NORTH KOREA UPDATE

by Pamela Williams
 
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US launches BALLISTIC MISSILE as troops prepare for WAR with North Korea
THE United States has launched a ballistic missile to show off its “nuclear capabilities” as troops join forces with South Korean soldiers in a dramatic display of military strength
 

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President Trump has determined a course of action for responding to North Korea’s continued nuclear missile development program, a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday, with U.S. military preparations “underway” for potential action.
“What the president has done is he’s made a decision for us to pursue a certain course,” the official told reporters in the White House briefing room, “and that course obviously has a number of options associated with it depending on how the situation develops in the future.
 
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Trump plans include “a broad range of options, obviously, across all elements of national power and multinational power in connection with North Korea.”
“What you’ve seen is really an integrated effort to prioritize diplomatic and informational aspects of national power, but also what you’ll see soon is using the economic dimension of national power as well as the military preparations that are underway,” the official said, barely 100 yards from where the entire U.S. Senate was receiving a briefing on the administration’s strategy for North Korea.
Asked by a reporter to clarify what preparations are underway, the official declined to provide more information, saying, “I don’t think we’re going to describe those in any detail.”
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The Trump administration says North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and the U.S. will exert pressure through diplomatic measures and tighter economic sanctions.
That’s according to a statement issued by State Department, defense and intelligence chiefs Wednesday after briefing senators.
The statement outlines a policy that sounds similar to that of the Obama administration.
It says President Donald Trump aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile and proliferation programs, and is engaging the international community to achieve that and persuade Kim Jong Un’s government “to de-escalate and return to the path of dialogue.”
The U.S. “remains open to negotiations” to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but the statement adds, “we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies.”
 
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