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USA responds to North Korea missile test with show of force

02 August 2017

Sen. Lindsey Graham told NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday that President Donald Trump told him that there will be war with North Korea if they continue to try to hit the US with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

"We highly value the commitment by Trump to take all necessary steps to protect allied countries" from North Korea's growing missile threat, he added.

The Air Force said the missions show solidarity with its allies South Korea and Japan, where the US has a combined force of about 80,000 servicemembers.

As the Trump administration struggles with its response to North Korea's recent missile tests, many have wondered how close the country actually is to being able to launching a nuclear attack.

His greater concern: "The North Koreans have brought their nuclear program far enough and with the current tension between North Korea and the United States, that we may stumble into a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula". The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska.

On Sunday, two American B-1B Lancer bombers flew from Guam to South Korea, picking up Japanese and Korean escort fighters along the way.

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"There will be a war with North Korea over their missile program if they continue to try to hit America with an ICBM".

"I am very disappointed in China".

While tourists are free to visit the secretive state as part of strictly controlled tour groups, they are told to never take photos of soldiers by their handlers.

Though considered by many to be the worst case scenario, the plan described by Graham illustrates a harsh reality surrounding using military force against North Korea.

North Korea has quietly unveiled renovations around its capital's biggest landmark - a futuristic, pyramid-shaped 105-story hotel that remains the world's tallest unoccupied building 30 years after construction began.

"As much as I would like North Korea to freeze and end its nuclear program, no combination of threats, engagement, negotiations, and sanctions, has produced that outcome", he wrote.

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The exercise was followed yesterday by a successful test by American forces of a missile interception system the USA hopes will be installed on the Korean peninsula.

Beijing says it has slashed imports of coal from North Korea, but trade between the two countries is rising.

Washington accused North Korea of cheating and covertly continuing its atomic work, while the North often accused the United States and others of failing to provide aid on time. The first on July 4 showed the missile had the range to reach Alaska. "The time for talk is over", she said.

"This could be easily carried by the Hwasong-14, though to reach the US mainland, a lighter-weight bomb may be required", the report said.

Based on the video evidence, he said, a "reasonable conclusion" is that the ICBM's re-entry vehicle did not survive the test.

Diplomats say China and Russian Federation only view a long-range missile test or nuclear weapon test as a trigger for further possible UN Security Council sanctions.

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USA responds to North Korea missile test with show of force