would not say what steps Trump was willing to take to curb dictator Kim Jong Un's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

The North Koreans use Sinpo shipyard for their submarine activity, and United States satellites have observed increased activity there in recent days, a second USA official said.

The U.S. Pacific Command says North Korea fired a medium-range ballistic missile at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday Seoul time from a spot on its east coast near the city of Sinpo.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is describing USA goals to defeat the Islamic State group as well as oust Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) as somewhat "simultaneous". "President Obama did that with the deployment of THAAD", he said.