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Japan PM warns N.Korea against continuing nuclear program

11 September 2017

Earlier Wednesday, the USA proposed a resolution at the UN that would include broad new sanctions on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong Un in the wake of global concern over the rogue nation's nuclear weapons tests.

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Its sixth nuclear test on Sunday prompted the USA to speak about a "military response" and South Korea to conduct major military exercises.

Earlier on Thursday, the final parts of the American Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system arrived at a base in South Korea as hundreds of protesters thronged the area amid a huge police presence.

Two launchers have been operational at the site since May, CNN reported.

"China strongly urges the United States and South Korea halt the deployment of the THAAD system at once and remove related equipment", Geng said. Beijing says the system's powerful radars will be able to monitor flights and missile launches deep inside northeastern China.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he would prefer to address the ongoing crisis with North Korea without military force, saying a confrontation on the peninsula is not "inevitable", APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

24-hours ago, Han Tae-song, ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations in Geneva while speaking at the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday said Pyongyang's biggest nuclear weapons test yet was a "gift" addressed to the United States. Trump, who also once favored talks with Pyongyang, recently said this was "not the answer". We'll see whether or not he can do it.

Seoul had downplayed the need to rush the deployment when current President Moon Jae-in took office in May, at a time when he was appealing to North Korea with unsuccessful offers of dialogue and cooperation.

"I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100 per cent, " he said.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has escalated as the North 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.

That rollout was "temporarily" completed Thursday, a spokesman for South Korea's defense ministry said, adding it was necessary to counter increased threats from North Korea.

It is important for all member countries to implement sanctions on North Korea steadily, and to reinforce worldwide efforts to contain the country.

China's opposition to the THAAD deployment has sent formerly strong relations with South Korea into a tailspin, cutting deeply into the crucial economic relationship between the two countries.

The United States has called for putting the draft to a vote on September 11, probably based on their conclusion that the situation has become critical, with North Korea highly likely to take provocative action again, such as firing a ballistic missile, to mark its national foundation day on September 9.

Several U.S. military vehicles, including trucks carrying payloads covered in black sheets that appeared to be launchers, were seen heading toward a former golf course where the system has been installed.

Although China did not explicitly mention sanctions, the comment came as the US pushed for economic restrictions on the North and specifically its leader, Kim Jong Un.

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This post was syndicated from Vanguard News.

Japan PM warns N.Korea against continuing nuclear program