Pompeo's recast red line leaves an opportunity for the Trump administration to pump existing and prototype US missile defense programs with cash, claim their efficacy is sufficient to protect the USA homeland from a North Korean ICBM strike, and call it a day.
USA secretaries of state and defense have stated that the US goal is not regime change in Pyongyang or accelerated unification of the peninsula, and have repeated that "diplomacy is our preferred means of changing North Korea's course of action". "We are prepared, we are prepared militarily, we are prepared with our allies to respond, if that is necessary". On Thursday, the general said that while war would be "absolutely horrific", it would be "unimaginable" to allow Kim to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles that could threaten the US. In response, North Korea threatened to fire missiles over Japan into the waters surrounding the USA territory of Guam, which serves as a base for us bombers in the region. A day later, Mattis and Tillerson faced questions about Bannon's remarks as they appeared with their Japanese counterparts at a State Department press conference. "But should different circumstances occur, then we will solidify the relation that we have with the United States with close communication".
Nowhere in that statement does it say that the United States has to cancel exercises. Tillerson said the North Korean regime should engage in diplomatic talks to bring better results, unlike in the past. "We will continue that effort diplomatically, first and foremost", he said. North Korea views such exercises as preparations to invade it.
Even though North Korea has backed off its plans to launch a missile strike near Guam this month, it may just be a matter of time before things re-escalate.
Taepodong-2 is of the most concern as it is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). "The four of us confirmed the importance of the unwavering United States commitment to extend the deterrence", he said.
The drills also come following a meeting between two of the top military leaders of the USA and China, which has been tasked by President Donald Trump to step up its actions to hinder Kim and the North's threats. Beijing, which accounts for 90 percent of North Korean trade, announced last week it was banning the import of iron, lead, and seafood, among other imports from Pyongyang, as part of recently passed United Nations sanctions. The worldwide community is speaking with one voice. "I can confidently say there will not be a war again on the Korean Peninsula". U.S. forces in the Pacific were not put on combat alert. Our militaries are also cooperating in new ways. He said for security. "Together, we will deter and if necessary defeat any threat". "Nobody can choose to carry out military action without South Korea's consent".
"It reinforces the images of the strides North Korea made in missile capability and how North Korea is undaunted by any challenges to its sovereignty." he said.