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China says North Korea nuclear issue must be resolved peacefully

China says North Korea nuclear issue must be resolved peacefully”

As a response, Japan today deployed an additional missile defence system on its northern island of Hokkaido while yesterday the USA and South Korea held live-fire bombing drills using advanced aircraft.

The North Korean impasse has reached a critical level, where the United States representative to the UN Nikki Haley has said that if America exhausts its diplomatic options, it will not deter from using military force against Pyongyang.

About 700 troops are engaged in the four-day drill, called Warrior Strike 8, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - the world's most heavily defended frontier.

The North and the United States, a close Seoul ally, have in recent weeks exchanged a barrage of military threats, giving rise to global concerns over a possible outbreak of war in the region.

Four more of Japan's 34 PAC-3 units, largely used to defend the capital region, were relocated to southwestern Japan recently after North Korea warned of sending missiles toward the US territory of Guam. In line with this thought the Indo-Japanese joint statement stated that those countries that supported the North Korean nuclear programme should be held "accountable."Reports indicated that during last week's trip to India, Abe also discussed the role of Pakistan's A.Q. Khan network in supporting the clandestine nuclear programme of North Korea".

Wang Yi made the remarks yesterday with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, during a meeting at the United Nations.

On Sunday, Trump spoke with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, where they agreed to intensify economic and diplomatic pressure against North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un - or "Rocket Man", as Trump nicknamed him in a tweet - over his nation's repeated nuclear and missile tests, according to a transcript of their conversation released by both presidential offices. At the time, the South Korean and U.S. Air Forces conducted a joint bombing drill.

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In remarks to reporters at the Pentagon, Mattis said US and Japanese missile defenses have been ready to respond, but were not needed.

North Korea has said it is developing a long-range missile force capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to US territory.

On September 15, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting over another missile launch by North Korea, which took place only four days after the adoption of Resolution 2375.

The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system arrived at the base later on Tuesday, a local defence official told AFP.

Pyongyang has reportedly vowed to "sink" Japan into the sea.

Germany's foreign minister is calling for direct talks with North Korea in the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.



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