US Considering Option to Shoot Down North Korean Non-Direct Threat Missiles

Lucy Bush
September 22, 2017

Mr Rudd outlined three possible scenarios.

A USA official said that Trump would later Thursday make an announcement of further sanctions on North Korea. And none of us want that.

The United States has considered the possibility of shooting down any missiles launched by North Korea, including those that do not pose a direct threat.

The UN Security Council, which condemned the launch as "highly provocative", will hold a new ministerial-level meeting Thursday on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, focused on enforcing sanctions on the North Korean regime.

The move suggests Japanese forces could be planning to shoot down Kim's next missile if it is again launched over Hokkaido.

South Korea says the US military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes.

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"The global community is sternly responding to the North's provocations but also emphasizing the need to extend humanitarian assistance to North Koreans", he said.

On the other side of the ledger, it needed to address the cessation of the nuclear program and abolition of the existing arsenal, Mr Rudd said.

And those missiles are growing in strength: on 4 July, North Korea conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it claims could reach "anywhere in the world".

China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear-weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on Sunday.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in a speech on Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly of world leaders, said he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened and mocked its leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man" for his repeated ballistic missile tests.

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Later, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that "some related parties" - a reference to the US and North Korea - "keep sending threatening messages both in words and deeds that include warnings of military action".

South Korea and the United States also staged military drills in the Korean Peninsula on Monday, conducting bombing exercises involving six USA planes and four South Korean fighter jets, according to Song Young-moo, the South Korean defence minister. This humanitarian component is essential according to the current South Korean government of Moon.

US President Donald Trump had discussed North Korea's "continued defiance of the worldwide community" with President Xi Jinping, the White House said on Monday.

Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In spoke by phone on Saturday and vowed to exert "stronger pressure" on the North, with Moon's office warning that further provocation would put it on a "path of collapse".

For those following North Korea's technological advancements, when it comes to the development of nuclear weapons, there is something quite unusual that has recently happened.

The appropriate response to the recent actions of North Korea is diplomacy and willingness to compromise.

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Lankov said he expects North Korea to respond to Trump's threats with "equally powerful. equally comical" and "probably more ridiculous rhetoric".

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