Pentagon Confirms South Korea Actually Considering Nuclear Rearmament

Posted September 22, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realise it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday.

Trump and Moon are to sit down at midday on the last day of Trump's four-day visit to NY, where he met with a flurry of foreign leaders gathered for the annual United Nations event.

From January to August, 780 North Koreans escaped to South Korea, the Unification Ministry said.

The more sanctions the U.S. and its allies impose on North Korea, the faster the country will work to develop its nuclear weapons programme, North Korea's official KCNA news agency has reported, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

A USA aircraft carrier and its accompanying battleships will conduct a joint exercise with South Korean forces next month amid rising geopolitical risks on the Korean Peninsula.

Still, the decision is ensured to trigger heated political debates as many South Koreans have expressed concerns that the aid resumption would distract from efforts to step up sanctions and pressure against the North over its rapidly expanding nuclear weapons program.

The plight of abductees is a key issue for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has pledged to rescue them while in office, and an emotive one for the Japanese public.

On July 4, North Korea conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it claims could reach "anywhere in the world" and conducted a second test on July 28.

Moon also met with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and discussed the plan.

Meeting separately with his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, Wang reiterated a call for South Korea to remove the US-built THAAD anti-missile system, which China says is a threat to its own security. We have tried to do this through dialogue, we have tried to do this through sanctions, we have tried every diplomatic measure that we possibly can. "We are continuing to train for situations that may arise", said Kimmel.

It is becoming clear that Russian Federation, not China, has greater influence over North Korea.

"I speak with confidence that this is a moment to invest in the Korean economy, which is making another leap forward", Moon said, adding that his government's vision for inter-Korean economic cooperation will also bring peace to the peninsula and the region. Several Pentagon officials say Mattis was not signaling that tactical nuclear weapons are likely to be placed in South Korea.

Tensions in the Korean peninsula have been constantly escalating in recent months in the wake of North Korea's provocations such as missile launches and a nuclear detonation.