South Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions

On July 4 Pyongyang announced the successful launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-14 which traveled 933 kilometers before falling into the Sea of Japan. Two days after US Ambassador to the United Nation

On July 4 Pyongyang announced the successful launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-14 which traveled 933 kilometers before falling into the Sea of Japan. Two days after US Ambassador to the United Nation

Seoul's Foreign Ministry said it has provided a sufficient explanation to the USA before the announcement, and will continue working on the issues based on a "clear and realistic" understanding of Pyongyang's nuclear threats, Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said Tuesday.

The US tested its THAAD missile system on Tuesday by shooting down a simulated incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).

Historian Victor Davis Hanson envisions a Marshal Plan-like project whereby Australia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.

Kim's statement suggested he will order more missile and nuclear tests until North Korea develops a functioning ICBM that can place the entire US within its striking distance.

Last year, China shipped to North Korea more than 96,000 tonnes of gasoline and almost 45,000 tonnes of diesel, worth a combined $64 million.

US presidents and other top officials have often traveled to Panmunjom and other areas of the DMZ at times of heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula. Do you think this is a fair criticism?

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The decline follows China's decision in February to ban all imports of North Korean coal.

Trade in dollar terms with North Korea rose about 12 percent in June from a month earlier to $499 million, according to Reuters calculations based on previously released data.

Gasoline and diesel prices surged in North Korea in the weeks after a Chinese state oil company suspended fuel sales to the reclusive state, according to data reviewed by Reuters and an interview with a North Korean defector.

Official outlet Rodong Sinmun fired back Monday at remarks made earlier this month by Mattis, in which he suggested the USA take greater action against North Korea's recent military buildup. It has had many decades of having a policy of self-determination, or self-reliance.

In August 2015, North Korea's No. 2 leader, Hwang Pyong So, and South Korea's national security director, Kim Kwan-jin, met at Panmunjom and reached a deal on averting possible bloodshed over a land-mine blast that maimed two South Korean soldiers. The installation has resulted in economic retaliation from Beijing, which fears the United States will use THAAD's X-band radar to spy on its territory.

RT: But surely Washington has fair expectations from Beijing - no one but China can persuade North Korea to give up on its program?

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It is possible that the USA leader chose to go after South Korea first because of its relatively weak geo-political position, analysts suggest.

While a further tightening of United Nations sanctions could jeopardize that trade, for now the North Koreans stand to benefit as Chinese state-owned enterprises saddled with debts look for low-priced raw materials. The sanctions don't prohibit all trade. If realised, they would be the first for two years, said AFP. Hanson further notes the effort would let China know its own nuclear deterrent "could be compromised and nullified by the defensive efforts of its immediate neighbors".

Of course, not all of the trade from Singapore to North Korea is illicit.

Thus, the feel-good meeting that took place between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April, during which the president was made to believe China would rein in its unruly client, is no longer operative. And they can't force the DPRK to do something that it won't do.

Moreover, China and Russian Federation insist that even with the DPRK's astonishing progress with ballistic missiles, the deployment by the USA and South Korea of a more advanced THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) system demonstrated an unacceptable disregard for their own strategic interests in an unimpeded capacity to target the United States with ballistic missiles.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are exclusively those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT. But it won't get rid of its nuclear weapons.

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