North Korea: US 'begging' for war with 'largest ever' joint aerial drill

Trevor Jackson
December 4, 2017

Trump has said he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about Pyongyang's "provocative actions", and he vowed that additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea.

South Korea's military is pushing for a broader three-pronged defense platform against the North's threats and provocations - the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system, the Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD), and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) scheme.

North Korea claimed it carried out successful a missile test last week, two months after its most recent launch attempt. North Korea's latest missile is believed by experts to be capable of reaching all parts of the continental U.S. Despite its range, though, reports say U.S. officials now believe the missile likely did not survive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

White House national security adviser HR McMaster said Saturday that North Korea represents "the greatest immediate threat to the United States" and that the potential for war with the communist nation is growing each day.

It was the country's third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, but the first of what North Korea is calling its Hwasong-15 missile.

"North Korea is continuing to pursue its ICBM in a methodical and pragmatic manner, making progress in incremental steps", said Joseph Bermudez from 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project.

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At the tire factory, Kim complimented workers for manufacturing the large-size tires for the nine-axle missile truck without relying on imported equipment and called for efforts to raise production to "satisfy the daily-increasing needs in developing the country's economy and beefing up national defense capabilities", the North's official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday.

Graham said this development showed conflict is approaching.

"It's insane to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea".

North Korean monitoring group 38 North said the tremors could be an indication of "Tired Mountain Syndrome" - a condition where rock becomes increasingly permeable following a below-ground nuclear blast.

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Technical analysis of the missile flight is ongoing, but the U.S. official said "the North Koreans had problems with re-entry".

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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