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Spanish Foreign Ministry Decides to Cut Diplomatic Staff in N.Korean Embassy

Spanish Foreign Ministry Decides to Cut Diplomatic Staff in N.Korean Embassy

"Talking is not the answer", Trump had tweeted earlier in the week after the latest launch of a North Korean ballistic missile, which leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying was a simulation of war meant to demonstrate his military's capability to strike the usa territory of Guam. This has been accompanied by the constant refrain that "all options are on the table", backed by huge joint US-South Korean war games that, since 2015, have been premised on pre-emptive strikes against North Korea.

The allies are known to be discussing the deployment of US strategic assets on a quarterly basis at USA air base in Osan, south of Seoul or Kunsan Air Base in the southwest of the divided peninsula, they added.

The shift in tack could reflect Trump's belief that it's time to try something new and his desire for China to do more to rein in North Korea, the professor said.

In London, the Foreign Office summoned North Korea's ambassador Choe Il for a meeting with Asia Minister Mark Field to underscore the UK's position on the missile programme.

South Korea's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Jeong Kyeong-doo also spoke with his U.S. counterpart Gen. Joseph Dunford in a phone conservation, during which they stressed the need for "effective military responses" to the provocation, aimed at demonstrating the allies' force and resolve, according to Jeong's office.

Extended deterrence refers to the US commitment to mobilize its full range of conventional and strategic military assets, including nuclear capabilities, to protect its allies.

Calls are also mounting in South Korea for Seoul to build nuclear weapons of its own to defend itself as nuclear-armed North Korea's missile stand-off with the USA escalates.

Last month, North Korea successfully test launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles - weapons in theory capable of striking the US mainland, including California.

They denied the discussions were "serious" or "detailed" - and said the U.S. have "no strong opinion" on the deployment.

The test comes one day after North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean.

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As well, once the nuclear question is out of the way, it may conceivably be possible to have the real and substantive peace talks between Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang that have been promised since the armistice of 1953 suspended fighting in that war.

The Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that was launched on Tuesday was sacked at a regular angle and reached the maximum altitude of 550km. It said this was a "curtain-raiser" for the North's "resolute countermeasures" against ongoing US-South Korean military drills.

There might also be a simpler reason Kim attributed Tuesday's launch to the drills.

The newspaper also bragged about how the USA and its regional allies failed to track Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July, which raised concerns about the possibility of North Korea striking a U.S. target. On Wednesday, analysts argued that the Tuesday test over Japan did not necessarily represent a complete rejection of talks. And repeated rounds of United Nations resolutions and sanctions against North Korea appear to have had little or no impact.

It is nevertheless U.S. imperialism that bears the chief responsibility for bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war in North East Asia.

It also appeared to be the North's longest-ever missile test, but South Korean officials couldn't immediately confirm.

May announced that China must do "everything it can" to make North Korea refrain from firing more missiles, and refused to rule out cyber warfare. Making a highly hard intercept of North Korean missiles would be a tough call because failure would seriously dent the credibility of the expensive USA missile defense system.

But Hwang Ildo, a professor at Seoul's Korea National Diplomatic Academy, disagrees, saying North Korea probably won't risk infuriating the United States. A government report says the U.S gave North Korea more than $1.3 billion in assistance.

"The North's intention was to push the boundaries of its military presence farther from the Korean Peninsula and Japan and into the wider Pacific, and they practically drew the line at Guam with their missile threat", he said.


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