Japan's Abe says United Nations resolution must force change in North Korea

15 September, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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The Korea Asia-Pacific peace committee, which oversees North Korea's relations with the outside world, described the UN Security Council, which passed a new round of sanctions earlier this week, as a "tool of evil" in the pay of Washington, and called for it to be broken up, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

But the, uh, "Peace Committee" spokesperson didn't stop there: "The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche", the spokesperson continued, referring to the country's "self-reliance" ideology.

Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin suggested on Wednesday that the U.S. is willing to cut off trade "with anyone who trades with North Korea".

Those comments were mostly shrugged off by the United States because North Korea didn't have a missile that could hit the U.S. mainland.

Moon said he believed North Korea wanted to ensure "regime stability" and to be accepted as a nuclear power state, with a seat at the negotiating table with the US.

The recent nuclear test was the sixth and most powerful test North Korea has conducted since its first in 2006, demonstrating a stunning advance in the country's ability to build high-yield nuclear weapons.


Though he was not supportive of deploying or pursuing nuclear weapons, Moon said South Korea "needs to develop our military capabilities in the face of North Korea's nuclear advancement".

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, he expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the new sanctions. And on September 12, South Korea conducted a military exercise to improve its ability to fire cruise missiles at North Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called for strict enforcement of a United Nations resolution against North Korea over its latest nuclear test, saying the world must force a change in Pyongyang's policies. The administration of President Donald Trump has indicated it will consider secondary sanctions if the United Nations sanctions are not fully implemented.

Tina Fordham also said she does not want to attribute probabilities to future developments in the Korean Peninsula because the variables of the crisis are volatile, highlighting the difficulty of predicting how the tensions between the Pyongyang leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump will evolve.

North Korea's ongoing nuclear weapons tests prompting its neighbor in the South to step up its own military capabilities.

According to 38 North, satellite images suggested the nuke test resulted in landslides occurring at the Punggye-ri test site.

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