Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sabre Rattling By An Unbalanced Dictator Is Not Something To Ignore
A tv displays a news broadcast reporting on North Korea test-firing ballistic missiles, at a station in Seoul, South Korea, 06 March 2017
“On March 11 alone, many enemy carrier-based aircraft flew along a course near territorial air and waters of the DPRK to stage drills of dropping bombs and making surprise attacks on the ground targets of its army.”
North Korea said they would launch a "surprise attack" against America
This latest fiery statement was issued as an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson joined South Korean military forces for exercises.
North Korea, which has alarmed its neighbours with two nuclear tests and a string of missile launches since last year, said the arrival of the US strike group was part of a "reckless scheme" to attack it.
Kim Jong-un has threatened to attack the USA
A US Navy spokesman said the Carl Vinson was on a regular, scheduled deployment to the region during which it would take part in exercises with the forces of ally South Korea.
Last week, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan in response to annual US-South Korea military drills, which the North sees as preparation for war.
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Tue, March 14, 2017
Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times. Thanks to digital memory cards, he was able to save photos that was forbidden to take inside the segregated state
The murder in Malaysia last month of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother has added to a sense of urgency to efforts to handle North Korea.
Compounding regional tension, China is vehemently opposed to the deployment in South Korea of an advanced US anti-missile system.
Kim said he would launch attacks from "ground, air, sea and underwater"
North Korea has been acting increasingly provocative
America and South Korea say the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system is for defence against North Korea, but China fears its powerful radar can probe deep into its territory and compromise its security.
The US began to deploy the system a week ago, a day after North Korea launched its latest four missile tests.