North Korea marks founding with invective, not explosions

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

But, we've had presidents for 25 years, now they have been talking, talking talking and the day after an agreement is reached, new work begins in North Korea, continuation on nuclear.

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russian oil supplies to North Korea were negligible, responding to heightened global scrutiny of the ties between Moscow and the leadership in Pyongyang.

President Donald Trump discussed North Korea's strongest nuclear test yet with Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday, as the United States proposed crippling new sanctions and world leaders tussled over whether pressure or dialogue was the best way to rein in the rogue nation. Moscow has said the oil exports have not violated worldwide sanctions. To date, all of North Korea's six nuclear tests have taken place at its underground testing site in Punggye-ri which makes verification hard.

Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, told reporters on Thursday that "sanctions and pressure are only half of the key to resolving the issue".

Juche is North Korea's homegrown ideology of self-reliance that is a mix of Marxism and extreme nationalism preached by state founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather.

China and Russian Federation also oppose deployment of the THAAD system in South Korea, citing their respective national security concerns.

But on Thursday, after days of talks with regional leaders and officials, Putin struck a more optimistic note, saying Russian Federation could see that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to defuse tensions around North Korea.

The official said the United States is anxious about a rising threat of "miscalculation" by North Korea, which may think the warnings of US force are hollow. Trump did not elaborate on the kind of weaponry and equipment he had in mind, but the White House has said the president is willing to approve the sale of "many billions of dollars´ worth of military weapons and equipment" to Seoul.

The poll also found that 60 percent of those surveyed believed South Korea should arm itself with nuclear weapons while 35 percent disagreed.

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Since the Korean War, Beijing has avoided prodding North Korea to the point it might collapse, fearing a destabilising economic blow and the possibility of the United States military gaining influence on its border via a unified Korea.

The US claimed Pyongyang was "begging for war" after the reclusive state purportedly detonated a hydrogen bomb on Sunday - its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.

North Korea says it needs to develop weapons to protect itself against U.S. aggression.

Mr Putin, who shared a platform with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, warned it was "impossible to scare" Pyongyang.

Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of arms tests, the latest on Sunday being a detonation of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the United States mainland.

South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. said its China plant halted operation due to a supply disruption on Tuesday, its second shutdown in China in less than a month.

Trump and Turnbull "confirmed that their two countries will intensify joint efforts to denuclearize North Korea".

Pyongyang says it has developed a miniaturized version of that weapon that could fit atop a long-range missile thought capable of reaching the US mainland.

When asked if he would tolerate a nuclear armed - but contained and deterred - North Korea, the President refused to give a definitive answer.

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