North Korea can strike Alaska. What can the USA do?

North Korea can strike Alaska. What can the USA do?

North Korea can strike Alaska. What can the USA do?

Speaking on the eve of the summit, a Japanese official said Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed to push for China to play a larger role in reining North Korea's nuclear ambitions. President Moon reportedly asked China to do more during his own bilateral meeting with Xi on Thursday, but Xi rebuffed his request by talking about the "blood alliance" between China and North Korea.

Despite Moon's offer of peace talks, Kim Jong-un has re-committed North Korea to becoming a nuclear state with the ability to hit the USA mainland. The drill demonstrated "the ironclad USA commitment to our allies", General Terrence O' Shaughnessy, a commander with the Pacific Air Force, said in a statement.

"Abe conveyed Japan's appreciation for the sanctions the usa chose to impose on Chinese organisations", he said.

The show of force comes amid growing tensions on the peninsula after the nuclear-armed North launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe could be capable of reaching Alaska, and parts of the US West Coast.

Washington has led the push for tougher sanctions in response to the milestone in Pyongyang's drive to threaten the US mainland with a nuclear strike, and Trump has also warned he is ready to use force if necessary.

Mocking the South as "puppet military gangsters", the KCNA report added: "It will be as easy as a piece of cake for the (North) to wipe out the puppet we are now able to destroy even the U.S. mainland across the ocean". "We stand ready to provide options if they are necessary", Mattis said.

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Just this week he tweet-shamed China about their trade with North Korea: "Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40% in the first quarter".

North Korea warned recent USA bombing drills risked pushing the divided peninsula to the "tipping point" of war by stoking already-high tensions over the communist state's nuclear weapons program.

In January, Trump tweeted: "China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the totally one-sided trade, but won't help with North Korea".

Trump is due to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose country is North Korea's main trading partner, on the sidelines of the G20 on Saturday.

"We will not look exclusively at North Korea". Defense Secretary James Mattis told CBS News' "Face the Nation" in May that a conflict in North Korea would be, "probably the worst kind of fighting in most people's lifetimes".

The response ran counter to China's repeated calls for North Korea's to stop its missile and nuclear tests in exchange for the United States and South Korea halting the joint military drills that antagonize the Kim regime.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang defended his country's dealings with North Korea, insisting Beijing has upheld United Nations sanction resolutions "in a comprehensive and earnest manner".

USA and South Korean forces fire off missiles from the South's Hyunmu-2 Missile System and the US M20 Multiple Launch Rocket System.

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