North korea: Putin calls for "keeping his cool"

Violet Powell
July 10, 2017

South Korean F-15 fighter jets and U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets joined the bombers as they flew over the peninsula.

It's the latest show of force in the region by the United States and its allies since Tuesday's test of an ICBM by North Korea.

"Our self-restraint holds, and diplomatic efforts remain underway as we speak, " he said, adding, however, that diplomatic and economic efforts remained the tools of choice to convince North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile programmes.

The US exercise, created to "sternly respond" to potential missile launches by the North, saw the US bombers drop the inactive weapons on a training range in South Korea.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday underlined the importance of staying calm in the North Korea crisis, saying nuclear-armed Pyongyang should be dealt with in a "pragmatic" manner. During a 20-minute speech, Moon laid out the policy directions for achieving permanent peace on the Korean peninsula amid heightened global and regional tensions after Pyongyang's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday.

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Asked by a reporter at the trilateral meeting - part of which was open to the media - whether he has given up on Chinese President Xi Jinping pressuring North Korea to change its course, Trump said, "Never give up". The penetrate takes after a jointly mounted guns and rocket practice by South Korean and USA powers a day after the North's ICBM test.

In a separate meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said the two were tackling "the problem and menace of North Korea".

"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland", Gen. Terrence O' Shaughnessy, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, said in a statement from Pacific Air Forces.

According to the International Business Times, the B-1 bomber is one of three strategic bombers that has the ability to drop massive quantities of air-to-ground weaponry onto a distant target.

The US is also expected to test its THAAD missile defence system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the next few days. And if it fired at a normal trajectory it could put Alaska in its range.

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