Monday, August 21, 2017

U.S.-NKorea threats

In this March 12, 2016 file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exercise, called Ssangyong, part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea.

BY KIM TONG-HYUNG SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America’s annual joint military exercises with South Korea always frustrate North Korea. The war games set to begin Monday may hold more potential to provoke than ever, given President Donald Trump’s “fire ...
In this Aug. 16. 2017, file photo, a South Korean soldier watches the north side at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea.

BY DEB RIECHMANN and MATTHEW PENNINGTON WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments of the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for ...
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, chats with President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.

BY CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG BEIJING (AP) — A military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be “horrific” but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is ...
In this April 29, 2017, file photo, Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump is seen in Harrisburg, Pa.

BY DARLENE SUPERVILLE BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with ...
In this Sept. 12, 1958 file photo, Beverly Wysocki, top, and Marie Graskamp, right, emerge from a new family-type bomb shelter on display in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

BY JOHN ROGERS LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares — of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in ...
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, shakes hands with Chinese Northern Theater Command Commander Gen.

BY CHRISTOPHER BODEEN BEIJING (AP) — China has urged the United States and North Korea to “hit the brakes” on threatening words and work toward a peaceful resolution of their tense standoff created by Pyongyang’s recent missile tests and threats ...
This image made from video of an Aug. 14, 2017, still image broadcast in a news bulletin on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, by North Korea's KRT shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receiving a briefing in Pyongyang.

BY FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s military on Tuesday presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and “wring the windpipes of the Yankees,” even as both ...
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis answers questions while speaking at the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Mountain View, Calif. Mattis says the U.S. will “take out” any North Korean missile it detects is heading for American soil, including the Pacific island of Guam. Mattis says a North Korean missile strike on the U.S. would mean war.

BY ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would “take out” any North Korean missile seen to be heading for American soil, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. He declared that any such North Korean attack could lead to ...
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford speaks at a news conference at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

BY FOSTER KLUG SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Monday that the United States wants to peacefully resolve a deepening standoff with North Korea but is also ready to use the “full range” of its ...
In this Aug. 15, 2015, file photo, participants stand behind a North Korean flag at a rally on Liberation Day, the anniversary of the end of World War II in 1945 and the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, at the border village of Panmunjom at the DMZ in North Korea.

BY ERIC TALMADGE SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tensions between the United States and North Korea tend to flare suddenly and fade almost as quickly — but the latest escalation won’t likely go away quite so easily. Events closer to ...
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