Missile strike on North Korea an unlikely response to aggression

Marie Harrington
July 10, 2017

On Saturday, the USA also conducted live-fire drills in South Korea following North Korea's ICBM launch.

On July 4, North Korea claimed that it successfully test-fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the orders of leader Kim Jong-un. The country's THAAD interceptors are in Guam.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency confirmed to Reuters that it planned a THAAD test "in early July". The test showed the world the system can defend the United States against missiles more technically advanced than anything in North Korea's current arsenal.

The officials, on the condition of anonymity, released the nature and test timing of the THAAD. While the threat of an ICBM attack on Australia is "low", longer-range and submarine-launched ballistic and cruise missiles could threaten Australian territory, and shorter-range ballistic and cruise missiles pose a threat to deployed forces.

Mr Turnbull said that in terms of a missile defence shield for Australia there had been talk of the THAAD system.

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Both Russia and China have opposed deployment of THAAD in South Korea. "We have great capabilities in the area of trade", she said, adding that she had spoken with President Donald Trump about the issue.

The statement said Washington was using North Korea as a pretext to expand its military infrastructure in Asia and risked upsetting the strategic balance of power in the region. China initially showed signs of promise, like halting some imports of coal from the North, but hasn't shown any notable progress since. "I'm concerned about the threat, but I don't have a lot of confidence in the North Korea scientists making a functional rocket that could reach Alaska". Unlike the USA, which has not ruled out a military solution to the crisis, Russian Federation and China have offered a peaceful resolution that would avoid placing further sanctions on the North Korean regime.

In a sign of United States congressional concern about missile defence, several lawmakers filed amendments to a sweeping defence policy bill on Friday that addressed North Korea.

"Current developments in the Gulf and North Korea and East Asia as a whole are a cause of concern", he said.

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