North Korea Plans Parade of Long-Range Missiles Before Olympics

North Korea Plans Parade of Long-Range Missiles Before Olympics

The White House has grown frustrated in recent weeks by what it considers the Pentagon's reluctance to provide President Trump with options for a military strike against North Korea, according to officials, the latest sign of a deepening split in the administration over how to confront the nuclear-armed regime of Kim Jong-un....

Trump hosted about a half-dozen North Korean defectors in the Oval Office on Friday, including Ji Seong-ho, who used crutches to escape the reclusive country after a train ran over his limbs. Mr. Trump used Ji Seong-ho's wonderful journey to highlight the cruelty of the North Korean regime and make the case that it must not be allowed to build a nuclear arsenal.

"If you want to bet that if you are going to attack North Korea, however you going to do that, and think that Kim Jong Un and the North Koreans are not going to retaliate - it's a pretty big gamble. Given that an evacuation of so many citizens would be virtually impossible under a rain of North Korean artillery and missiles (potentially laced with biochemical weapons), these Americans would most likely have to hunker down until the war was over".

Trump used his State of the Union address last Tuesday to criticize what he described as a "depraved" and "cruel" North Korean government, focusing attention on the plight of the family of the now deceased Otto Warmbier and defector Ji Seong-ho, who was seriously injured during the starvation of the 1990s before escaping in 2004.

"It is possible he has them, so we have to place the bet that he might have them, but he hasn't demonstrated them", Selva, the second highest-ranking U.S. military official, added.

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Earlier this month, at President Moon Jae-in's request, Seoul and Washington agreed to postpone the two drills to defuse tensions with North Korea during the period of the Pyeongchang Olympics. There has been a rumour mill doing rounds within the Trump administration that the U.S. armed forces are planning the execution of a preventive or limited strike against Kim Jong Un's regime.

The Koreas have planned several conciliatory gestures during the Olympics, which South Korea considers an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea after a period of animosity and diplomatic stalemate over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

Both sides have also ramped up their military exercises over the past 12 months, with the U.S. carrying out join exercises with South Korea, while North Korea has boasted it has developed weapons to reach any part of the US. Ripley reports this will include "many dozens" of Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missiles, the type North Korea most recently tested that experts assess could hit the entire continental U.S. with a large nuclear warhead.

"We have to recognize that the threat is growing and that if North Korea does not choose the pathway of engagement, discussion, negotiation then they themselves will trigger an option", he said.

Moon is believed to be trying to use sports events to show the global community that tensions with the North are easing.

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Now Olympic chiefs must consider what to say to the 28 competitors cleared by the top sports court to take part in the Pyeongchang Games after it said there was insufficient evidence against them.

Military leaders, on the other hand, have admitted that the USA military was in the midst of planning out and drilling for the prospect of war with North Korea.

Torture and imprisonment is standard, and some North Koreans are publicly executed, Lee said she would tell Trump.

"While we would prefer that this parade not occur on February 8, it is our hope, and I know the hope of South Korea, that the North Koreans. will join with all the nations of the world in celebrating the athletes", Goldstein said.

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