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第244期(2017/07/13出刊)

北韓試射洲際飛彈 美國南韓軍演反制

 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has asserted that North Korea's latest missile launch was indeed an intercontinental ballistic missile. That is what the North had boasted and the US and South Korea had feared. Tillerson's comments were the first public confirmation by the US. He called the development — the North's first test launch of a missile capable of reaching the US — a "new escalation of the threat" to the US and the world. He also repeated the US "will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea."
 In response to North Korea's challenge, US and South Korean soldiers fired "deep strike" precision missiles into South Korean waters on July 4. President Trump urged China on Twitter to "put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!" Because the North has continued to test missiles in the face of global pressure, Trump has started voicing doubt that Beijing is up to the task.
 Previously, North Korea had demonstrated missiles of short and medium range, but never one able to get to the US. Since he entered the White House, Trump has talked about confronting Pyongyang and pushing China to increase pressure on the North, but neither strategy has produced fast results.

 美國國務卿提勒森證實,北韓最 近一次發射的飛彈確實是洲際彈道 飛彈,顯示北韓所言不虛,美國和 南韓的擔憂成真。提勒森的談話是 美國首度公開證實北韓第一次試射 射程可達美國的飛彈,並稱這樣的 發展「進一步升高對美國與全世界 的威脅」。他也重申美國「絕不會 接受北韓擁有核武」。
 因應北韓的挑釁,美國和南韓在 7月4日舉行聯合軍演,對著南韓海 域發射「深入敵境」的精準飛彈。美國總統川普推文呼籲中國「對北 韓下重手,讓北韓澈底停止這種胡 鬧的舉動!」但是北韓無視國際施 壓,繼續試射飛彈,讓川普開始質 疑中國能否勝任這個任務。
 北韓之前試射了短程與中程飛彈 ,但從未試射可以抵達美國的飛彈 。自川普上臺後,他考慮讓美國直 接對付平壤,以及透過中國對北韓 施加更多壓力,但至今這兩種策略 都沒有發揮立竿見影之效。

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