U.S. top military officer, Abe affirm cooperation on N. Korea

Mattis Repudiates Bannon's Claims on North Korea

Mattis Repudiates Bannon's Claims on North Korea

The U.S. Secretary of State said Washington is ready to dialogue with Pyongyang only if it is meaningful.

"It's possible that they have discovered an additional uranium enrichment facility that we haven't known about", said John Schilling, a consultant with the 38 North website on North Korea at Johns Hopkins. "We agreed on this point", Mr. Kono said.

Even though North Korea has backed off its plans to launch a missile strike near Guam this month, it may just be a matter of time before things re-escalate.

Japan and the United States have agreed to increase their military cooperation in an attempt to counter the perceived threat from North Korea, officials have announced. "The tragedy of war is well enough known, it does not need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic", U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week.

"We are accelerating implementation of the 2015 guidelines for US-Japan defence cooperation and continuing to realign US forces in Japan and Guam".

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He said he offered Abe some of the perspectives picked up during his time in China, while also focusing on the challenge of North Korea and the trilateral efforts that the U.S., Japanese and South Korean militaries needed to deal with the threat.

Pyongyang threatened to fire missiles towards the U.S. island territory of Guam - home to key U.S. Navy and Air Force bases - although early this week Kim said he would await the Americans' next move before deciding whether or not to go ahead.

"We would take immediate, specific actions to take it down", Mattis said at a press conference following the meeting, referring to any missile launch.

U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to take all necessary steps to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

Following North Korea's well-publicized plans to shoot four rockets over Japanese areas to eventually hit the waters near the USA territory of Guam, Japan tested its J-Alert system, which would transmit information to towns and cities along the projected path of a missile.

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The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates.

Their comments come after White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in an interview that there was "no military solution" to North Korea's nuclear threats because of Pyongyang's artillery targeting the South Korean capital Seoul.

Public anxiety is rising in Japan and South Korea, U.S. allies who lie most directly in the North's line of fire, and China, North Korea's economic backer and former close ally, has expressed growing alarm.

The United States reaffirmed that the military option remained on the table. The worldwide community is speaking with one voice.

That, as well as positioning the forces for a major attack, would wipe out the element of surprise, in part because the North Koreans are believed to have a number of spies in South Korea and elsewhere, US intelligence officials said. In that case Kim Jong Un may feel there's nothing to lose with nuclear war.

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Fan Changlong, a vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission, told the visiting US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford this week in Beijing that China believed the only effective way to resolve the North Korean issue was through talks. Japan may further consider possessing aircraft carriers.

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