North Korea showdown as Kim and MORTAL ENEMY set for explosive meeting

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency the Japan Ministry of Defense and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 2017 resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile

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The legislation proposed by Gardner, U.S. Sen. But military planners say the greatest benefit of the massive missile defense effort is to deter North Korea from contemplating a strike.

USA officials said the ship is plying the waters about 100 miles off the coast of Alaska in global waters, arriving there before this week's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense test, which saw a missile launched from Kodiak Island, Alaska intercept another missile dropped from a military plane over the Pacific Ocean. "The way you protect yourself from a missile attack is through deterrence". Ed Markey, D-Mass., U.S. Sen.

Surveillance of the missile left unclear whether it successfully re-entered the earth's atmosphere, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. Cooperation between Russian Federation and China on the North Korean crisis has strengthened, as both countries strongly oppose a preemptive US military strike against Pyongyang.

Sino-US relations have soured in recent weeks as President Donald Trump has urged Beijing to step up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes. THAAD's fire control and communications center identifies and targets the missile.

"The U.S. conventional and nuclear forces, as well as South Korea and Japan's forces, greatly outstrip North Korea in terms of technology", Hanham asserted.

The U.S. now has 36 such interceptors deployed and plans to have 44 in place by the end of 2017, based at Vandenburg and in Fort Greely, Alaska. Why, Russian analysts ask, do Americans think that tighter economic sanctions will convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program, the only ironclad defense it has against a USA strike?

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.

There is no such thing as flawless missile defense system, however.

In addition to existing sanctions, the statement said that the European Union "will consider further appropriate responses" in coordination with allies and United Nations efforts.

Satellites "do not provide precision tracking and targeting today", Obering said.

"People think missile defenses are a magic wand". That would lead to an "increased risk of arms racing", he said.

Despite Pyongyang's ideological preoccupation with autarky, there are a surprising number of economic ties between North Korea and Russian Federation.

It is for this reason that North Korea sought nuclear weapons and maintained the level of belligerence and saber rattling it has.

That program ended because the Defense Department judged it to be impractical: The laser's effective range was too short, the aircraft flew too low, and the program was expensive.

The move is unlikely to have a big impact on North Korea without China deciding to curb its financial activities with the secretive state.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said: "We will cut the money off to North Korea until they behave properly". Its statement said, "Therefore we are not in a position to agree to this classification on behalf of the whole council since there is no consensus on this issue".

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