US THAAD Missile Defense Test Successful, But NK Still an Issue

China defends imports of North Korean iron ore

South Korea offers dialogue with the North to ease border tensions

North Korea's rapid march to develop a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of striking the United States has spurred the US military and Congress to ramp up efforts to counter the threat.

The THAAD works by detecting an incoming missile with advanced, long-range radar (one of the reasons the Chinese oppose THAAD deployment in South Korea).

The test was the first by THAAD against a missile that is faster and more hard to target than shorter-range missiles.

European Union sanctions against North Korea date back to 2006 and are part of worldwide efforts to halt a nuclear and ballistic missile programme that experts say is meant to give Pyongyang the capability to hit the U.S. mainland. -China negotiations because it can also be used to track Chinese missiles, raising their concern about USA military encirclement.

It is thought that formal talks could open up discussions about North Korea's expanding nuclear capabilities.

Gasoline and diesel prices have reportedly jumped in North Korea, after its largest crude supplier China halted fuel sales.

As there is a possibility that Kim might decide to open fire on the US, the USA has been stepping up its missile defense capabilities.

In fact, Moscow is not very anxious about North Korean missiles, though it would prefer to see a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. However, such a message has second and third order consequences. There was also a meeting that day in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at which they jointly declared their support for a deescalation of the Korean dispute that would couple a freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile development with a hold on large-scale US and South Korean military exercises. Making matters worse, there are no good options going forward. The United States and South Korea have always done them as part of an alliance that's in USA law.

The U.S. technological race is happening on the ground, at sea, in the air and in space. The pre-programmed response, therefore, is an all-out assault.

According to Reuters, Chinese state-owned oil major CNPC has suspended diesel and gasoline sales to North Korea during the last month or two.

Each satellite could be configured to carry multiple rockets and to defend itself from anything North Korea would use to try counter it, Obering said.

Greitens says the USA has struggled to understand North Korea's decision making.

Also this year, Defense Secretary James Mattis ordered the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency to review the nation's overall missile defense strategy. We can not possibly shoot down every missile, and even if only one gets through the results would be catastrophic. North Korean artillery and rocket batteries have had South Korean and USA defensive positions targeted for decades.

Decades of wistful diplomacy and procrastination now leave America's mainland vulnerable to immediate and perilous threats posed by a nuclear North Korea.

THAAD and other systems, while seen as provocations by some, buy the Trump Administration time to come up with a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Korean problem.

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