Japan, S Korea can buy more sophisticated United States military equipment

Japan, S Korea can buy more sophisticated United States military equipment

At their meeting, South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha and Japan's Taro Kono said that close cooperation among Seoul, Washington and Tokyo is paramount in dealing with North Korea.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has escalated as North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong Un, has stepped up the development of weapons, testing a string of missiles this year, including one flying over Japan, and conducting its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution. Also, the final parts of a controversial US-built missile defense system arrived at a base in Seongju, south of Seoul, greeted by throngs of protesters.

As Japan looks for a quick, resolute response to North Korea's growing missile threat, some defence policy makers in Tokyo say it may be time to reconsider non-nuclear pledges and invite U.S. "It doesn't seem much time is left before North Korea achieves its complete nuclear armament", the prime minister told a meeting of defense ministers in Seoul Thursday.

Since the first nuclear experiment by North Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea President Moon Jae-in supported the U.S. suggestion to impose an oil-ban.

Trump's statement came after North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, sparking global alarm with what was by far its most powerful test to date.

The Japanese government had initially put the yield at 70 kilotons, which is still far greater than the yields estimated in North Korea's five previous nuclear tests.

Earlier Thursday, the final parts of a controversial USA missile defense system arrived at a base in South Korea as hundreds of protesters thronged the area amid a huge police presence.

In the summer of 2008, then-Prime Minister Putin and then-Emergencies Minister Sergey Shoigu (now defense minister) visited the Ussuri Reserve and personally oversaw how the process is carried out.

Over the weekend, North Korea's regime carried out a nuclear test, which called for worldwide condemnation. Trump repeated his commitment to "defending the homeland, territories, and allies of the United States, using all available diplomatic and military capabilities".

Haley may have trouble getting other Security Council members - especially Russian Federation and China, which each hold veto power - to sign onto the draft sanctions as they're now written. "We can pass information on, if they want", says Mr Toloraya.

Juche is North Korea's homegrown ideology of self-reliance that is a mix of Marxism and extreme nationalism preached by state founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. Others question if South Korea should have nukes of its own. In fact, Russian Federation believes it is not North Korea that threatens its security, but the United States' growing military might in Northeast Asia.

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