North Korea Crisis Strengthens Alliances, US Naval Commander Says

by Leon Thompson September 7, 2017, 1:40
North Korea Crisis Strengthens Alliances, US Naval Commander Says

At the USA base in South Korea will deploy four additional THAAD missile defense system on the background of aggravation of the situation around the DPRK.

SEOUL-Pyongyang's recent string of missile and nuclear tests has brought the US closer to its allies in Tokyo and Seoul, rather than dividing them as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had hoped, a top USA naval commander said.

Mattis' warning echoed comments he made on Sunday, in which he stressed that the United States was not "looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea", before warning: "We have many options to do so".

President Donald Trump has spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the latest provocation by North Korea. Beijing opposed the us missile defense system in South Korea and called it a "stab wound".

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"China demands that the US and South Korea respect the security interests and concerns of China and other regional countries, with an immediate stop to the deployment process and removal of the equipment", he said.

There are now two launchers at the location, a former golf course.

Local residents clash with police as they protest the deployment of the THAAD U.S. missile defense system in Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, on September 7, 2017.

He complimented Mr Putin and the Russian government over what he said were diverse efforts to find diplomatic solutions to the problem.

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South Korea said Trump also reaffirmed an ironclad commitment to South Korea's defense, and the two countries agreed to seek stronger United Nations sanctions against the North.

"One shouldn't give in to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner", he continued, adding that all parties need to show composure and avoid "steps that lead to an escalation of tension".

Russian president Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as "provocative".

"Without political and diplomatic tools, it is very hard to shift the situation" on the Korean peninsula, Putin said.

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On Sunday, North Korea announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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