Tension on the peninsula

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  1. alien

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    North Korea crisis: US and South Korea fire missiles

    Beijing: North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test "destabilises the region and directly threatens all nations within range" said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as he warned the United States and its allies would show North Korea that its provocation would bear consequences.

    A day after North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, which has the capability to reach Alaska and Darwin, the federal government said it had expanded sanctions against North Korea's mining and shipping industries.

    In a joint statement with his defence and foreign ministers, Mr Turnbull called on China "to use its considerable leverage to rein in the dangerous behaviour of the North Korean leadership", and said he would urge G20 leaders to take further strong action.

    Australia supported "any defensive measures required to respond to the threat posed by North Korean offensive missiles".

    China's Foreign Ministry repeated its call for calm and urged North Korea not to breach UN Security Council resolutions.

    US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in had ordered a large live-fire missile exercise on Wednesday to send a warning to North Korea, responding to Kim Jong-un's regime reaching a milestone by firing its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

    The ballistic and surface to surface missile exercise came hours after China and Russia had urged the US and South Korea to stop massive military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.

    Mr Moon's office said North Korea's "serious provocation" required a reaction that was more than just words.

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    People walk past a TV screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday.

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    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the North Korean test was an "escalation" and vowed the US would take "stronger measures", which would be taken to a closed door meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.

    He said any country hosting North Korean workers, or giving economic or military aid to North Korea, was aiding and abetting a dangerous regime.

    "All nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons."

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    This photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 ICBM

    He said the US "will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea".

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    A video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea's KRT on Tuesday shows what was said to be North Korea leader Kim Jong-un (centre) watching the launch

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier met in Moscow and called for a return to negotiations with North Korea, and for North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile activity.

    But the Chinese and Russian proposal also called for the United States to halt frequent military exercises with South Korea on the Korean Peninsula, arguing the current tensions could lead to catastrophic developments.

    The united Sino-Russian stance came as relations between China and the US have deteriorated in the past week, and may flag difficulty in reaching UN Security Council consensus on how to respond to the North Korean ICBM test.

    The US and South Korea have repeatedly called for China to put more pressure on North Korea, and the US has previously said it would impose unilateral sanctions if China was unwilling to act.

    China has halted coal imports from North Korea, but the US is believed to want China to also cut its oil pipeline to North Korea.

    Last week the US imposed sanctions on two Chinese companies it said was dealing with North Korea. The Union of Concerned Scientists' David Wright said it could take North Korea another year to develop a warhead for an ICBM but the regime appeared to be "well on the way".

    Kim told his scientists and officials that the ICBM was a "gift" that would upset America on its Independence Day, and urged them to continue to send "gift packages", North Korean media reported on Wednesday.

    "He stressed that the DPRK would neither put its nukes and ballistic rockets on the table of negotiations in any case, nor flinch even an inch from the road of bolstering the nuclear force chosen by itself, unless the US hostile policy and nuclear threat to the DPRK are definitely terminated," North Korean news agency KCNA reported.

    Mr Trump will meet with Mr Xi and Mr Putin at the G20 meeting this week.

    David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the US-based Union of Concerned Scientists, said the flight time and distance suggested the missile could travel about 6700 kilometres, bringing all of Alaska into range.

    North Korean media claimed the missile could carry a large nuclear warhead.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/north-k...security-council-meeting-20170704-gx4qgg.html
     
  2. BuffaloRules

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    Can the nuke fit on the missile yet?

    Key word being yet... as I doubt it's more than a couple of years away...
     
  3. alien

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    Not sure, but it wouldn't be too far away. As that video shows, they could fit the nuke onto a satellite and send it into orbit, and set it off when the satellite is over the U.S. at high altitude as an emp attack, and that would be disastrous!
     
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  4. Bandwagon

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    The kind that best prevents war. Perhaps we could send them fluffy kittens.
     
  5. AJB1102

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    While they are more tender I think the yield from full grown cats would be more beneficial. But we're not talking about solving NK's famine.
     
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    Kittens become cats, it's the way of things

    Unfortunately though any carnivore is going to consume far more meat than it will yield.
     
  7. alien

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    Lol, that could be seen as an act of war if Kim Jong-un is anything like this guy towards cats!

     
  8. The Charlatan

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    f**k you post some rubbish Coward Puncher...
     
  9. alien

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    I remember North Korea saying they were going to nuke America! Well America should do everything possible to stop North Korea putting nukes onto ICBMs that can reach America, and if the only way to do that is to nuke North Korea to hell, THEN I SAY DO IT!!!
     
  10. t-ba

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    So, no compunctions about the Millions of South Koreans, Chinese and Japanese that will die at the hands of conventional ordinance launched by the North Koreans in retaliation then?

    I'm sure that once they're done burning the corpses in the ruins of Seoul the South Koreans will love the Northern half of their homeland having been turned to an irradiated wasteland.
     
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    It's the classic nut job refrain "Do some research", which really means "I get all my info from YouTube".
     
  12. alien

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    If America 'Nukes' North Korea, then that is the end of the world. An attack of that kind, would bring in both China and Russia on North Koreas side, and would draw alienation of America from most if not all the world. Well, what would be left of it after a nuclear holocaust.

    I am not saying America should not use military force, but it would have to be with conventional weapons. Even this I fear would draw condemnation on America.
     
  14. mave

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    Lol.
    You people will "condemn" America, if they do nothing, do something, do too much, do to little.
     
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    If I was the US, Russia and China I'd be having some seriously high level talks about cooperating to installl some serious missile defence systems around NK right now.
     
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  16. The Charlatan

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    Why don't we send you over to coward punch him. He'll never see it coming!
     
  17. Shorty

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    So it's not just me.
    I understand NK does this stuff all the time however this time Kim seems to be putting money where his mouth is.
     
  18. alien

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    I doubt it. They would have nothing to gain from that.
     
  19. Pete Cash

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    Oh i see that you support aliens nuke north koreas viewpoint ?

    I mean you are getting uppity that people are saying thats a bad idea ?
     
  20. The Charlatan

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    Whats the harm in vaporising an enslaved population and irradiating a number of our allies?
     
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