N.Korea could carry out missile test soon

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But he stressed that for China, a resolution must serve to promote denuclearization and peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, and a negotiated solution to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Thornberry, who is pushing for a $2.5 billion increase to the Pentagon's missile defense budget, said Congress and the Trump administration need "to take forceful, swift steps to see that the USA and our allies are protected".

The U.S. military has spotted a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile transporter-erector and firing table in Kusong in North Pyongan Province, U.S. officials with knowledge of North Korea's weapons programs revealed to The Diplomat. Exports to China of coal and other minerals accounted for much of the increase.

"There is no question that the North Korea has moved further and faster with its effort to develop a reliable, nuclear-capable ICBM that can be built in quantity, but there are still doubts about whether it can cross that threshold in a year".

The Washington Post first reported on the new timeline Wednesday, July 25, citing an assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia has been consistent in calling on North Korea to stop its provocative actions.

According to this source, "movements of vehicles carrying launch tubes (missiles) have been observed continuously in the province of Pyongan to the North, in the west of North Korea".

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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently issued a report warning that this year North Korea could experience one of the worst droughts since 2001.

The House Armed Services Committee held a classified briefing for all members of the chamber on Tuesday to discuss North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile development. But analysts say conditions today are different and the likelihood of widespread starvation is very low.

Still, a US-led attack on North Korea remains unlikely.

As I've told my counterparts, both friend and foe, it is not unimaginable to have military options to respond to North Korean nuclear capability.

Transporter vehicles carrying equipment for the firing of a ballistic missile were seen arriving in Kusong of the country's northwestern province, CNN reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed US defense official.

"If they really wanted to fill the gap by importing food from outside, they could spend that amount of money easily, but they don't do it because they can always have access to the NGOs (nongovernment organizations) and global organizations ready to provide them with free food assistance", Go said.

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