Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Commander Of The U.S. Pacific Command Testifies Before Congress On The North Korean Threat

The Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, waits to testify before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on 'Military Assessment of the Security Challenges in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The Guardian: US commander not confident North Korea will refrain from nuclear assault

Adm Harry Harris testifies before House, indicating a preference for a US show of military force in order to deter North Korea from launching a devastating assault

The US admiral in charge of a potential conflict with North Korea has said his goal is to bring Kim Jong-un “to his senses, not to his knees”.

Tensions between the US and North Korea are white-hot ahead of an anticipated sixth nuclear test from Pyongyang and its accelerating long-range missile development. Donald Trump has invited the entire US Senate to the White House on Wednesday afternoon for a classified briefing on the situation.

Adm Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command (Pacom), sounded dire notes before a congressional panel on Wednesday, testifying that he did not have confidence that North Korea would refrain from “something precipitous” should it succeed in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon to mount on a ballistic missile.

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WNU Editor: He has taken responsibility for the USS Carl Vinson deployment confusion .... US admiral in hot seat at hearing takes the blame for the Vinson carrier location flap (CNBC). More here .... ‘All on me:’ US admiral takes blame in carrier to N.Korea fiasco (AFP). Adm Harry Harris's full testimony is here.

More News On Today's Congressional Testimony From Commander Of The U.S. Pacific Command Adm Harry Harris

U.S. may need stronger defense against North Korea missiles: admiral -- Reuters
U.S. Commander for Korea Warns of Growing Nuclear Threat -- Bloomberg
To counter North Korea, admiral says the U.S. should consider adding ballistic missile interceptors in Hawaii -- Washington Post
US missile system in South Korea operational soon: US admiral -- Channel News Asia/AFP
N. Korea Has No Capabilities to Threaten US Strike Group - Pacific Command Head -- Sputnik
North Korea tensions: US ready to 'bring Kim Jong-un to his senses' -- BBC

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