Japan PM: North Korea must abandon all missile programmes

Alicia Guzman
September 11, 2017

Selva said: "It is clear North Korea has the capability to build a missile that can range the distance to the United States, but North Korea has yet to demonstrate it has the requisite technology and capability to actually target and strike the United States with a nuclear weapon".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated China's opposition to the THAAD system at a briefing in Beijing, saying it could only "severely damage" regional security and raise "tensions and antagonism".

It's part of measures to protect the life and security of the people from the North Korea's ever-improving nuclear and missile programs, added the ministry. The Worker's Party of Korea and the government of North Korea would also be subjected to an asset freeze.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said his country expects its northern neighbor to test-fire the type of long-range missile created to deliver a nuclear warhead to far-off places such as the United States on Saturday, an important North Korean holiday. "This leads nowhere", he said. North Korea now believes that its nuclear arsenal is its best deterrent against an American invasion, and hence will not give it up no matter how much the United States tries to push them.

The prospect of a U.S. nuclear strike and subsequent chaos and a refugee exodus is even more scary than a democratic country on Russia's doorstep, said another Korea scholar, Alexander Zhebin.

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North Korea said it would respond to any U.N. sanctions and USA pressure with "powerful counter measures", accusing the United States of aiming to start a war.

Mr Putin, who shared a platform with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, warned it was "impossible to scare" Pyongyang.

"I am convinced that we can avoid a large-scale conflict including weapons of mass destruction in the region and that we can solve this problem through diplomacy".

"Our government, since its inauguration in May, has embraced a policy of denuclearization by pursuing sanctions and pressure on the one hand and at the same time seeking dialogue on the other hand", Lim said. The US should, he says, "talk to [the North] about stability, about crisis coordination".

Finally, Putin argued that the best way to handle the nuclear crisis going forward is through negotiations - for the U.S. and North Korea to develop better lines of communication in order to avoid a crisis escalating into a war that no one wants.

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He said the United Nations should take "necessary measures", but added that sanctions and pressure should spur negotiation between the sides towards the goal of a peaceful solution on the Korean peninsula. He said he will continue strategic communication with Russian Federation to resolve it.

"We should make North Korea understand that it has no bright future if it continues its current path, and change its current policy. On the one hand it's asking North Korea to freeze or do what it's already supposed to be doing under worldwide law", Pinkston said.

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The removal of the cap would allow the South to potentially target the North's underground facilities and shelters.

Twenty-six years ago this month, in the hopeful aftermath of the Cold War, President George H.W. Bush announced the unilateral withdrawal of all land-based and sea-based tactical nuclear weapons, including from South Korea.

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