As Huny Badger reported:
US president Donald Trump refuses to rule out eventual military action against Pyongyang and expresses frustration that Tokyo didn’t shoot down a Korean projectile.
POTUS Trump declared that the United States “will not stand” for Pyongyang menacing America or its allies. When asked by reporters if Japan is committed and ready for military options against North Korea, POTUS Trump had this to say:
“He will shoot ’em out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States. He will easily shoot them out of the sky.”~POTUS Trump
Japan is currently in talks to purchase more of the SM-3 Interceptor missiles, they are a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy uses to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
The flexibility of the SM-3 interceptor to be both land- and sea-based offers countries that do not have ballistic missile defense-enabled navies to take advantage of the incredible capacity to protect large areas of land. This is often referred to as regional defense. The SM-3 missile can cover larger areas with fewer installations, when compared to other “lower tier” missile defense solutions.
The interceptor uses sheer force, rather than an explosive warhead, to destroy its target. Its “kill vehicle” hits threats with the force of a 10-ton truck traveling 600 mph. This technique, referred to as “hit-to-kill,” has been likened to intercepting a bullet with another bullet.
Japan, under its Constitution, can shoot down a missile only when it is aimed at the country or in case debris are falling on to its territory.
Some members of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party say that it may be possible to shoot down a missile headed toward Guam in case it causes existential threat to the US as Japan’s ally, but experts say that is questionable.
Trump is meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Tuesday. On North Korea, Trump says, “hopefully something’s going to be very successfully worked out on that.”
The two leaders are meeting amid rising tensions with the North. Before coming to the Blue House, Trump visited Camp Humphreys, a military base about 40 miles away.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the country will provide an opportunity to ease South Koreans’ “anxiety” over North Korea’s expanding nuclear program.
Moon made the comments Tuesday during a meeting between the leaders at Seoul’s Blue House. He also commended Trump’s efforts in leading the “international collaboration and unity” in dealing with the North.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States is prepared to use the full range of military force to stop a North Korean attack, but said he was focused on using “all available tools short of military action” to prevent conflict.
“North Korea is a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action,” he told reporters at a joint press conference with South Korea President Moon Jae-in.
He added that it made sense for North Korea to “come to the table,” and “do the right thing, not only for North Korea but for humanity all over the world.”
The U.S. president also called on China, Russia and other nations to “demand” an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic weapons programs, before adding, “It’s time to act with urgency and with great determination.”
AFF’s Huny Badger