Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Trump to host new South Korean president at White House

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departs the White House on Feb. 10 2017 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departs the White House on Feb. 10 2017
Christy Curtis | 14 June, 2017, 05:31

Most experts believe this to be a poor choice for use with an atomic weapon, and the continued development of ICBM technology in North Korea would seem to support that view.

New Zealand gave about $215,000 of aid to North Korea between 2008 and 2016 via a fund administered by its embassy in Seoul.

The latest resolution came days after North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test on May 29, its ninth of the year, although the country is banned under previous United Nations resolutions from testing nuclear weapons or missile technology.

"The regime's provocative actions, manifestly illegal under global law, have not abated despite United Nations' censure and sanctions", Mattis reportedly said in written testimony ahead of the hearing.

It's a much-delayed response to a January tweet from Donald Trump, in which he said that a North Korean strike on the U.S. "won't happen".

Pyongyang slammed the latest round of sanctions as "mean".

"It would be a war like nothing we have seen since 1953 and we would have to deal with it with whatever level of force was necessary. In the past, by failing to pass a budget on time or eliminate the threat of sequestration, Congress sidelined itself from its active constitutional oversight role", Mattis said in his opening statement before the House Armed Services Committee.

Haass, who served as a foreign policy adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump during last year's campaign, said that there are three policy options on the North - acceptance, military intervention and creative diplomacy - but the first two are either flawed or too risky.

Trump has also tried to intimidate North Korea by dispatching warships and bombers to the Korean Peninsula, but another KCNA article published Sunday decried such tactics as "useless muscle-flexing" and "exhausted bluffing".

Meanwhile, South Korea's military said a North Korean soldier walked across the heavily mined border between the countries and defected to the South.

North Korea often accuses South Korea of kidnapping its citizens or enticing them to defect to the South. The U.S. responded on May 30 by successfully testing a weapon created to shoot down an incoming ICBM before the missile hit its intended target, but the defense system failed in previous tests and there are lingering doubts about whether it would work in a real wartime scenario with lives on the line.

Separately, former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dennis Rodman is expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday.

Television and other advertising should also be used to increase public awareness of the need to evacuate to a robust building or underground shopping center if a ballistic missile heads for Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party said in a proposal submitted to Abe on Thursday, hours after Kim Jong Un's regime fired another volley of missiles.

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