Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

Mattis: S. Korea Will not Face N. Korean Provocations Alone

Mattis: S. Korea Will not Face N. Korean Provocations Alone

"It's counterproductive to inflate this military hysteria".

Russian President Vladimir Putin again rejected US calls for new sanctions against North Korea after its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, echoing China's resistance to more punitive measures to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its atomic and missile programs.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday that China would support the United Nations taking further measures against North Korea following its recent test.

Most countries have condemned North Korea, with the United States, Japan and South Korea pushing for strong sanctions to punish North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime. This emphatically includes in that process the revival of triangular cooperation with North Korea, reviving the effort to connect Russian Federation and China with South Korea by rail through the North, as well as other economic and political means to assure North Korea of both its security and its economic development.

Again, this does not prove that Vladimir Putin is some kind of genius about worldwide affairs.

"This is far more powerful than their nuclear tests in the past", Onodera told reporters. He added that it is understood by most political circles that the hysteria around the "North Korea threat" within the largely due to the "ulterior motive" of the neocons to envelop China militarily. "Have ever you thought about it?"

In a draft of a resolution due to be put to a vote on Monday, the U.S. called on countries to impose an oil embargo on North Korea.

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"The time for half-measures in the Security Council is over".

While it's not clear how - and if - the North Korea issue will be resolved, the USA has flatly rejected a Chinese proposal, backed by Russian Federation, for a suspension of hostilities on both sides. 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".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose May election win ended nine years of conservative rule, has had to shift some of the goals of his campaign promise of a new era of engagement with the North and take on a military overhaul meant to keep the regime at bay.

A year earlier - at an Atlantic Council event in October 2015 - Adm. William Gortney, then-commander of U.S. Northern Command, said, "I agree with the intel community that we assess that they have the ability, they have the weapons, and they have the ability to miniaturize those weapons, and they have the ability to put them on a rocket that can range the homelands". Russia's exports of crude oil to North Korea are about 40,000 tonnes a year.

When asked about the new United States proposal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a news conference that China and the Security Council need to "take necessary measures".

The United States has long held that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable, demanding the country end its weapons program.

"We believe that sanctions as pressure are only half of the key to resolving the nuclear issue".

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Other measures could include preventing North Koreans from working overseas and adding top officials to a blacklist aimed at imposing asset freezes and travel bans. That is the best way to keep the so-called "balance of terror" in the Korean Peninsula. On Tuesday, he told Russia's Tass news agency that he wanted to lay the foundation for peace, though the situation now is "not very good".

Putin said Wednesday Russia is not interested in participating in stronger economic sanctions on the North.

If radiation leaked from the test, military "sniffer" aircraft created to pick up radioactive signatures could help the USA and its allies determine what the North actually tested.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has spoken out against South Korea's upcoming deployment of the four remaining launchers necessary to bring the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system up to full strength.

"We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner", Abe insisted.

Analysts said the two are also concerned the system's advanced radar could be used to look inside their own countries or potentially even limit their deterrent capabilities.

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