North Korea links nuclear advances to hostile US policy

by Linda Olson May 20, 2017, 0:54
North Korea links nuclear advances to hostile US policy

They said the North's "unacceptable" action underscored the importance of the U.S. -Japan alliance.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi made the remarks at the opening of a second day of meetings between Chinese officials and special envoy Lee Hae-chan, a former South Korean prime minister.

Moon made his comments hours after South Korea, which hosts 28,500 USA troops, said it wanted to reopen a channel of dialogue with North Korea as Moon seeks a two-track policy, involving sanctions and talks, to try to rein in its neighbour.

The launch early on Sunday took place at a region named Kusong, where the North previously test-launched an intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing.

The two leaders could hold their first face-to-face talks in July on the margins of a summit of Group of 20 major economies in Germany.

In a separate meeting with Lee on Friday, China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi said China "hopes that South Korea can respect China's major concerns (and) appropriately resolve the THAAD issue", Xinhua reported.

China says its influence has been exaggerated and has called on South Korea and the U.S.to end large-scale wargames seen as threatening by North Korea in exchange for the North suspending its missile launches and nuclear tests. However, Moon is now seeking a two-track policy of sanctions and dialogue.

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She said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "paranoid" and thinks that the United States is trying to promote regime change and that there are people trying to assassinate him.

He is quoted as saying that South Korea had not yet received official word from the United States on whether Seoul should pay for USA missile defense THAAD. "I think it is possible".

"In every test he [Kim] makes, it's a success because it takes North Korea one step closer to be able to deliver a nuclear-tipped missile anywhere in the world", Harris said.

"You either support North Korea or you support us, because that's what it comes down to", Haley said at a news conference.

The above given information was reportedly attested when North Korea's state media confirmed the estimates. "And the United States is not past looking at third-country entities who are helping North Korea and putting sanctions on them". They're intimidating the entire global community. Putin said Russian Federation was categorically opposed to any expansion of the "club of nuclear powers".

The claim, if true, could mark an advancement in the North's ICBM program exceeding most expectations, said Kim Dong-yub, a professor at Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul.

In this undated image made from video, members of CD REV chant about THAAD, the U.S. Army's missile defense system formally known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.


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