US, Japanese leaders agree to enhance sanctions against N Korea

Nick Mcbride
May 29, 2017

North Korea, which has conducted dozens of missile tests and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of 2016 in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, says the program is necessary to counter US aggression.

The missile launched from the coastal town of Wonsan, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

South Korea's military said what appeared to be a new Scud missile flew 280 miles. Tokyo and Washington believe that behind the North's continued acts of provocations lies the failure in the global community to take concerted measures against the North, with China, a close ally of North Korea, maintaining its stance of attaching weight to dialogue with the country.

The North's nuclear and missile programs are perhaps the biggest foreign policy challenges to the new leaders in Washington and Seoul.

However, it is unclear whether the reinforcement of pressure by the G-7 will actually hinder North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation that a war with North Korea would be "catastrophic ... probably the worst kind of fighting in most people's lifetimes".

It has carried out two atomic tests since the beginning of a year ago, insisting it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion. It has a strong arsenal of short- and medium-range missiles and is working to ideal its longer-range missiles.

Moon has made tentative steps toward engaging the North by restarting stalled civilian aid and exchange programs as a way to improve strained ties.

"North Korea now is rebuffing overtures from China, which is frustrating China", she said.

Taormina: US President Donald Trump promised Friday that North Korea "will be solved", as G7 powers opened a summit that will confront a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation. "The North [Korea] should stop all provocations immediately and move toward the denuclearization path as quickly as possible", the ministry said in a statement, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

USA officials confirmed the missile launch.

"We will be discussing terrorism, but I think we will really in particular be focused on the North Korea problem", Trump said. "Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan". He said there was no report of damage to planes or vessels in the area.

The North has a strong arsenal of short- and medium-range missiles that target Japan and South Korea and USA forces in the region, and it is working to ideal its longer-range missiles.

North Korea's state-controlled media had no immediate comment. "She also made it clear that Britain and the 27 European Union member states should be discussing our future relationship with the European Union at the same time as discussing the terms of our withdrawal".

Trump is also at odds with other leaders on climate change.

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