US president Donald Trump declines to rule out eventual military action against Pyongyang and conveys frustration that Tokyo didn’t shoot down a Korean projectile.
POTUS Trump stated that the United States “will not stand” for Pyongyang threatening America or its allies. When inquired by reporters if Japan is committed and ready for military options towards North Korea, POTUS Trump had this to say:
“He will shoot ’em out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States. He will easily shoot them out of the sky.”~POTUS Trump
Japan is already in talks to purchase more of the SM-3 Interceptor missiles, they are a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy utilizes to eliminate short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
The flexibility of the SM-3 interceptor to be both land- and sea-based provides countries that do not have ballistic missile defense-enabled navies to take advantage of the incredible capacity to secure large areas of land. This is often known as regional defense. The SM-3 missile can cover larger areas with fewer installations, when in comparison with other “lower tier” missile defense solutions
The interceptor utilizes sheer force, instead of an explosive warhead, to eliminate its target. Its “kill vehicle” hits threats with the force of a 10-ton truck traveling 600 mph. This technique, known as “hit-to-kill,” has been likened to intercepting a bullet with another bullet.
Japan, under its Constitution, can shoot down a missile only when it is aimed at the country or in case debris are plummeting on to its territory.
Some members of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party point out that it could be possible to shoot down a missile headed toward Guam in case it triggers existential threat to the US as Japan’s ally, but experts state that is questionable.
Trump is meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Tuesday. On North Korea, Trump states, “hopefully something’s going to be very successfully worked out on that.”
The two leaders are meeting in the middle of rising tensions with the North. Before coming to the Blue House, Trump visited Camp Humphreys, a military base about 40 miles away.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in states he hopes U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the country will offer an opportunity to ease South Koreans’ “anxiety” over North Korea’s expanding nuclear program.
Moon made the comments Tuesday during a meeting between the leaders at Seoul’s Blue House. He likewise commended Trump’s efforts in leading the “international collaboration and unity” in dealing with the North.
President Donald Trump stated on Tuesday that the United States is ready to utilize the full range of military force to prevent a North Korean attack, but stated he was focused on utilizing “all available tools short of military action” to avoid conflict.
“North Korea is a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action,” he informed reporters at a joint press conference with South Korea President Moon Jae-in.
He included that it made sense for North Korea to “come to the table,” and “do the right thing, not only for North Korea but for humanity all over the world.”
The U.S. president also called on China, Russia and other nations to “demand” an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic weapons programs, before including, “It’s time to act with urgency and with great determination.”
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