The United States vowed on Wednesday to do “whatever is necessary” to defend itself, South Korea and other allies against the “grave” threat posed by North Korea, which has conducted two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches this year. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the start of talks in Washington between the foreign and defence ministers of the United States and South Korea that the U.S. commitment to provide “extended deterrence, guaranteed by the full spectrum of U.S. defence capabilities” was “unwavering.” The term “extended deterrence” refers to the U.S. nuclear umbrella that protects non-nuclear allies South Korea and Japan in East Asia. Read More
North Korea ‘will target Japan first’: Chilling new warning from rogue communist state as White House insists it does NOT have nuclear powers – North Korea has threatened to target Japan first and attack its capital, after the pariah state’s leader threatened to start war and launch nuclear missiles. Tokyo has orders to destroy any missile heading toward Japan, Korean Central News Agency reported. The country has deployed PAC-3 missile interceptor units around its capital in response to North Korea’s threats to target Japan.