South Korea's Prospect Of War And Army Helicopter Crash Update

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 22, 2017

The US and South Korea are conducting annual military drills which consistently infuriate Pyongyang, despite appeals to halt the exercise. Under that projection, North Korea would have 58 weapons by 2017, which is comparable to the high end of the intelligence estimates.

In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests, in an effort to jumpstart diplomacy.

In response, President Moon Jae-in warned Pyongyang on August 21 not to use the joint military exercises as a pretext for provocations, stressing the drills are "defensive in nature".

Prime Minister Turnbull earlier this month said Australia and the United States were "joined at the hip", and pledged Australia would come to the aid of its ally if there was an attack by North Korea.

North Korea views such exercises as preparations for invasion and has fired missiles and taken other actions to show its anger over military drills in the past.

Gallup first asked Americans about Korea just after the Korean War began in June 1950, and in the 67 years since, it has measured public opinion about the still-divided peninsula in many different ways.

What worries him is a situation where North Korea feels it's about to be attacked and worries it can't win a war. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed not to allow North Korea to develop nuclear missiles that could hit the mainland United States but Pyongyang sees its nuclear arsenal as protection against Washington and its partners in Asia. Russian Federation has also asked for the drills to stop but the United States has not backed down.

It described North Korea as the "strongest possessor" of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the USA mainland from anywhere, CNN reported.

"We don't think the joint exercise will be conducive to easing the current tensions". And having more than a few reliable missiles - long-range ones, plus short-range ones that could, for instance, hit South Korea where 28,000 USA troops are deployed - enhance North Korea's leverage. "Strengthening the alliance will enhance the deterrence against North Korea, but will not be effective in directly leading to an abandonment of its nuclear program", a senior Foreign Ministry official said. Pyongyang carried out its first successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last month, apparently bringing much of the United States mainland within its reach.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills will be the first joint military exercise between the allies since North Korea successfully flight-tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and threatened to bracket Guam with intermediate range ballistic missile fire in August.

However, U.S. military officials seemed not to share this perspective.

This is one power North Korea has to respect because of its political influence, its incredible might as a next-door neighbor and the fact that its trade is what keeps the country alive.

Around 17,500 United States troops will participate in this year's drills - a cutback from last year - according to numbers provided by Seoul's defence ministry.

"The Trump group's declaration of the reckless nuclear war exercises against North a reckless behaviour driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war", the daily said.

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