US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster'

Xavier Trudeau
Mai 18, 2017

Tasha Rine, a registered nurse from Kenai, Alaska, said the threat from North Korea was a "little too close for comfort". He has to stop any nuclear programs that he has.

It has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the USA mainland, and experts say Sunday's test was another step toward that aim.

Haley said a plan is still in the works between the US, Japan, South Korea and China - North Korea's only major ostensible ally - to halt North Korea's progress on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Haley answered Putin and others who have made similar comments about the United States: "What about North Korea intimidating us?"

"It is actually North Korea trying to intimidate the global community", Haley said, "and Russian Federation itself should be concerned because that ballistic missile test was a signal to South Korea for their new elections, it was a signal to Russian Federation in how close it got, it was a signal to Japan being in the region, and it was a signal to us".

"If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea, we will call you out on it", Haley said.

"Absolutely, sanctions (are) something that we are looking at and we are going to continue to see where that takes us".

South Korean Defence Minister Han Min-koo told parliament Sunday's test-launch was "successful in flight".

A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, as the UN Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss tightening sanctions on Pyongyang.

Asked whether North Korea's missile program was developing faster than expected, he said: "Yes".

"The risky behavior by North Korea is not just a threat to the Korean peninsula... it's a threat to China, it's a threat to Russia", Harris told a an academic forum in Tokyo.

She said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "paranoid" and thinks that the United States is trying to promote regime change and that there are people trying to assassinate him.

North Korea's foreign ministry rejected the statement, saying it infringed on its right to self-defence, particularly as the missile was sacked at a sharp angle to ensure the safety of neighboring countries.

Any country that did not look at putting new sanctions on North Korea was, in effect, helping the isolated nation, she said. "We don't have it done yet", Haley said.

The Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has stiffened them in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have ramped up in recent weeks with the Trump administration saying military action was an option under consideration and the North threatening massive retaliation.

Earlier this month naval exercises were conducted in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, with South Korean and Japanese aircraft also taking part.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's missile defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, the same system recently installed in South Korea.

Besides worries about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link Pyongyang with the WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday.

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