US Officials Consider Shooting Down North Korean Missiles

What's changed with NKorea in 5 weeks since'fire and fury

A South Korean presidential official told Yonhap news agency that Trump's comments are mostly a repetition of a basic stance that all options will be considered when confronting North Korea.

The series of ballistic missile tests out of North Korea has drawn worldwide attention, with President Donald Trump offering some of the strongest and most controversial rhetoric.

The war games come amid heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula, where the United States and South Korea have increased their military activity in the wake of North Korea's testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

"It's a vindictive campaign against South Korea, vindictiveness over the deployment of a missile defense system in South Korea", he said in an interview on CNN.

Secondly, 10 million inhabitants in Seoul would be put in Pyongyang's immediate cross hairs for retaliation, which is only 35 miles from the demilitarised zone along the border between North and South Korea, the New York Times reported.

China has rejected any form of threatening action as a solution for North Korea's nuclear crisis, after US Defense Secretary James Mattis pointed to the likelihood of military options against Pyongyang. Pyongyang tested its first two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and claims that it can now accurately reach the US homeland, though outside experts say the North may still need more tests before its weapons are fully viable.

During his five-day trip through Friday, Moon is likely to ask for the world community's concerted efforts and cooperation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations.

Diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nukes, meanwhile, has been moribund for years.

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