WASHINGTON, October 25 (RIA Novosti)
- S Korea Reaches New Missile Range Deal with U.S.
- N. Korea Says US Mainland Within Its Strike Range
- South Korea Places New Cruise Missile in Service
- N.Korea Threatens to Strike South over Leaflets
- South Korea has 'no plans' to redeploy U.S. tactical nuclear missiles
- N. Korea Threatens to 'Mercilessly Punish' South
The United States will continue expanding its global missile shield in Asia, including in South Korea, to counter a possible missile threat from North Korea, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said.
“First of all, with regards to any provocations from the North, I think it's very clear that South Korea and the United States have a strong cooperative relationship and that, when those provocations occur, that we will work together to determine what kind of response should be provided if necessary,” Panetta said after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan Jin.
The top US defense official said he already agreed with his colleague that both the United States and South Korea will be watching closely after the developments in North Korea.
“With regards to future missile defense, that's an area that we continue to discuss in order to make sure that we have all of the defenses necessary to deal with the missile threat coming from North Korea, and whatever steps are necessary to try to make sure that we're prepared for that,” he said.
“We just deployed, or we just talked about deploying a TPY-2 radar system to Japan specifically in order to protect against that kind of missile threat, and we will continue to work with our friends in the region to further develop that kind of capability,” Panetta added.
Earlier in the month the North Korean military said that the US mainland was within the strike range of its strategic missile forces.
In October 2006, North Korea became the world’s eighth nuclear power, conducting an underground nuclear weapons test.
Although the country’s nuclear program and its development of long-range missile systems has been condemned by the international community, Pyongyang has vowed to continue its controversial missile development program.
North Korea has already deployed a number of domestically-built missiles, including some capable of hitting the American territory of Guam in the Pacific, in addition to South Korea and Japan.
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- rochefortfrancoisbla bla bla...13:04, 25/10/2012Lybia, Syria and Iran tomorow...
- arthurborgesUh Huh...18:30, 25/10/2012So this magic shield only works against North Korean missiles?
The Cold War thinking goes on: make China buy more guns so there's less money left for butter and then we'll see regime change.
- jgRegime change in China?00:10, 26/10/2012North Korea has previously fired missiles over Japan, so a viable defence is probably a sensible precaution.
I doubt that the USA wants regime change in China. The two countries are tightly interlinked by trade and debt - regime change could have unpredictable and bad results for both China and the USA (along with many other countries).
- Bugbear(no title)18:38, 25/10/2012Let the communists have South Korea and all it's people. South Koreans with their xenophobic rascist "only south korean things are good" beliefs will cause more harm to the communist workers paradise utopian dream then consumerism ever could. South Koreans will be a cancerous rot destroying any idea of human unity from the inside.
- jgRacism and xenophobia?00:03, 26/10/2012"Racial purity" is an issue in Japan and the Korean peninsula but South Korea is almost enlightened when compared with North Korea. The people of North Korea are told by their government that they are the most pure race - and this thinking has lead to unprovoked attacks on foreigners in North Korea e.g. a Cuban diplomat and his family. Then there is the policy that pregnant women returning to North Korea from China are required to undergo abortions. North Korean government figures are on record as stating that "incorporating the South Koreans will be difficult as they have become mongrels by mixing with black American soldiers and other foreigners". Don't let the communist label fool you - North Korea is a fascist feudal monarchy.
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