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Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

South Korea must urgently and completely reform its defense system in view of the threat of North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday.

"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for the peaceful denuclearization of North Korea - a common goal of the worldwide community - and stressed the importance of strengthening pressure on North Korea in diplomatic, economic terms", the South Korean spokesman said.

Moon said in a telephone call with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday that this "is not the time for dialogue" with North Korea.

Ri is scheduled to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Regional Security Forum, or ARF.

South Korean media reported that its Foreign Minister, Kang Kyung-wha, shook hands with her North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, in a brief and unarranged meeting at an official dinner event.

According to Yonhap, Ri recently rebuffed South Korea's recent offer of talks, citing a "lack of sincerity".

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Wang Yi added that China also supported the South's initiatives, and was "100%" committed to enforcing the latest round of United Nations sanctions. "In this regard, North Korea's recently issued statements of threats are in direct opposition to the global community's consensus, and must stop immediately".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also at the Asean forum, where he spoke about North Korea.

Officials from the South Korean presidential office earlier insisted the North Korean threat may have been aimed at multiple objectives, including causing the kind of confusion and chaos now seen in both South Korea and the United States, which in turn may weaken the alliance between the two, rather than signaling its actual or imminent armed provocation.

The already high tensions on the Korean Peninsula spiked further this week as the North threatened to fire missiles into waters around Guam, a key strategic point for the United States military where some USA strategic weapons are deployed, including B-1B and B-52 strategic bombers and the THAAD missile defense system.

Moon met with his new military chiefs at Cheong Wa Dae and said the task facing South Korea is to "acquire the military capability to respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations".

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