US Mulling New Strategy to Stop N. Korea's Missile Launches

Nov 18, 2017, 01:23
US Mulling New Strategy to Stop N. Korea's Missile Launches

China and Russian Federation have proposed that the United States and South Korea stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs.

Pyongyang now faces U.N. Security Council sanctions aimed at punishing it for its nuclear and missile provocations, including its sixth nuclear test staged September 3.

He said the country was "ready" for new sanctions and dismissed the possibility of North Korea being added to a list of countries that sponsor terrorism. It has not tested a missile since firing one over Japan on Sept 15. China's foreign ministry on Wednesday announced President Xi Jinping's special envoy, Song Tao, will travel to Pyongyang this week to brief officials about last month's Chinese Communist Party congress and "other issues of mutual concern". But he called on the North to stay that course "for a period of time", according to Yonhap. "They do, in fact, assure our partners", Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. told Pentagon reporters Thursday.

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Mattis said the USA military was closely watching why there had been no missile launches recently, but declined to give potential reasons for it.

In Colorado, Mattis will visit the US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), which are responsible for homeland defence, including tracking and potentially intercepting North Korean missiles.

Yun was in South Korea to discuss the North Korean nuclear issue with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon when he made the comments. The World Food Programme (WFP) says a quarter of North Korean children from six-months to almost five-years old, who attend nurseries that the organisation assists, suffer from chronic malnutrition. "Developing friendly cooperation relations between the two countries serves the common interests of the two countries and is conducive to regional peace, stability and development", he added.

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China meanwhile, has proposed that to start peace negotiations, North Korea could stop its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for the US and South Korea stopping regular military drills in the region. His journey to Pyongyang follows a state visit to China last week by Donald Trump in which the U.S. president called on China to do more to rein in North Korea's nuke ambitions.

Mr Trump wouldwill announce next week whether the U.S. will return North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"Chemical fertiliser was supplied by the state until the 1970s, but from the early 1980s, production started to decrease", said Lee Min-bok, a North Korean agriculture expert who defected to South Korea in 1995.

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