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US sets up missile defence in S. Korea as North shows power

Reports of N Korea artillery drill as US submarine docks in South US sets up missile defence in S. Korea as North shows power
Eleena Tovar | 26 Abril, 2017, 15:51

Trump also has sought to press Chinese President Xi Jinping to exert greater pressure on North Korea, given China's status as the country's economic lifeline and sole major ally.

The Trump administration has taken the unusual step of calling the entire US Senate to a meeting at the White House, for a briefing on North Korea with the US secretaries of Defense and State.

All 100 senators, who are more used to meeting on Capitol Hill, have been invited to the President's official residence by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The drills coincided with military exercises held by US and South Korean navies in the Yellow Sea, off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula and as the USS Michigan, one of US's most powerful submarines, arrived in South Korea.

They will take place in the East Sea, the South's name for the Sea of Japan, it said, and the two allies will also begin joint naval exercises in the West Sea on today "in relation to the current security situation".

Japan's envoy on North Korea, Kenji Kanasugi, said after talks with his US and South Korean counterparts that they all agreed China should take a concrete role to resolve the crisis and it could use an oil embargo as a tool to press the North.

"This is a real threat to the world", Mr Trump said while hosting UN Security Council ambassadors at the White House.

"The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on the North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programmes".

"Statements that feed hatred and polarization do nothing but undermine opportunities to improve the dire situation of ordinary North Koreans", the human rights expert stressed.

An official from Seoul's Defence Ministry couldn't confirm such details.

Hence, as Bob Gallucci teaches us, we must negotiate with North Korea multilaterally, because the plurality of actors sitting at the same negotiating table does not enable North Korea to threaten us or wring concessions from the United States alone.

North Korea reacted badly to news of the Carl Vinson deployment, promising a "super-mighty pre-emptive strike", while China has tried to act as peacemaker, urging calm in the region.

At the same time, the United States has ordered an aircraft carrier strike group to the western Pacific, near North Korea.

North Korea often marks significant dates with show of military capability, and South Korean officials have said the North could be preparing another round of nuclear or missile tests around the anniversary.

A ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper is warning North Korea against conducting another nuclear test, saying that would likely propel events past the "point of no return".

The North wants bilateral talks with the U.S.in order to gain the superpower's acceptance of its nuclear program and a guarantee of survival for the regime of its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Analysts warned against reading too much into the exercises with conventional weaponry, noting that North Korea's annual winter training cycle culminates in big exercises every year around this time.

Fears have risen in recent weeks that North Korea could conduct another nuclear test or long-range missile launch, in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

The Trump administration is also upping the ante diplomatically.

Top policy envoys for North Korea from South Korea, Japan and the USA are meeting in Tokyo.

They also agreed that China plays a key roles in pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, something President Trump and his administration have continuously emphasized.