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U.S. to dispatch carrier strike group to Korean Peninsula again

22 September 2017

Mr. Mattis also said that he believed that North Korea, which most recently launched two missiles that flew over Japan, was deliberately carrying out tests that came as close as possible to provoking the United States, without eliciting a military response.

South Korea has raised the possibility of reintroducing nuclear weapons to the peninsula.

North Korea on Monday said that additional sanctions will push it to accelerate its nuclear plans, Reuters reported.

Pyongyang, which threatened to "sink" Japan with a nuclear bomb for backing the US-led sanctions, fired another missile on August 29.

Hyten also said it is unknown whether North Korea has solved the problem of developing a warhead that can survive re-entry into the atmosphere, but "they're going down that path, which means they're eventually going to get there".

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Monday's flyovers over the Korean Peninsula involved two B-1Bs and four F-35Bs from the USA military and four F-15K fighter jets from South Korea, according to the South Korean and US militaries.

The U.S. military is ready to take action against missiles from North Korea that pose a threat to America or its allies, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said. The country flight-tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

He did confirm that he had discussed the option of putting tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea, an idea rejected by South Korea's President last week.

"We have open dialogue with our allies on any issue that they want to bring up", he said.

State media on Saturday quoted Kim as saying that North Korea's final goal "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the USA and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option" for the North.

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Military options available to Trump range from non-lethal actions like a naval blockade aimed at enforcing sanctions to waging cyber attacks and positioning new USA weaponry in South Korea, where the United States has 28,500 troops. China in turn favors an worldwide response to the problem.

Because the KN-17 appears to be successful, the official says the USA has assessed that it is likely North Korea will turn back to additional testing of the KN-20 (aka Hwasong 14) intercontinental ballistic missile to see if they can improve its performance.

Moon also sought to promote the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang, requesting Italy's active support and participation in the event.

Tensions on the peninsula could increase further over the next few weeks.

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U.S. to dispatch carrier strike group to Korean Peninsula again