Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Russian Federation blocks Security Council response to North Korea's failed missile test

Former defense officials like Abraham Denmark believe that neutralizing test missiles would lead to an escalation that could possibly be deeply impactful for South Korea and Japan, two U.S. allies in the region.

North Korea will continue to test missiles regularly and any military action against it by the United States would prompt "all-out war", a senior North Korean official tells the BBC.

The senator said North Korea was a topic when he had lunch with President Donald Trump.

Planned fiscal stimulus from Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress could pose an "upside risk" to the US economy, Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George says, adding she is not yet forecasting it will materialize.

US Vice President Mike Pence reassured Japan of American commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions on Tuesday, after warning that US strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve.

Before the free trade agreement between the two countries took effect in 2012, South Korea's trade surplus against the United States stood at $11.6 billion at end-2011. South Korea hosts 28,500 USA troops to counter the threat from the North.

Pointing to Trump's recent military actions in Syria and Afghanistan, Pence said, "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve", or the USA armed forces in the region.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the situation was extremely sensitive and aggravation should be avoided. he also wanted that if a war did start it would quickly get out of control. While there is nothing new about North Korea's militant posturing against the United States, this time the rhetoric has reached a much higher, even nerve-wrecking pitch.

Thornton said any new North Korean nuclear test "would draw a pretty significant worldwide response". China, he said with a bluntness that is rare here, had fundamentally botched its policy on the divided Korean Peninsula.

"At the same time dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure". "China's stance on this is unswerving", Lu said.

According to a report in Guardian on Tuesday, the United States is exploring ways short of war to pressure the country into denuclearisation, particularly if Pyongyang goes forward with a sixth nuclear test.

The probability of Aegis interceptors missing a North Korean target would be embarrassing for the USA and embolden Pyongyang. "Everybody's been outplayed, they've all been outplayed by this gentleman and we'll see what happens". The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe ongoing large-scale USA and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

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

Speaking with reporters on his way to the Middle East, Mattis said the most recent test was not an intercontinental ballistic missile but still a reckless move, reported Reuters.

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

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