Friday, 24 November, 2017

Korea warns USA of "merciless revenge" for drill with S. Korea

Korea warns USA of Korea warns USA of "merciless revenge" for drill with S. Korea
Christy Curtis | 23 August, 2017, 00:58

Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month that appeared to bring much of the U.S. within range. Footage of North Korea's successful missile tests of the Hwasong-14 ICBM are followed by an animated sequence that zooms in on the territory of Guam from space. Experts warned Pyongyang could still go ahead with the missile launches.

North Korea made comments about potentially targeting Guam after Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang should it threaten USA security.

The new restrictions seek to further reduce the flow of money to North Korea's weapons development, which is partially financed by selling coal and other natural resources.

Chief of Army Angus Campbell last week denied there would be any risk to the Australian military personnel participating in the annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian war games which will run until August 31.

Around 17,500 USA troops will participate in the drills - a cutback from a year ago.

"We hope that this is the beginning of this signal that we have been looking for, that they are ready to restrain their level of tensions, they're ready to restrain their provocative acts", Tillerson said, "and that perhaps we are seeing our pathway to sometime in the near future having some dialogue".

Harris' comments come amid continued tensions on the Korean Peninsula, with Washington and Pyongyang trading heated rhetoric and dueling threats.

North Korea and the United States accused each other on Tuesday of posing a nuclear threat, with Pyongyang's envoy declaring it would never put its atomic arsenal up for negotiation.

The top USA military commander in charge of the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday stressed the importance of diplomacy in efforts to resolve the North Korea issue.

Harris said he believed the McCain's collision would not affect the USA military's ability "to defend the (Korean) peninsula and our interest in the region".

"We are taking actions consistent with United Nations sanctions to show that there are consequences for defying sanctions and providing support to North Korea, and to deter this activityin the future", he said.

According to the United States and South Korea, the drills are meant as a deterrent to North Korean aggression. -South Korean military drills that it claims are an invasion rehearsal, senior USA military commanders on Tuesday dismissed calls to pause or downsize exercises they called crucial to countering a clear threat from Pyongyang.

Last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told 3AW that an ANZUS treaty would be invoked and Australia would send troops to the aid of the USA "if there is an attack" on the ally, prompting an angry response from North Korea.

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