New missile test feared as S. Korea-US drill starts

by Ray Hunter October 16, 2017, 0:22
New missile test feared as S. Korea-US drill starts

The gag order is apparently aimed at preventing the already high tensions over North Korea from escalating before and during the Chinese Communist Party's twice-a-decade congress due to open Wednesday.

"We want the United States to end its hostile policy as for North Korea", said An Tong Chun, who is leading the North Korean delegation.

North Korea has called on Chinese newspapers to stop making "reckless remarks" and show a better understanding of why Pyongyang needs to advance its arms technologies and capabilities.

North Korea has showcased its ability to send its ballistic missile to the contiguous U.S. through a series of successful tests in July, but whether the regime has secured technology to protect nuclear warheads during the re-entry phase is in doubt.

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The war of words between the U.S. and North Korea is far from dying down, with the latter now accusing Donald Trump of igniting tensions on the Korean Peninsula in order to "shovel up money" by selling more weapons to United States "vassals" South Korea and Japan. "Based on this, we have judged that the North could launch a provocation at any time", the source said.

In recent tests, the North has launched Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan. There is also the possibility the regime may test a previously unseen missile, as it has done multiple times this year. "We don't have to consume ourselves with the timings".

A member of North Korea's Parliament spoke about the threat of destruction the country faces from the United States.

Meanwhile, in a new incendiary statement, Pyongyang promised to fire "a salvo of missiles" at the US territory of Guam, and keep its hands "closer to trigger" amid major US-South Korea drills involving B-1 bombers and a carrier strike group, RT reported.

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The 10-day exercises will see the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the USS Michigan nuclear-powered submarine, stealth fighters, and other American strategic assets arriving at the peninsula.

North Korea has labelled US President Donald Trump a "war merchant and strangler of peace".

Bishop said a pair of Australian warships will soon be heading to South Korea as part of their mutual defense agreement. It will kick off on Tuesday.

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