Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

China renews call for North Korea, US 'freeze-for-freeze'

Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs and his U.S. counterpart Joseph Yun shake hands before holding a meeting in a hotel on the southern resort island of Jeju on Nov. 17 2017 to China renews call for North Korea, US 'freeze-for-freeze'
Howard Terry | 18 November, 2017, 00:40

North Korea appears to be on an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, Reuters reports.

Between January and September, China exported almost 49,000 tonnes of corn to North Korea, compared with 3,125 tonnes in 2016, according to figures from Beijing. The report states that satellite images of the Sinpo South Shipyard taken November 5 show "the presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine's pressure hull in the yards".

Visiting Seoul last week, US President Donald Trump warned North Korea he was prepared to use the full range of American military power to stop any attack, but also urged Pyongyang to "make a deal".

Mattis said the United States military was closely watching why there had been no missile launches recently, but declined to give potential reasons for it.

An official from South Korea's top spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, told lawmakers on Thursday that North Korea has not secured the key technologies needed to build a ballistic missile that can survive a return through the atmosphere, the Yonhap news agency reported yesterday, citing a "parliamentary source".

"I wouldn't speculate on what North Korea's activities are or aren't", White told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday. The last time China's special envoy for North Korea visited the country was in February previous year.

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has reiterated its call to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons as it expressed "grave concern" over North Korea's missile tests, saying these "seriously threaten peace and stability" in the region.

Doctors said the soldier's height was 1.7 metres (5ft 7in) and his weight 60kg (9st 6lb).

North Korea has tested a series of missiles this year, including one that flew over Japan, and conducted its sixth and biggest nuclear test in September. The pause follows 15 missile tests and one hydrogen bomb explosion within nine months.

Onodera, for his part, told Harris that he believed a recent joint military exercise involving Japanese forces and three USA aircraft carriers had sent a "very strong message" to North Korea.

In an interview with Reuters, Han Tae Song, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, brushed off the new sanctions which the Trump administration says it's preparing, as well as the possibility of North Korea being added to a USA list of states sponsoring terrorism.

"The DPRK, my country, will continue to build up its self-defence capability, the pivot of which is nuclear forces and capability for a triumphant. strike, as long as U.S. and hostile forces keep up (the) nuclear threat and blackmail", he said.

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