U.S., S.Korea Fire Test Missiles In Drill "Aimed At Striking North Korea's Leadership"

In response to the overnight news that North Korea had conducted its first ever ICBM test - despite both the US and Russia saying the Hwaswong 14 missile launched was at beast an intermediate-range rocket...

... moments ago Sec. State Rex Tillerson issued a statement, in which he said that "testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world." 

He said that the "U.S. seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the end of threatening actions by North Korea. As we, along with others, have made clear, we will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea." The problem is that North Korea is now not only nuclear-armed but, according to today's events, it is close to being able to deliver the nuclear package to the US.

Which is why Tillerson, stopping short of endorsing military action, said that “we intend to bring North Korea’s provocative action before the UN Security Council and enact stronger measures to hold the DPRK accountable." The secretary of state also said that President Trump, and the national security team continued to assess situation.

Tillerson's full statement is below.

Meanwhile, as Tillerson was dictating, Reuters reported that according to North Korea's KCNA news agency, Pyongyang said it had conducted a test of a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile that can carry a large and heavy nuclear warhead and that the test successfully verified the warhead's atmospheric re-entry.

Kim Jong Un further said the successful test completed the country's strategic weapons capability that includes atomic and hydrogen bombs and ICBMs, and it will not negotiate with the United States to give up those weapons until Washington abandons its hostile policy against the North, the country's KCNA news agency said.

The North Korean leader also said he is "firmly determined and committed" to test an ICBM that can hit the U.S. mainland within this year, KCNA added. Providing some more details on yesterday's launch, the North Korean news agKim also said that  the U.S. must be upset with "gift package" that he sent for its Independence Day and says he will send more in futureency said that yesterday ICBM test showed the country's capability of carrying newly- developed, large-sized nuclear warhead and that N. Korea had tested ICBM for re-entry capability.

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Finally, and most disturbingly, Reuters said that South Korea and the United States early on Wednesday "conducted an offensive ballistic missile drill aimed at striking the North's leadership."

Bloomberg adds that South Korea and the U.S. conducted a joint ballistic-missile drill around 7am on Wednesday, shooting rockets into the Sea of Japan, to warn against North Korea’s continued provocation of ballistic-missile tests, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The drill reportedly showed S.Korea, U.S. can hit N.Korea’s leadership in "contingencies."

From the statement:

Eighth US Army and Republic of Korea (ROK) military personnel conducted a combined event exercising assets countering North Korea’s destabilizing and unlawful actions on July 4.

 

This exercise utilized the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and the Republic of Korea Hyunmoo Missile II, which fired missiles into territorial waters of South Korea along the East Coast.  The system can be rapidly deployed and engaged. The deep strike precision capability enables the ROK-U.S. Alliance to engage the full array of time critical targets under all weather conditions.

 

The ROK-U.S. Alliance remains committed to peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the Asia-Pacific. The U.S. commitment to the defense of the ROK in the face of threats is ironclad.

The drill was ordered by S. Korean President Moon Jae-in with President Donald Trump’s approval. A video of the missile launch is below:

As suddenly the threat of an out of control escalation by both sides appears all too real, the safe haven Japanese Yen currency is surging - which is ironic because if NKorea were to indeed strike Tokyo, the value of Japan's currency would crater, and yet this is how algos operate - with the USDJPY tumbling as low at 113.

Comments

Shemp 4 Victory bamawatson Tue, 07/04/2017 - 19:28 Permalink

 

Tillerson: "The United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the end of threatening actions by North Korea."

What a hogwash. If the US sought peaceful denuclearization, it would not reject the rather reasonable offer made by the DPRK in 2015, 2016, and again this year. They have offered to suspend development on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles if the US and South Korea will suspend their annual large-scale invasion exercises.These exercises, not coincidentally, take place during North Korea's rice planting or rice harvesting seasons. Because NK must place its military on high alert during these practice invasions, the rice planting/harvesting is deprived of much needed labor which is ordinarily performed by soldiers. Clearly the US is intentionally trying to sabotage DPRK agricultural self-sufficiency and instigate crop failures.http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/04/the-reason-behind-north-koreas-nuc…

Finally, and most disturbingly, Yonhap said that South Korea and the United States early on Wednesday "conducted an offensive ballistic missile drill aimed at striking the North's leadership."

Because when its policies are big stupid failures, the US will spare no effort in its quest for bigger and stupider failures.

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Krungle Shemp 4 Victory Tue, 07/04/2017 - 21:26 Permalink

Putin and Xi had a joint statment from their meetings yesterday and today essentially saying the same thing as North Korea has been saying--they'll help denuclearize the peninsula if the US bugs off and takes THAAD with them. They're not going to get any help from Russia or China at the UNSC as long as they are provoking both nations at the same time they're provoking the North Koreans. The math is pretty simple: North Korea is not an American issue. North Korea has been pretty clear that despite the horror visited upon them for no reason by America in the 50s they're happy to leave us alone if we leave them alone. For some reason US leadership hasn't figured out that responding with violence instead of diplomacy to every situation only makes you look weak and insecure. This issue has a diplomatic solution if we stop insisting on the world being a zero-sum game where we get all the toys. They can try the "decapitation" strike against Kim, but this overlooks the fact that every North Korean citizen has been educated since birth to know what we did to them in the 50s and they're all ready to fight to the death for their nation, Kim or no Kim. The notion that they're just waiting for Kim to be gone in order to become debt slaves is ridiculous. Mattis's assessment that a war in North Korea will be a disaster is spot on. It is entirely possible to walk away from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and focus our energies on the 50 states, all of which are in pretty dire situations.

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vietnamvet BeanusCountus Tue, 07/04/2017 - 20:19 Permalink

What a dumbass idea.  The US Air Force once obliterated nearly every building, dam, bridge, factory, power plant, of signifiance in North Korea during the Korean War, committing war crimes in the process including destruction of irrigation dams at Kusongand Toksan that provided water for 75% of North Korea’s food production, and carpet bombing (including napalm) which destroyed 75% of North Korea’s cities and villages.  The NKs withstood that onslaught with the help of their Chinese and Russian friends, and I doubt either of them would stand by while the US or whomever tried the same stupid fucking thing again. 

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FoggyWorld Antifaschistische Tue, 07/04/2017 - 19:39 Permalink

I recently read a book suggested here.   It has an awful title - North Korea Confidential - but it really opened my eyes.   It's not the same Hermit Kingdom that it was and more and more people seem to have access to outside information because of the sort of secret spread of technology.  If the madman wasn't there, I almost think that within 20 years or so the NK's themselves would overthrow the regime.But it's the nukes that add time pressure and we do have many subtle ways of doing things and I hope given the huge budgets of the alphabet groups something more creative coould be found.

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GestaltNine (not verified) Tue, 07/04/2017 - 18:59 Permalink

It's time to put baby to bed. NUKE THAT FAT FUCKER!!! South Korea will be collateral damage but we have dealt with that before. 

Winston Churchill GestaltNine (not verified) Tue, 07/04/2017 - 19:23 Permalink

Russia and China would also be colateral  damage as well.You do understand what that will mean don't you?There really is nothing the US can do except huff and puff.Afghanistan would look like a total success in comparison to a land war in Korea.The norks are so dug in after 50 years hundreds of nukes only MIGHTdefeat them.Might not as well.The US is impotent and Kim knows it, thats why he keeps giving Uncle Scam the middlefinger.Lots of other countries, even supposed allies, are laughing at the US loss of "face" as well.The only way out is to accept the deal Kim and the Chinese put on the table years ago.

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Winston Churchill Akzed Tue, 07/04/2017 - 19:53 Permalink

Kim is not threatened by the US because he has the  winning hand.I don't think he's crazy at all, his very reasonable offer was ignored by the US untilhe made us take notice.He doesn't want the cost of his weapons programs.He is not his father or grandfather, he's western educated and obviously very smart anda little ruthless otherwise he would never have ascended or retained power.He's certainly no worse than the dictators the US has installed around the world, andmay be far better.Who knows he could turn out to be a reformer oncethe annual threats of invasion are removed..

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A_Huxley Akzed Wed, 07/05/2017 - 00:56 Permalink

Its like a bunker from 1950's Switzerland.  The artlilery is pre positioned, the crews ready.  The ballistic chart is on paper and everything is optical and mechanical.   When the power is restored the hardened elevator or a small train brings more supplies up from much deeper in the hill or mountain.EMP does not really do that much as its been planned for and is expected.  EMP works on nations that have random dual use civilian and mil networks been used all over the nation that are totally interconnected.  

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earleflorida Auburn Tue, 07/04/2017 - 20:04 Permalink

well the consensus so far is to 'nuke em'...nuke em, and then nuke those who are in disagreement...fuck what china has to say...and when china lets loose a couple hundred million soldiers to our shores nuke em their also...and while they're at, nuke russia...fuck, why don't we just nuke the entire planet

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cherry picker Tue, 07/04/2017 - 19:01 Permalink

What is the difference between Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton other than a Twitter account and color?NoneThey murder people in foreign lands and then have the audacity to claim it is necessary to protect Americans.USA is the only country in the world engaging in illegally bombing people in as many countries as they are today.What does that tell you?

rejected neversink Tue, 07/04/2017 - 21:41 Permalink

No,,, only rejected when I attempt to point to the truth. If pointing out the truth is being an asshole then Thank you.If you had read the link you would have found that NK did not launch a ICBM like the US said they did. It was a medium range ballistic missile like the last two or three they fired.The reason the US lied was to get idiots all stirred up,,, and obviously it worked.I am a little saddened that Zerohedge doesn't print the truth, but at the same time, not surprised.

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Robert A. Heinlein Tue, 07/04/2017 - 19:12 Permalink

So in my mind the question is: Is South Korea ready to start a war and take the hit. NK has many thousand of artillary piecies in place to hit Soul. Casulaties could hit 1m. Don't see the upside to SK in this dispute for now.  But that's the problem. Can you trust fat boy not to send one out at SK or even Japan. Is he suicidal?  No good option that for sure. One thing for certain, fat boy does know how to yank our chain. Is that a justification to start a war that every military expect says will end not well for SK.  Is this our Kobashi Maru test?  

Anteater Crypto-World-Order (not verified) Tue, 07/04/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

The upside is that the news from Fukushima will never see the light of day. They can run this DPRK skirmish for years. Boom-ba-boom. Boom-ba-boom back.Nobody has to ask disturbing questions about Amazon or Apple and why Samsung and Alibabi are priced so low, compared to the two bankrupt USA darlings.Nobody has to know about the New Silk Road, or China exiting US Treasuries. DPRK will keep the Federal tax revenue shortfall out of the news, and the VAand SS benefit cuts will be drowned out by Mad Dog and Rex on the nightly war report. Nobody will ask about The Wall, or why ObamaCare is metastasizing.There will be no tough questions for The Cheeto Man, just fawning war-o-philes and front-line journalists running for cover under a hail of paper origami.It's perfect!! Nobody will ask why the Pentagon burned through its budget in only six months, or where the $8,000 B before that disappeared to. It's perfect.

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