S. Korea braces for another possible N. Korea missile test

Moscow will retaliate over consulate row but not like deviant hooligan America – Russian deputy FM

The survey released on Friday showed South Koreans were considerably less concerned about war compared with June 2007, nine months after North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, in September 2006.

He stressed that the North's atomic arsenal was a deterrent against U.S. nuclear threats which Paris does not face. His father-in-law was the North Korean prime minister at the time.

North Korea vehemently objects to military exercises on or near the peninsula, and China and Russian Federation have suggested the United States and South Korea halt their exercises to lower tension.

Former Japanese defence minister Shigeru Ishiba stoked controversy on Wednesday by questioning whether Japan can expect protection under the United States nuclear umbrella while maintaining its non-nuclear principles. On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea of "total annihilation".

"This would signal that the Japanese no longer have confidence in US extended deterrence", said a former senior USA military commander who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to talk to the media.

"South Korea may face the most complex strategic environment in Asia", write Sung Chull Kim and Michael D. Cohen, editors of a new collection of scholarly essays titled "North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence". Trump's offer to sell more arms, made in a Tuesday tweet, underscored his message in a weekend call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Seoul's decision to complete the deployment of a United States missile defense system is fanning controversy within the country, while concerns for further retaliation from China grows.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that China remains strongly opposed to it.

Geng says the THAAD system would aggravate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and jeopardize the strategic and security interests of China and other countries.

Russian Federation has described the draft resolution as a "little premature" and put forward a plan in which the USA and South Korea would stop major exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programmes.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers capable of firing up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two launchers have been operational so far. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".




And that "South Korea is interested in the early signing of a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union".

The comments came just hours before the U.S. made a formal request for a UN Security Council vote on tough new sanctions against the repressive regime.

This comment was meant to help Putin realize that North Korea's nuclear and missile development is also a crisis close to Russian Federation.

Mr. Putin, in turn, has struck a tone of prudent equanimity, decrying North Korea's recent test of what is believed to be a hydrogen bomb while also explaining the diplomatic quagmire that has enveloped the country's pursuit of deadly weapons.

The North conducted its sixth nuclear test a week ago - saying it was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted into a missile - sparking global condemnation and calls for further measures to force an end to the perilous stand-off.

Regarding trade sanctions, Putin stressed that Russia's trade with North Korea is nearly zero.

The clashes came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia's Far East and repeated their calls for stronger punishment of North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would allow Japan and South Korea to buy more "highly sophisticated" United States military equipment, amid soaring tensions after Pyongyang's latest atomic test.

Any move towards relaxing the non-nuclear principles, however, is unlikely to lead to a home-made atomic bomb, despite Japan's technical abilities, say experts.

"They know it and they see nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction as the only way for them to protect themselves", Putin said Thursday.

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