Drum beats from the other side over North Korea on Thursday. The US and South Korea vowing to squeeze Pyongyang even further if it crosses the line again with missiles or a nuclear test. But any talk of a preemptive strike seems to have been sidelined. According to Seoul, punishment would include a new UN resolution described as quote, unbearable for the North, but that's as far as any details went.
The threat's in line with the statement from the Trump Whiteh Huse a day earlier saying non-military measures to reign in the North are still the priority, even as the USS Carl Vincent approaches Korean waters. Also on Thursday, an upbeat note from South Korea over the roll out of the US anti-missile system known as THAAD.
Seoul says it's moving ahead smoothly a day after angry protests and fierce objection from China, as parts of the system were driven to the site where's it's being set up. The top U.S. Pacific Commander, Harry Harris says, THAAD will be ready for action in a matter of days, in preparation for a potential missile strike from the North.
Harris dismissed Chinese opposition, saying Beijing won't punish South Korea over a system meant to defend itself. Meanwhile, Pyongyang's foreign ministry says US attempts to make North Korea give up its nuclear program are like, quote, sweeping the sea with a broom.