US General: North Korea Advancing Faster Than Expected

Elias Hubbard
July 28, 2017

Since then, Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo has spoken candidly about the possibility that the U.S. may look to take out Kim Jong Un, and China has pressed on with an increasingly assertive military posture towards North Korea.

Those contingencies "would require a much larger Chinese operation than just sealing the border, with special forces and airborne troops likely entering first to secure nuclear sites, followed by armored ground forces with air cover, pushing deep into North Korea", the Journal said.

And Brooks maintained the United States and the rest of the world must continue to try to deter North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

In the Yellow Sea west of the Korean peninsula, China recently held live-fire drills with its only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, the South China Morning Post reported.

"With global influence comes responsibility", Fallon said, accorting to Reuters, but China insisted it was doing plenty already.

There was speculation that North Korea might use Thursday's anniversary to test-launch a new missile, but late in the day, those fears appeared to have been unfounded.

"We are seeing a level of uncertainty that we have not witnessed in a very long time", Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters in Sydney.

China has rejected the criticism and urged a halt to what it called the "China responsibility theory", saying all parties needed to pull their weight.

"China is not to blame for the root causes of this issue as we are always committed to working with the worldwide community to properly resolve this issue through dialogue and consultation", Lu added.

Referring to reports the missile test moved up estimates of the timeline for fielding a reliable long-range nuclear missile, Brooks, said: "We believe they have".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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