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United States unleashes bombers in 'North Korea air strike drill'

13 July 2017

North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile test has shifted the dynamic in the confrontation with Washington over its nuclear and missile programmes.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the long-range heavy bombers flew close to the tense and heavily militarised land border with the North before turning back.

Two U.S. Air Force bombers released inert weapons Friday on a training range in South Korea.

Well, no, not really.

Dealing with North Korea is always going to be hard, and the U.S. has to convince Pyongyang that while it will never accept it having nuclear weapons, it has no intention of overthrowing the regime.

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Trump said flatly that Kim would not be allowed to develop a nuclear missile that could hit the U.S. Wrong, but entirely honest. The ICBM was launched on a lofted trajectory so that it fell short of Japan.

The Trump administration has also responded by stating that North Korea has exhausted America's "strategic patience", and that military strikes against the Stalinist regime are now a possibility.

Everyone seems to have forgotten, or ignores, that North Korea, South Korea and the United States remain in a state of war. Blue House National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong, who worked until late at night after the dinner to coordinate the statement's wording with the United States and Japan, said the reference was "based on the determination that it would not be diplomatically appropriate to single out a particular country by name". In April, he violated a campaign promised by opting against the move, saying explicitly his reversal was meant to encourage China's cooperation on North Korea. He has already conducted five nuclear tests and has a small stockpile of atomic bombs. And though the North Korean regime lies and blusters a lot, you can believe it about this.

It is not clear that the current leader of North Korea shares that fear of self-destruction.

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The issue was a frequent topic of discussion at the summit, and the White House said earlier that the US, South Korea and Japan were pressing for additional measures against North Korea to demonstrate the "serious consequences" for its latest provocations. Taking to Twitter in an impulsive manner certainly doesn't help address one of the most risky challenges of the post-Cold War era, and neither does his loud rhetoric about how he will deal will Kim Jong-un, something that can only make the North Koreas more belligerent.

Understanding what type of missile was launched on July 4th launch is crucial to proceeding with a North Korean settlement. Using cyberattacks to "blind" the North Koreans' communications networks, undermine their targeting and their access to the Global Positioning System, and above all to neutralize their nuclear capability, would be hard. I've been in the deep North Korean-dug tunnels under the Demilitarized Zone. And while there is a rather erratic leader in Washington at the moment, there are probably enough grownups around him to avoid any fatal mistakes on the American side either.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Tuesday that China was upholding its obligations under United Nations resolutions on North Korea, while other countries were fanning the crisis while damaging China's interests by their actions.

The payload shroud is a hollow aerodynamic fairing or nose-cone at the missile's tip, which can enclose multiple payloads or a single warhead and an assortment of decoys and penetration aids created to defeat the USA missile defense shield.

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United States unleashes bombers in 'North Korea air strike drill'