US vows all-out defense against 'grave' North Korean threat

US vows all-out defense against 'grave' North Korean threat

The United States and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to step up military and diplomatic efforts to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, saying they posed a "grave" security threat following repeated tests this year, Reuters reported.

After talks in Washington between their foreign and defense ministers, the countries said they had agreed to set up a high-level Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group to leverage "the full breadth of national power – including diplomacy, information, military coordination, and economic elements" in the face of the North Korean threat.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would do "whatever is necessary" to defend itself, South Korea and other allies against North Korea.

Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter reaffirmed that any attack by North Korea would be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons "met with an effective and overwhelming response," a joint statement said.

It said Kerry and Carter reiterated the "ironclad and unwavering" U.S. commitment "to draw on the full range of its military capabilities, including the U.S. nuclear umbrella, conventional strike, and missile defense capabilities, to provide extended deterrence" to South Korea.

Asked what the United States could do to prevent North Korea conducting more nuclear tests after those in January and September, Kerry told a news conference:

“We will up and energize those three things that we have already been doing and put greater pressure, put greater diplomacy to work, and put greater deterrence to work so that in every case we will underscore the futility of what Kim Jong-un and North Korea are pursuing.”

He said the military option was a last resort and Washington was working to tighten sanctions, including by trying to close a loophole in U.N. steps that allowed North Korea to export coal for "livelihood" purposes.

Kerry said this was "obviously being abused ... because the greatest amount of coal, and the greatest amount of revenue, historically, has just passed between China and North Korea."

As part of the military effort, Kerry said the United States would deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system to South Korea "as soon as possible."

China strongly opposes deployment of the U.S. system, saying it would impinge on its own strategic deterrence.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said North Korea was nearing the "final stage of nuclear weaponization" and the allies would mobilize "all tools in the toolkit" to defend themselves.

“What is most important is to continuously demonstrate our capability and deterrence with our commitment and actions so that Pyongyang can feel the panic under their skins,” he said.

Production of electric cars in Iran needs more motivation - ministry official
Production of electric cars in Iran needs more motivation - ministry official
Iran ready to have closer ties with Saudi Arabia, FM says
Iran ready to have closer ties with Saudi Arabia, FM says
Iran talks insurance data in its mining sector
Iran talks insurance data in its mining sector
Loading Bars
Latest
First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva shares images from Karabakh on her official Instagram account (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Germany's COVID-19 incidence rate drops below 100 for first time in two months
Georgia updates environmental targets with support from EU4Climate project
Azerbaijani FM, high-ranked EU official discuss Armenian-Azerbaijani border situation
Extra costs to air fares for PCR testing almost double flight cost - IATA
SOCAR to supply Rosneft’s oil products to Baltic states, Ukraine, Poland
Google leads U.S. business push to preserve work permits for H-1B spouses
Production of electric cars in Iran needs more motivation - ministry official
Azerbaijan, US exchange views on Armenian-Azerbaijani border situation
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for May 14
Georgia negotiating with South African, Polish companies to manufacture military UAVs
Second batch of Sputnik V vaccine expected to be delivered to India by end of the week
London May cocoa expiry sees 72,230 tonnes tendered
Azerbaijan confirms 326 more COVID-19 cases, 1,262 recoveries
Azerbaijan names date of issuing tickets for UEFA EURO 2020 matches in Baku
Afghan president calls Azerbaijani president
Wizz Air joins airlines cancelling Tel Aviv flights
Georgia receives financing from WB toward cost of energy supply reliability
More Azerbaijani enterprises to export tomatoes to Russia
'Lancet report on India COVID-19 response another attempt to undermine developing country's ability to challenge big pharma's monopoly'
Kazakh telecommunications company opens tender to buy station for wells management
Russia reports 9,462 daily COVID-19 cases
Azerbaijani MoD names number of commissioned military units in liberated areas (PHOTO)
Total assets of INPEX rise in Q1 2021
INPEX sees decrease in net natural gas sales
INPEX Corporation increases net sales of crude oil
Turkish company Chalik Holding to build new wind farm in Georgia
No oil deliveries planned from Azerbaijan to Belarus in May
Revenues of Azerbaijan State Maritime Agency decrease
Kazakhstan's ERG eyeing more investments into future projects
Kazakhstan sees decrease in trade with Netherlands
Kazakhstan, France discuss fuel energy cooperation prospects
Georgia reports 1,390 new cases of coronavirus for May 14
France's Macron to go down in history as killer of OSCE Minsk Group
Airbnb bookings jump 52% as vaccinations spur vacation rental demand
SOCAR ready to share capacity of Southern Gas Corridor with Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan decreases exports to Hungary
Azerbaijani oil prices decline
Russian IrAero to launch flights to Azerbaijan soon
Zulfiya Khanbabayeva to be the next narrator of Nar's ‘Reading hour’ project (PHOTO)
Apple supplier Foxconn reports Q1 profit T$28.2 bln, beats estimates
Kazakh gas supply company opens tender for pipeline maintenance
Georgia reveals rating of its largest wine and spirits companies
Georgian Geofresh company eyes Europe, Dubai to expand exports
Georgian Adjara creating new platform for tourism development
Turkey discloses number of ships received by Tuzla port
Turkish ministry discloses volume of cargo handled through Bartin port
Sweden, WB supporting Georgia by addressing wastewater treatment challenges
IMF underlines successfully completed four-year extended program in Georgia
Georgia considers opening of land borders
UN Secretary General calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza Strip and Israel
Kazakhstan requires sustainable management practices for natural resources - UNIDO
Iran’s FM meets with Spanish counterpart
Kazakhstan reports 2,549 more COVID-19 cases, total at 353,140
Turkey reports 11,534 new COVID-19 cases, 5,083,996 in total
6.0-magnitude quake strikes off Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued
Colonial Pipeline restarts entire pipeline system - company statement
Hamas launches 100 more missiles in direction of Ashkelon
More than 745,000 COVID-19 infections detected worldwide over past 24 hours - WHO
UN Security Council to hold open session on Israel and Gaza Strip on May 16
Oil prices drop as U.S. pipeline resumes operations
Latvia eases entry rules for vaccinated travelers
Three rockets launched toward Israel from Lebanon, no damage -Israeli military
Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass 4.66 mln
Over 500 residential buildings razed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Strip
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry issues statement on tension on Armenian-Azerbaijani border
China's Qinghai donates anti-pandemic supplies to Kyrgyzstan
Azerbaijani FM talks tension on Azerbaijani-Armenian border with OSCE Chairman-in-Office
Georgian's commercial banks see increase in number of total loans
Azerbaijani, Russian FMs exchange views on tensions on Azerbaijani-Armenian border
Overseas election headquarters established at Iran’s foreign ministry
Sputnik V approved for use in Republic of Maldives
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for May 13
Azerbaijan confirms 509 more COVID-19 cases, 1,427 recoveries
COVID-19 cases decrease in 80 Turkish provinces in a week
Tajikistan delegation to visit Uzbekistan on May 14
Gaza death toll jumps to 84 as Israeli air raids intensify
Musk decries bitcoin's 'insane' energy use after Tesla payment U-turn
Azerbaijani president got touched by National leader Heydar Aliyev's words about Shusha (VIDEO)
Azerbaijani president once again says at Jidir Plain in Shusha - Karabakh is Azerbaijan! (VIDEO)
EU countries urged to halt non-essential travel from India
U.S. weekly jobless claims fall
Gaza flare-up further weakens shekel
Georgia increases aviation fuel imports
Iran ready to have closer ties with Saudi Arabia, FM says
Azerbaijan’s import of goods from Italy down
Iran talks insurance data in its mining sector
Turkish ministry discloses volume of cargo handled through Mersin port
Georgia adopts new rule on forest use
Kazakh Senate adopts document on economic relations with Kyrgyzstan, within EAEU
Volume of chemical products exported by Turkey to Azerbaijan disclosed
KazTransOil completes connecting newly constructed sections to Uzen-Atyrau-Samara pipeline
Trade ministry discloses volume of cereals imported by Kazakhstan from Turkey
Russian Bright Way Group to set up pharmaceutical plant in North Kazakhstan
Georgia sees decrease in amount of local small companies
Turkmenistan's Turkmennebit opens tender to purchase of chemical products
Kazakhstan's exports to Latvia decrease
Kazakhstan boosts agriculture goods output
A year ago, different music was played in Shusha, other actions were taking place here - President Aliyev
President Ilham Aliyev meets with journalists in Shusha
All news