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21 April 2017, 02:49 | Erica Roy
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But military experts say that the Trump administration has few realistic options beyond the tough talk to counter the North Korean threat. A number of municipalities are testing community alarm systems and planning evacuation drills as concerns run high around USA military bases. Yet a couple of chilling characteristics set it apart: A nuclear weapons programme and an unpredictable young leader. The American ability to figure out what they are onto is uncertain.
Meanwhile, 1,250 U.S. marines arrived in Australia yesterday "ready to fight" North Korea should war break out.
About 47,000 USA troops are stationed in Japan and a further 28,000 are in South Korea.
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear program have dominated the vice president's 10-day overseas trip.
The U.S. and South Korea are now holding the Max Thunder air combat drill created to improve allied readiness for a serious escalation of tensions on the peninsula.
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A strike by the U.S. may be a remote possibility as it will have to be in consultation with South Korea, which will bear the brunt.
Japan's ruling party recently urged the government to introduce advanced missile-defense equipment such as a land-based Aegis or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which is being introduced in South Korea.
There is little bit of cosying up happening between the U.S. and Beijing.
The two governments hope to achieve North Korea's abandonment of its nuclear program through heightening USA military pressure as well as strengthening economic sanctions by China.
The Japanese government believes that this policy, which involved no military pressure, actually encouraged North Korea's nuclear and missile development, according to a senior official at the Foreign Ministry.
However President Trump has also repeatedly warned he would "solve" North Korea if China decided not to help.
"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft. the USA delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft", the Russian UN mission said in a statement.
A video showed missiles flying towards the United States, before the USA flag went up in flames. But the aircraft carrier group was thousands of miles away.
"Trump seems capable of doing anything, and he might choose to strike the North before it's technologically able to strike back", said Ray Kim, a 39-year-old Seoul resident.
North Korea said in February that it had successfully tested a new type of medium-to-long-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, propelled by a solid-fuel engine. China supports the statement, but Russian Federation on Wednesday (19 April) has raised objections.
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