March 24, 2018

N Korea prepares for Foundation Day, some predict another test

11 September 2017, 12:12 | Rufus Hill

Amid diplomatic row, Putin denies disappointment with Trump: 'He is not my bride. I am not his groom.'

Chinese, Russian leaders reiterate call for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons

Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of weapons tests, the latest a detonation Sunday of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

North Korea says it needs its weapons to protect itself from U.S. aggression and regularly threatens to destroy the United States.

He took the time to share his hopes that Russian Federation and the United States will find compromises and resolve bilateral and worldwide problems, just as Trump has said.

The Russian leader said there are "many reasonable people in the current (US) administration" who are experienced and who have dealt with similar crises. In response to a question at the forum, Putin said, "Strengthening military pressure won't lead anywhere".

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Wednesday that Japan now estimates a bomb North Korea tested Sunday had a yield of about 160 kilotons, based on a definitive analysis of the magnitude of the seismic activity observed during the detonation.

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on a new set of sanctions soon.

Other measures could include preventing North Koreans from working overseas and putting top officials on a blacklist aimed at imposing asset freezes and travel bans.

But Mr. Putin's sudden prominence may also indicate a more serious shift, presaging a rupture in the worldwide community's unified front on pressing North Korea to back down.

Putin is of the view that there is no point in imposing sanctions on North Korea because Pyongyang would never abandon its nuclear weapons program unless it were convinced that its regime could still be maintained.

"China will make close communication with relevant parties with an objective, fair and responsible attitude", Wang said without commenting if China would agree to curb oil exports to North Korea.

China accounted for 92 per cent of North Korea's trade in 2016, according to South Korea's government. Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed in a telephone call on Tuesday that China must do more to persuade North Korea to cease its missile tests, a spokesman for May said.

Moon had left his offer of talks open as long as the North refrains from further provocations, and some key officials even argued that South Korea should downscale joint military drills with the US and ease sanctions if the North halts provocations.

North Korea says it needs to develop weapons to protect itself against USA aggression.

North Korea's Day of the Foundation of the Republic, a public holiday, is on Saturday, September 9, and global investors will be watching closely for any bold move from the nation.

South Koreans are increasingly doubtful that North Korea will start a war, a survey released yesterday showed.

This is the driving force behind Moscow opposing the deployment of the cutting-edge Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system by US military forces in South Korea, and expressing concern Japan was considering installing the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system. Putin didn't answer, but a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman recently said that "it could be worth remembering" not all US presidents go the distance.

Two THAAD batteries have already been installed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution. Seongju residents and activists have anxious over rumored health hazards and the possibility of being targeted in North Korean attacks.

North Korea fired the ICBMs at highly lofted angles in July to reduce ranges and avoid other countries.

South Korean officials said they were watching for radioactive fallout from the test and for signs of preparations for more activity. "Is it inevitable? Nothing is inevitable", Trump told reporters.

Would Washington come to South Korea's aid and take on such a risk if the North shells a southern island with artillery as it did in 2010?

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