US Pacific Command waiting for Obama’s orders to shoot down
The Pentagon has said that it is prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile or rocket if it receives such orders from US President Barack Obama.
“If a missile leaves the launch pad we’ll be prepared to respond upon direction of the president,” Fox News quoted the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Timothy Keating as telling ABC News.
North Korea announced earlier this week that it was preparing to shoot a communication satellite into orbit as part of it space program.
The U.S., South Korea and other neighboring countries believe the launch may be a cover for a missile test-fire, saying the action would trigger international sanctions.
North Korea has lashed out at critics warning it not to test a long-range missile, saying that it would punish those trying to disrupt its plan to send what it calls a satellite into orbit.
“If the puppet warmongers infringe upon our inviolable dignity even a bit … we will not only punish the provokers but reduce their stronghold to debris,” the committee said in a statement carried by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency.
Keating said the U.S. military is ready to respond to the missile launch with at least five different systems: a naval destroyer, Aegis cruiser, radar system, space-based system and ground-based interceptor.
US-China resume military ties, top officers says
China’s five-month suspension in U.S.-Chinese military contacts to protest Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan has ended with the visit this week of a U.S. Defense Department official, a top Chinese officer said Friday.
However, in opening the discussions, the Defense Ministry’s head of foreign affairs said military-to-military ties remained in a “difficult period,” and demanded that the U.S. remove unspecified obstacles to improvement.
“We expect the U.S. side to take concrete measures for the resumption and development of our military ties,” Maj. Gen. Qian Lihua was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency. Saving on Auto Insurance Puts Money Back in Your Pocket
Such routine calls are generally seen as a form of protest against U.S. military contacts with self-ruling Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province to be reunified with the mainland by force if necessary.
China put military exchanges on hold in October over a $6.5 billion U.S. arms sale to Taiwan, including such advanced weaponry as Patriot missiles and Apache attack helicopters. China said the sale interferes with internal Chinese affairs and harms its national security.
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