North Korea on "Maximum Alert"

Apr 21, 2017, 00:13
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At the same time, the White House's actions have left countries such as Japan, South Korea and Australia - traditional linchpins of US strategy in the region - looking for greater stability and predictability from Washington. Kim Ye-eun, a stock analyst at Cape Investment & Securities, said the KOSPI won't fluctuate drastically over tensions between the United States and North Korea as investors now largely see the South Korean economy as fundamentally sound enough to withstand such geopolitical risks.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence affirmed Tuesday in Tokyo that they will urge China to play a greater role in preventing further provocation by North Korea.

Ms Bishop supported the U.S. change of strategy and said all options were on the table, including military action.

North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador Kim In Ryong said during a news conference that the USA was turning the Korean Peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a unsafe distuation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment".

He told the BBC: "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

"If the USA is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all out war".

President Donald Trump in Washington and Pence at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea have signalled a forceful US stance on North Korea's recent actions.

The unannounced visit Monday at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia was a USA show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

United States Vice President Mike Pence has said North Korea was getting the message that it needed to walk away from its "reckless" nuclear activity.

Officially, however, China supports dialogue above all, leaving Wu the thankless job of trying to coax North Korea and its neighbours and rivals back to the negotiating table.

He warned Pyongyang "would do well not to test" the resolve of Mr Trump.

Wu did not mention sanctions during the interview, reiterating China's commitment to a peaceful resolution through dialogue, the same stance Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed to U.S. President Donald Trump in a phone call last week.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated China's standard line that the crisis could only be resolved by diplomacy.

"If the United States of America is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method". South Korea hosts 28,500 USA troops to counter the threat from the North.

After meeting with Abe, Pence held talks with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on a new U.S. -Japan "economic dialogue" to be led by the two.

"That deployment of such a defence system reflects a strong defence and security alliance between South Korea and the USA and is a direct response to the threat posed by North Korea", she said.

In early March, the North simultaneously fired four ballistic missiles off its east coast, three of which fell provocatively close to Japan, in what it said was a drill for an attack on United States bases in the country.

That deal was soon scuppered, however, when North Korea carried out its first nuclear test in October 2006 then pulled out of the discussions in 2009.

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