Mattis says he and Trump are on same page regarding North Korea

Posted September 05, 2017

"We have a common goal - denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, so that neither the North nor the South, the US and us [Russia] have nuclear weapons", Lavrov said. He said, "North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly. This regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable worldwide behavior", said President Donald Trump said in a statement on August 29.

The test was meant to send a message the reclusive state might also send projectiles near Guam as it threatened earlier this month.

"This reckless act of launching a missile that flies over our country is an unprecedented, serious and important threat".

"We have also requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council".

China announced a full ban on imports of coal, iron, and seafood, among other goods from North Korea as of August 15, thus cutting key export revenues for Pyongyang.

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Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest point in years after a series of missile tests by Pyongyang. However, Trump said after the latest missile test that negotiations with Pyongyang were "not the answer".

But animosity is higher than usual following threats by Mr Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on the North, and Pyongyang's stated plan to consider firing some of its missiles near Guam.

North Korea bought into that kind of agreement in the past, before hardliners in the U.S. Congress undermined American compliance with the agreement.

North Korea has been maintaining a torrid pace in weapons tests this year as it openly pursues an arsenal of nuclear-armed, intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching deep into the USA mainland.

The two leaders confirmed their "continuing, close" cooperation on efforts to address North Korea's launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile this week, according to the White House.

This test marks the second time that a SM-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target, officials said.

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Kim Jong Un "sternly" said that "the drill conducted by the (North's) Strategic Force is a curtain-raiser of its resolute countermeasures" against joint military exercises being conducted by the US and South Korea. "We were watching what they were doing, but I did not know what, in fact, they were thinking, whether or not they were really throttling back or not", he said.

North Korea hates such displays of USA military might at close range and will likely respond with fury.

Constant North Korean provocations do not seriously disturb Seoul-based foreigners like Matthew Crawford either.

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Seoul's joint chiefs of staff said the missile travelled around 1,677 miles and reached a maximum height of 341 miles as it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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