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South Korea braced for another missile test as North's anniversary approaches

South Korea braced for another missile test as North's anniversary approaches

"I can say that so far there's nothing inconsistent with the North Korean claim that this was a hydrogen bomb, but we don't have a conclusive view on it yet", the official said. "We must act cold-headedly and avoid any measures that will escalate tensions".

The two said they would ask China and Russian Federation for their support for the new sanctions against North Korea, Kyodo said, citing a Japanese official.

A yield estimate in the 100-kiloton range would put North Korea's test at the borderline for what is expected from a thermonuclear device. At an annual security forum on Thursday, Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-Nam said, "The Korean government will do its utmost in close coordination with the global community so that every possible punitive measure can be taken".

In fact, China may have already lost most of its direct influence on North Korea through past unsuccessful attempts to control the rogue state's behavior.

Russian Federation has played a much more visible role in the North Korea crisis since the nuclear test.

Even before North Korea detonated its most powerful nuclear bomb on Sunday, Japan was calling for moves to cut off its oil supply.

Speaking to The Associated Press on Tuesday, former South Korean Foreign Minister Yoon Young-kwan acknowledged that North Korea's more powerful bombs and further-reaching missiles are sparking debate about his country's long-term security strategy. In today's edition of Rodong Sinmun, a column titled "Reckless Sabre-rattling Precipitating Self-Destruction" threatens to "put a definite end to the USA imperialists and south Korean puppet forces' moves to ignite a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula".

The United States wants tough sanctions to be imposed to maximize pressure on Pyongyang to come to the table and negotiate an end to its nuclear and missile tests.

However, if you believe, as I do, that North Korea might be capable of striking us today, it follows that a preemptive USA military strike against Pyongyang could bring about the very thing that we are working to avoid - the nuclear annihilation of a USA city and the deaths of millions of Americans. "China will promote denuclearization and the maintenance of stability on the peninsula, and promote solving problems on the peninsula through dialogue and consultation".

Meanwhile the European Union said it is preparing to increase its own sanctions against North Korea, as part of worldwide efforts to punish the rogue state. "Unless we stop the North's provocations now, the situation could sink into an uncontrollable state".

For decades, Japanese policy has been guided by the so- called "three principles": not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons on Japanese territory. For example, support for nuclear armament and an American antimissile defence system in South Korea continues to grow. "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. "A very weak but heavily armed North Korea, despite being no match for the South Korean military, threatens Seoul with imminent destruction". "Bilateral trade went down by 16 percent last year, but increased about 50 percent during the first six months of this year", Putin said. The 2009 test showed that North Korea could generate a nuclear yield from a device.

During his trip, Moon will also hold summits with Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


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