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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Defiant Pyongyang Vows ‘Practical Equilibrium With US’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Defiant Pyongyang Vows ‘Practical Equilibrium With US’

In its first official reaction to the sanctions resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the sanctions would only strengthen the country’s resolve to pursue its nuclear weapons program “at a faster pace without the slightest diversion.”

North Korea remained defiant saying it would “redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence” and establish “practical equilibrium with the U.S.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

The survey found that 58 percent of those questioned felt there was no possibility North Korea would cause a war, while only 37 percent thought it could. In 2007, 51 percent of respondents said they expected a war, while 45 percent did not.

Trump has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea and on Thursday said he would prefer not to use military action, but if he did, it would be a “very sad day” for North Korea.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Successfully Tested Advanced H-Bomb

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Successfully Tested Advanced H-Bomb

North Korea said in an announcement on state television that a hydrogen bomb test ordered by leader Kim Jong Un was a “perfect success” and a “meaningful” step in completing the country’s nuclear weapons programmes.

“All components of the H-bomb were homemade and all the processes … were put on the Juche basis, thus enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un In as saying.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Overwhelming Force’: South Korea Conducts Bombing Drill in Response to North Korea Missile Test

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Overwhelming Force’: South Korea Conducts Bombing Drill in Response to North Korea Missile Test

South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s chief press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, said the bombing drill was ordered immediately after the National Security Council meeting convened to discuss possible counter measures Seoul could take against Pyongyang’s ballistic missile provocation.

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WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

North Korea’s envoy told the same forum the North’s nuclear deterrent would never be up for negotiation, echoing Pyongyang’s regular denunciation of U.S. “aggression”.

“The measures taken by the DPRK to strengthen its nuclear deterrence and develop inter-continental rockets is justifiable and a legitimate option for self-defence in the face of such apparent and real threats,” diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the forum, referring to “constant nuclear threats” by the United States.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: US, South Korea Begin Computer-Simulated Drills Which North Korea Says Aimed at Nuclear War

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: US, South Korea Begin Computer-Simulated Drills Which North Korea Says Aimed at Nuclear War

North Korea views such exercises as preparations for invasion and has fired missiles and taken other actions to show its anger over military drills in the past. North Korea and South Korea are technically still at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

“This is aimed to ignite a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula at any cost. The situation on the Korean peninsula has plunged into a critical phase due to the reckless north-targeted war racket of the war maniacs.,” the North’s KCNA news agency said.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

The widely-quoted newspaper, published by the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily cautioned: “If the US and its ally South Korea take on Pyongyang and try to “overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Rejects UN Sanctions, Vows ‘Righteous Action’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Rejects UN Sanctions, Vows ‘Righteous Action’

North Korea has been conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests despite warnings issued and sanctions imposed by the international community. “We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table” while it faced threats from Washington, it said, “and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: South Korea, US Agree to Apply Maximum Pressure North Korea While China Hopes for Talks

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: South Korea, US Agree to Apply Maximum Pressure North Korea While China Hopes for Talks

“The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” said Tillerson, adding that “other means of communications” were open to Pyongyang.

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ASIA POLITICS: ‘Ready to Use Force’: US Supersonic Bombers, Japan, South Korea Fighters Fly Over Korean Peninsula

ASIA POLITICS: ‘Ready to Use Force’: US Supersonic Bombers, Japan, South Korea Fighters Fly Over Korean Peninsula

“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” Pacific Air Forces Commander General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy said, as cited by AP.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Proposes Military Talks With North Korea

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Proposes Military Talks With North Korea

South Korea President Moon Jae-in pledged to engage the North in dialogue as well as bring pressure to impede its nuclear and missile programmes.

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UK POLITICS: ‘Selfish’ to Challenge Government’s Austerity Measures: Cameron

UK POLITICS: ‘Selfish’ to Challenge Government’s Austerity Measures: Cameron

David Cameron UK ex-Prime Minister: “Giving up on sound finances isn’t being generous, it’s being selfish: spending money today that you may need tomorrow.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Test-Fires Ballistic Missile Ahead of G20 Summit

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Test-Fires Ballistic Missile Ahead of G20 Summit

North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of hitting the United States, ignoring repeated warnings from the international community.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: US, South Korea Should Offer Concessions to North Korea: Moon Jae-in

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: US, South Korea Should Offer Concessions to North Korea: Moon Jae-in

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says, “North Korea should promise a nuclear freeze before full-fledged dialog for nuclear dismantlement can start.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program

“China is North Korea’s only ally and China is the country that provides the most economic assistance to North Korea,” Moon said. “Without the assistance of China, sanctions won’t be effective at all.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS:  Moon Jae-in Struggles to Form Cabinet Meeting His Ethics Standards

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Struggles to Form Cabinet Meeting His Ethics Standards

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s quest for a squeaky-clean government is leading to delays in forming his cabinet more than three weeks into office, as efforts to find candidates free of even the slightest of ethics issues have proved challenging.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: China to Seoul: Remove THAAD!

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: China to Seoul: Remove THAAD!

Beijing was “gravely concerned” over reports about new THAAD launchers, which have been installed in addition to the two that had already been deployed.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Shocked’ Moon Jae-in Orders Probe into US THAAD Additions

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Shocked’ Moon Jae-in Orders Probe into US THAAD Additions

“President Moon said it was very shocking” to hear the four additional launchers had been installed without being reported to the new government or to the public, presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan told a media briefing.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Fires New Ballistic Missile

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Fires New Ballistic Missile

“The U.S. mainland and the Pacific operational theater are within the strike range of the DPRK and the DPRK has all kinds of powerful means for annihilating retaliatory strike,” North Korea’s state KCNA news agency said in a commentary on Saturday.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘High Possibility’ for War With North Korea: Moon Jae-in

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘High Possibility’ for War With North Korea: Moon Jae-in

“The reality is there is a high possibility of a military conflict at NLL (Northern Limit Line) and military demarcation line,” President Moon Jae-in said.

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