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And then there's North Korea

13 Setiembre 2017, 10:55 | Dolorita Barahona

Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump shake hands REUTERS

Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump shake hands REUTERS

Following last weekend's nuclear test, Trump said he was considering cutting off United States trade links with any country that does business with North Korea, whose main economic partner is China.

Trump on Wednesday said that military action was not his "first choice", but only weeks earlier vowed to rain "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if the North did not stop threatening the United States and its allies. The North Korean government has spoken about plans for an attack on USA military facilities in Guam.

Sensing a nuclear threat, South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday sought to find common ground with his Russian counterpart to prevent the situation on the Korean peninsula from getting out of control.

Earlier, Mrs May told a meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes represent a "threat to the whole of the worldwide community". The White House said at the time that their relationship was "extremely close" and "will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem".

Russian Federation has rebuffed United States calls for new UN sanctions while Washington has promised its allies advanced weaponry.

"South Korea has experienced so many provocations from North Korea for 50, 60 years, so there is no panic".

Pressure from Washington has ratcheted up since North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday.

South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has stressed that all options, including military action, are being considered to eliminate what it calls this unacceptable existential nuclear threat from North Korea.

VLADIVOSTOK-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on September 7 that pressure of a much different dimension must be applied on North Korea following its sixth nuclear test.

"It doesn't seem much time is left before North Korea achieves its complete nuclear armament", CNN quoted the Prime Minister as saying at a meeting of defence officials here.

"If our participation in talks is desired, I will immediately say yes", Merkel told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview to be published on Sunday.

North Korea accused South Korea and Japan of "dirty politics".

South Korea's acting deputy minister of defense policy informed parliament on Monday that there are signs of more aggressive missile launches by #North Korea. There are now two THAAD launchers in operation at the Seongju base. Kim Jong-un learned the lesson of the U.S. invasion of Iraq - that the USA will attack only those countries that do not yet have nuclear weapons - and ramped up its own nuclear programme. China has also been strongly against the deployment, arguing that the battery's presence undermines its security interests in the region.

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