Kono urges China, Russia to up pressure on N. Korea

China warns tensions on Korean Peninsula at ‘tipping point’ after Pyongyang missile launch

"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly", said Gen. Terrence J.

Many believe the North's young dynastic ruler Kim Jong-un is seeking to strengthen internal unity and consolidate power through provocations and menacing rhetoric, and tout his fearless leadership enough to take on the world's greatest power, the U.S. This could risk triggering a military retaliation from the United States if something goes wrong. Three short-range missiles were launched on Saturday.

This missile landed nowhere near Guam, which is about 1,550 miles south of Tokyo, but the length of Tuesday's launch may have been designed for the North to show it could follow through on its threat.

Their effectiveness hinges largely on China, which accounts for 90% of trade with North Korea but is suspected of failing to enforce past United Nations measures.

"We have a common goal - denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, so that neither the North nor the South, the US and us [Russia] have nuclear weapons", Lavrov said.

"I think this is because they've visited South Korea themselves and have seen that ordinary South Koreans aren't affected by the North Korea situation - or don't let themselves be affected", he said.

It denounced the joint exercises in traditionally robust fashion. He served in South Korea. -South Korea war games as rehearsals for an invasion and described Tuesday's missile launch over Japan as a response to the drills.

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"We continue to work together, and the minister and I share a responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations, our populations and our interests, which is what we are here to discuss today", he said during a meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo.

The problem here is that Washington won't be very interested in displaying the kind of "demeanor" that North Korea is likely to want.

North Korea has made it clear that it sees its weapons program, which demands regular testing to flawless, as the only way to contest decades of USA hostility, by which it means the huge US military presence in South Korea, Japan and the Pacific.

Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a strong warning against the North's provocations, saying his military establishment is "locked and loaded".

North Korea hates such displays of USA military might at close range and will likely respond with fury. Some experts believe the next North Korean launches will be bolder unless Washington makes serious concessions.

The North also threatened to fire four ballistic missiles toward the US territory of Guam.

Now that Bannon is gone, those surrounding Trump, especially three key former high-ranking USA generals, one being his new White House chief of staff, will have the challenge of trying to introduce a sense of reality in the president's dubious mind.

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