On Sunday, The United States directly showed off their military prowess against the Pacific and the Korean Peninsula in the response to the North Korea’s launch on this Friday of a missile capable to reach the U.S. mainland, a test Pyongyang said that the war a “stern warning” for the Washington to back off from the threats and more sanctions.
In the sign that the tensions are spiraling upward rapidly, the United States strictly flew two supersonic B-1 bombers over the Korean Peninsula as part of the joint exercise with the Japan and the South Korea. And the U.S. forces conducted the successful missile defense test over the Pacific Ocean and sending aloft from Alaska the medium-range ballistic missile that it was detected, tracked and intercepted using the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System.
The sense that the time was running out of the confrontation with the North Korea was reinforced when the Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador of the United Nations, retweeted the photo of the bomber drills and wrote, in her own words, “Done talking about the NKorea. China is aware that they must act. On Japan & the SKorea must inc pressure. Not only a US problem.”
Amid the show of the force by the United States and their allies, the North Korea said that it would respond them with a “resolute act of the” if it were provoked either militarily and economically.
“In case if the U.S. fails to come to its own senses and the continues to resort to tie military adventure and ‘tough sanctions,’ the DPRK will also respond with their resolute act of the justice,” the state-run’s the Korean Central News Agency quoted the Foreign Ministry spokesman saying that using the acronym for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of the Korea.
The spokesman said that the United States should have been wake up from the foolish dream from the doing of any harm to the DPRK,” and they warned Washington against the preemptive of nuclear strike.
“If the Yankees … the dare brandish of the nuclear stick on this land again … the DPRK will clearly teach them the manners with the nuclear strategic force,” as said by the spokesman.
The Trump administration’s frustration has rapidly grown exponentially in this recent days, since Pyongyang on Friday conducted their second successful test of the intercontinental ballistic missile. Though it landed off on the Japanese coast, experts said that if the missile had flown in the lower arc that it could have reached the U.S. mainland.
The U.S. officials have been trying to get the China, the North Korea’s main trading partner and the economic lifeline, to exert pressure on their neighbor. The Secretary of the State Rex Tillerson has called the Beijing and the Moscow the “principal economic enablers” of the Pyongyang. Though the China voted the last year for the harsh U.N. sanctions against the country’s leaders and the state-tied companies, it fears that the destabilized regime would have send the refugees flooding across the border and has urged dialogue as the official pragmatic approach.
On Saturday, Donald Trump berated China, tweeting that “they will do just NOTHING for us with the North Korea, just talk. We will not be any more longer with who will allow this to continue.” And the Vice President Mike Pence, traveling this Sunday to the Estonia, told by the reporters that “all options are on the table.”
The continued provocations by the rogue regime in North Korea are unacceptable, and the United States of America is going to continue to marshal the support of nations across the region and of across the world to further isolate the North Korea economically and the diplomatically,” Pence said.
North Korea tested its first nuclear weapon in 2006 and has been burdened with six sets of U.N. sanctions since then. The North claims its weapons are for defensive purposes. But a series of missile launches and tests conducted since Kim Jong Un came to power have increased concern that North Korea may be closing in on the ability to fit a nuclear weapon on a missile’s nose cone.
The North Korean leader himself had openly boasted about that the more missile tests will be coming. In late this year March, he vowed to send the “bigger gift package to the Yankees,” the state-run media reported.
“Many People have been warning about the North Korean the ICBM from the last 20 years,” Joseph Cirincione, the president of the Ploughshares Fund, said this on Sunday on ABC’s earlier in this Week.” “But if the wolf is at the door. This is a very real threat to the United States.”
The Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaking on the CBS’ “Face the Nation,” called the North Korea a “clear and the present danger” that must be taken very seriously.
“I’m convinced about the North Korea has never been moved at the speed that this leader has to develop the ICBM to put at solid fuel, to have the interesting launch device, and to have the trajectory which, as of the latest analysis, would be enable it to go about the 6,000 miles and one maybe even hit as far east as the Chicago,” she said in his statement. “We can’t have that any more.”
Feinstein said that she had hoped John F. Kelly, the incoming White House chief of the staff who starts his new position on this Monday, would be able to begin their negotiations with the Pyongyang that would eventually end their nuclear program.
For now, however, worried capitals are just focusing on the bulking up their militaries. South Korea announced that this Saturday it will start talks with the White House about the building the more powerful ballistic missiles capable of striking towards the North.
And the U.S. military was blunt in its assessment of the threat posed by North Korea. In a statement accompanying the departure of the two B-1 bombers from Guam to the Korean Peninsula, the Pacific Air Forces commander, Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, called the country the “most urgent threat to regional stability.”
“If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing,” he said.