The United States and South Korea are deepening defense cooperation amid continued nuclear and missile provocations from North Korea.
A high-level North Korean official recently warned that Pyongyang is prepared to launch a preemptive nuclear strike under threat from the United States.
Japan may accelerate around $1 billion of planned spending to upgrade its ballistic missile defenses in the wake of rocket tests suggesting North Korea is close to fielding a more potent medium-range missile, three government sources told Reuters.
The nuclear-armed slave state North Korea poses an enormous challenge to American policy in East Asia—but also offers an opportunity to deter a greater threat to the region: Xi Jinping’s increasingly belligerent Communist China.
Federal officials have indicted a Chinese businesswoman and Communist Party member on charges that she aided blacklisted North Korean companies in evading U.S. sanctions to help develop Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, according to the Justice Department.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday that American forces stationed in South Korea need to be prepared to “fight tonight” given the nuclear threat from North Korea.
The North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop nuclear weapons and missiles at the same time the government is begging international aid groups to provide flood relief.
North Korea will have enough material for about 20 nuclear bombs by the end of this year, with ramped-up uranium enrichment facilities and an existing stockpile of plutonium, according to new assessments by weapons experts.