Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

North Korea Celebrates Big Holiday With Simulated Nuclear Strike On America


After meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders, Pence told reporters that President Donald Trump was confident that economic and diplomatic pressure has a chance of compelling North Korea to cooperate.

He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail but a n official said the missile was a Scud variant that the U.S. calls a KN-17.

Pence's visit to Japan comes amid the aggravation of the situation on the Korean peninsula with the South Korea and U.S. military reporting April 16 that they had witnessed what they believe to be a failed missile test by Pyongyang which followed a number of missile launches and nuclear tests by Pyongyang considered to be in violation with the UN Security Council resolution. He warned the North, which has conducted missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions, that the "era of strategic patience" was over. Do you really want North Korea to have a missile that can hit California with a nuclear weapon on top of it.

Trump has been pressuring China, North Korea's benefactor, to help defuse the situation but has also warned that the USA will settle the issue alone if other countries won't help.

North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

He added: "But at the same time dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue". "If those businessmen in power in the U.S. thought of intimidating us by any military or sanction threats-as the [Barack] Obama administration used to do and failed-they will soon find out such threats are useless", Sin said.

Pence told reporters Monday that Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program.

While Pence assured both South Korea and Japan of our continued support, in our article on April 11 we posed the following question: "Why should the United States bear the heavy financial cost and risk of involving American servicemen in an Asian war by maintaining a large military presence in Asia, when we could sell (not give, but sell) weapons to our allies so they can defend themselves?" The high-profile failure came as the North tried to showcase its nuclear and missile capabilities around the birth anniversary of the North's late founder and as a USA aircraft carrier neared the Korean Peninsula.

The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations.

"Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?"

In a VOA interview, he said "our allies want to see us react and want to see us get tougher, and not just let these things roll off our back".

Mr Mattis condemned the attempted missile launch as he began a Middle East tour, telling reporters travelling with him to Saudi Arabia: "The leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile".

The North regularly launches short-range missiles, but is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target US troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two previous year.

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