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Tension runs high ahead of allies' joint military drill

16 October 2017

North Korea is reportedly moving missiles into position as American and South Korean forces prepare for joint drills. The United Nations has imposed stringent sanctions on North Korea for its weapons tests.

Speaking at a congress of parliamentarians in St Petersburg, in Russian Federation today, he said North Korea's nuclear tests are a threat to the Korean Peninsula. But the growing range and accuracy seen in the North's missile tests has prompted the 29-nation alliance to review its missile defence system, which has been partially operational from a base in Romania since previous year.

Since its nuclear test on September 15 and following its ballistic missile launch, North Korea has not conducted major provocations despite rampant speculation that the regime could do it on and around October 10, when the regime celebrated the founding day of its ruling Korea Workers' Party. But military intervention against North Korea would have "devastating consequences", NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned yesterday, after Trump said diplomatic efforts had failed. Kim responded by calling Trump a "dotard" and warning of the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

That mission came 17 days after four US F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1Bs flew over the peninsula.

North Korea on 15 September fired its second missile over Japan in as many months, a rocket that flew far enough to put the U.S. territory of Guam in range.

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In July, North Korea fired two ICBMs on steep trajectories into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan.

North Korea also turned its focus on Australia at the weekend, warning the U.S. ally of the risks of siding with Trump.

"The American people should be concerned about a state that has developed a pretty good ICBM capability and is developing a pretty good nuclear re-entry vehicle", Kelly said in his first White House press briefing since joining the administration earlier this year, as cited by CNN.

The Pyongyang regime has criticised Australia's "dangerous moves" in its support for the USA in its political and military provocations and should it continue it will not be able to "avoid disaster". "Right now we think the threat is manageable but over time, if it grows beyond where it is today, well, let's hope that diplomacy works", Kelly added.

Tension runs high ahead of allies' joint military drill