Japan deploys missile defense to Hokkaido - minister

Frederick Owens
September 22, 2017

The ministry plans to stick with the initial plan of $8 million, in which about $4.5 million is to go to the United Nations Food Program while the rest would be managed by UNICEF for its vaccine and other health care programs.

The angry statement from Pyongyang's foreign ministry came as the crisis surrounding the reclusive state was set to dominate the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders. Both projects aim to alleviate poverty and sickness among North Korean children and mothers. "The country has successfully hosted many large-scale global events under complete safety, including the 1988 Seoul Olympics hosted in the midst of the Cold War, the 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup, the 2003 Summer Universiade, the 2010 Group of 20 summit and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics", he added. "If the two Koreas come together at this point in time, it will become a great opportunity to send a message of reconciliation and peace to the world", Moon said at a gala to celebrate the Olympics Games.

"Food and essential medicines and equipment to treat young children are in short supply". This is Russia's main Pacific port and the capital of Russia's Primoriye region, which borders North Korea.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha reiterated Thursday the country's stance on the North Korean crisis at a meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, saying that Seoul would not deploy a tactical nuclear weapon on the Korean peninsula.

The diplomats also said the two governments are not communicating the same message, with South Korea saying it can not afford another war on the Korean peninsula.

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Moon said he will not give up on his efforts to bring North Korea to the worldwide event, which he earlier said could serve as the start of a change in the way the reclusive regime behaves.

South Korea's decision to mull over fresh aid to the North has also caused a rift of concern in neighbouring Japan and the United States, according to government officials there, leading Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bring up the issue during a phone call with Moon last week.

He also pointed out that "a security guarantee other than the nuclear bomb" is needed for North Korea.

"I hope people in North Korea will realize the reason they need humanitarian aid is because they have a dictator leader who is willing to fund a nuclear program, an illicit nuclear program, and doing so starving its own people".

Moon noted that the Korean composite stock price index rose 2.3 percent even after the North's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, and said the fundamentals of the Korean economy are as strong as ever.

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