South Korean Influence Wanes in Face of North Korean Threat

Violet Powell
September 7, 2017

"Resorting to just any sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient", Putin told reporters following an worldwide summit in China.

"First, we should not accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state".

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency Security Council meeting called in response to North Korea's Sunday nuclear test that the U.S. wants a new United Nations resolution with tougher sanctions adopted by next Monday.

Professor Kwon Yong Soo, at Korea National Defense University, told the Strait Times: "The measure would dramatically boost South Korea's retaliation capability against North Korea".

Japan is singing the same tune as the U.S., with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday calling for additional measures.

Turnbull told reporters: "A conflict would be catastrophic — everyone understands that".

"All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims". The near-constant unease has worsened in recent months as North Korea has displayed rapid improvement in its weapons capabilities, testing intercontinental ballistic missiles and a string of other missiles meant to target USA forces in Asia and the US mainland.

Trump had been speaking to President Xi about the best approach to Kim Jong-Un's threatening nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. China called that threat unacceptable and unfair.

Moon, the son of North Korean refugees, has continued to seek dialogue even as he bolsters South Korea's defences. "China will promote denuclearisation and the maintenance of stability on the peninsula, and promote solving problems on the peninsula through dialogue and consultation".

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South Korea is also working on a 'decapitation strike' team that would be deployed to eliminate the North's leadership if war broke out.

Robert Einhorn, a former senior US non-proliferation specialist now at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, said North Korea has learned from the USA invasion of Iraq and the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's decision to stop developing weapons of mass destruction "that you can't give up critical assets that you need for your own survival".

And it seems that South Koreans are not sure that Donald Trump is the man to bring about an end to the crisis. Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed in a telephone call on Tuesday that China must do more to persuade North Korea to cease its missile tests, a spokesman for May said.

Moon, making the comments at a joint media conference with Putin after a meeting in Russia, said the Russian president expressed his full support for South Korea's efforts to handle issues related to North Korea.

Hours later, the Seoul-based Asia Business Daily reported that North Korea was preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile before Saturday.

We will need a more aggressive strategy for defeating Pyongyang's cyber activities and to interdict North Korean movements of money and technology related to its nuclear and missile development.

Chang Kyung-soo, acting chief of the Defence Ministry's policy planning office, told lawmakers in Seoul on Monday that North Korea was readying a missile firing, but didn't give a timeframe.

Last year, China shipped just over 96,000 tonnes of gasoline and nearly 45,000 tonnes of diesel to North Korea, where it is used across the economy, from fishermen and farmers to truckers and the military.

Russian Federation often mixes criticism of North Korean actions with calls on the United States, South Korea, and Japan to refrain from any steps that might increase tension or provoke Pyongyang, whose ties with Moscow are far warmer than with Washington.

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