North Korea, again — Political Focus

North Korea, again — Political Focus

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned this week that further THAAD deployment "can only severely damage the strategic security balance in the region", harm the strategic interests of other countries such as China and cause further antagonism on the Korean Peninsula.

"The message changes from day to day and for myself, I'm not quite sure what the policy is", Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts said.

South Korea said stronger missiles are crucial to the so-called "kill chain" pre-emptive strike capability it wants to use to target North Korea.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman on Wednesday encouraged President Trump to reach out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying "things could happen".

Both China and Russia have condemned North Korea for the latest nuclear test but have adhered to their long-held positions of prioritizing the restart of negotiations, rather than putting too much pressure on Pyongyang in the belief that doing so would further escalate tensions. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", or his tweet that followed, suggesting that "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.

Xi is also attempting to manage China's rise to the top tier of nations, but if the Middle Kingdom cannot keep an erstwhile tributary state in check, how can it credibly challenge great powers?

The hourglass-shaped device North Korea claims to have launched.

Wang Yi's suggestion that China would agree to push forward with additional sanctions by the UNSC comes amid speculation that China's main ally on the UNSC, Russia, may veto any new measures against the DPRK.

Meanwhile, two Japanese fighters and two US bombers carried out a joint exercise over the East China Sea on Saturday, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said in Tokyo.

North Korea has put China in a difficult spot with its latest nuclear test. And that spot will only get more difficult if radioactive contamination suddenly turns up in China. The South Korean regime has time and again indicated its willingness to negotiate even in the midst of the boisterous exchange of threats between Washington and Pyongyang, to the chagrin of Trump.

"There are real concerns North Korea might not be able to be deterred", the official said.

"Military action would certainly be an option", Trump told a White House news conference when he was asked about the possibility after meeting the leader of Kuwait.

Putin, who was in China for the BRICS summit (participated in by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), told reporters that he had said to one of his counterparts at the talks that North Korea "will eat grass but will not give up the [nuclear] program if they don't feel safe".

But after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this week, Moon's emphasis on dialogue has been called into question by conservatives at home, and by the U.S. president, who derided it as unworkable "appeasement".

On occasion, the U.S. president has actually said he'd be open to talks with Kim Jong Un.

The DPRK's nuclear testing and launches using ballistic missile technology have violated UN Security Council resolutions.

Otherwise, he said, "war is the next inevitable option".

The poll also found that 60 percent of those surveyed believed South Korea should arm itself with nuclear weapons while 35 percent disagreed.

"In 1993, the Council approved Resolution 825 calling on North Korea to remain in the Nonproliferation Treaty".

Correction: a previous version story wrongly attributed the headline quote to the South Korean defense minister, not the prime minister.

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