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US, Japanese troops begin joint military exercise amid North Korea threat | Fox News

The exercise, known as Northern Viper 17, will take place on Hokkaido — Japan’s northern-most main island — and will last until Aug. 28. According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the drill will include 500 Marines and 18 aircraft operating out of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the island of Honshu. “We are improving our readiness not only in the air, but as a logistical support team,” Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement. “We are in a prime location for contingency purposes and this exercise will only build upon our readiness in the case a real-world scenario occurs.”

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/10/us-japanese-troops-begin-joint-military-exercise-amid-north-korea-threat.html

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Wrestling With North Korea, Trump Finds Perilous Options – NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s threat on Thursday to test-fire ballistic missiles soon near the American territory of Guam deepened the challenge confronting the Trump administration: how to defang Pyongyang’s missile programs without risking all-out war. President Trump has made clear that his goal is to deny North Korea the capability to field a long-range nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States. And though the Pentagon still hopes for a diplomatic solution, highly classified military options are at the ready, last seriously debated when the Clinton administration pondered pre-emptive action to try to thwart North Korea’s nuclear program.

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https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/world/asia/north-korea-military-options-trump.html?referer=http://www.drudgereport.com/

Chinese trade with North Korea jumped 10.5% in the first half of this year, according to China Customs data

China’s imports from North Korea dropped 13.2 percent in January-to-June to $880 million, data from Chinese customs showed on Thursday.

Exports to North Korea rose 29.1 percent to $1.67 billion during the period, the data showed.

China’s trade with North Korea expanded by 10.5 percent to $2.55 billion in the six months

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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/12/chinese-trade-with-north-korea-jumped-10-point-5-percent-in-the-first-half-of-this-year-according-to-china-customs-data.html

North Korea’s new nukes are capable of destroying US naval base 6,000 miles away in CALIFORNIA, top missile expert warns

The missile is currently estimated to have a range of 4,000-5,000 miles – enough to reach Alaska or Hawaii, according to aerospace engineer John Schilling.

He said: “If the Hwasong-14 is put together the way we think it is, it can probably do a bit better than that when all the bugs are worked out.”

Speaking to 38 North – a monitoring project linked to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA – Schilling warned the rocket is “likely” to be able to deliver a half-tonne warhead to San Diego within two years.

Schilling added: “The North Koreans won’t be able to achieve this performance tomorrow, but they likely will eventually.”

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3992390/north-korea-nukes-nuclear-weapons-capable-destroying-us-naval-base-california/

US: North Korea launched new kind of missile – CNNPolitics.com

CNN)The two-stage missile launched Tuesday by North Korea will be classified by US intelligence as a brand-new missile that has not been seen before, US officials told CNN.

The first stage of the missile is believed to be a KN-17 liquid fueled missile, which is well-known to US intelligence and has been previously launched by North Korea.

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/05/politics/us-north-korea-launched-new-missile/index.html