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Seoul Seeks New Talks With North Korea, Hoping To Tamp Down Tensions

Seoul Seeks New Talks With North Korea, Hoping To Tamp Down Tensions Seoul Seeks New Talks With North Korea, Hoping To Tamp Down Tensions
Ellis Copeland | 18 July, 2017, 05:54

President Trump seems to be determined to prevent North Korea from continuing to threaten United States security and that of its allies. The test launch of a missile with nuclear capabilities has lawmakers and the Trump administration looking to further crack down on Pyongyang.

Government spokesman Norio Maruyama said North Korea reached "a new level" with its latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile as Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4.

"It's a shame they're behaving this way - they're behaving in a very, very unsafe manner and something will have to be done about it", President Trump said in a news conference following the North Korean launch.

That means that North Korea's irrational, anti-American leader Kim Jong Un is well on his way, if not already there, to having inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could reach Alaska, Hawaii and probably cities on our West Coast.

Kang Mi-jin, a defector who speaks regularly to market sources inside North Korea and reports commodity prices for Daily NK, said the price spikes in recent weeks were caused initially by rumors later confirmed that China was restricting the flow of oil to North Korea.

It would leave larger Chinese banks untouched for now, the official said.

China has again also called for direct negotiations between the US and North Korea.

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On Monday, South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said the call for military talks was a "follow up" to Moon's Berlin speech. North Korea denies this and charges the US with pursuing an imperialistic foreign policy around the globe.

The South's defence ministry proposed a meeting to be held on Friday at the border truce village of Panmunjom, while the Red Cross offered to hold talks on August 1 at the same venue.

According to the statement, North Korea also urged the United States to think of Pyongyang's strategic position, instead of exerting pressure and introducing sanctions against the country.

But new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who campaigned on a more diplomatic approach to the North Korean issue, remains undeterred. In all, the North has conducted five nuclear tests and numerous missile tests.

Pyongyang has ignored all calls to cease missile tests and de-nuclearize and has continued to test the patience of its Asian neighbors, saying such programs are necessary to counter U.S. aggression.

That same day, a separate Rodong Sinmun article called a USA strike against North Korea "a very foolish act of precipitating self-ruin" that would effectively put an end to "the empire of America".

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