South Korea seeks stronger weapons amid rising tensions with North

Trump talks tensions with South Korea's president

South Korea seeks stronger weapons amid rising tensions with North

North Korea's detonation of a hydrogen bomb on Sunday marked its most powerful nuclear test to date.

US President Donald Trump agreed "in principle" to scrap a warhead weight limit on South Korea's missiles in the wake of North Korea's sixth nuclear test, the White House said on Monday.

Putin said he had invited Abe to attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in 2018, "and Shinzo accepted our invitation".

Liu urged the parties to agree to a Chinese-Russian plan calling for the North to freeze its missile and nuclear tests and the USA and South Korea to suspend joint military exercises.

Criticising North Korea's "brazen defiance" of the rest of the world, Mr Johnson said: "Just as North Korea has pursued nuclear weapons with single-minded determination, so the worldwide community must show the same resolve in our pursuit of a diplomatic solution". The explosion was said to be nearly 10 times more powerful than the country's last nuclear test a year ago.

"It's a provocation from North Korea, it's obvious", he said of North Korea's latest nuclear test. "They count on a specific reaction from the partners and they get it".

The NATO military alliance is calling for global pressure to be ratcheted up against North Korea following its latest nuclear test.

"We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner", Mr Putin said in a news conference after meeting Mr Moon.

The Russian leader added: "Whipping up military hysteria makes absolutely no sense in this situation".

South Korea seeks stronger weapons amid rising tensions with North
South Korea seeks stronger weapons amid rising tensions with North

South Korean protesters stage a rally against the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defence system.

"Cutting off trade with China would trigger a trade war and a protectionist spiral that would have adverse consequences for the entire world", she told NBC.

The resolution, seen by USA and other media on September 6, also calls for a travel ban on Kim and a block on the country's textile exports and payments to the up to 100,000 North Korea laborers working overseas.

Geng called for South Korea and the USA to "immediately stop the deployment process" and remove the equipment or risk exacerbating tensions on the peninsula. The ministry insisted the installation was "temporary" and necessary to prevent the possibility of civilian death should North Korea fire.

Seoul has already begun preparing for the possibility of such a missile targeting South Korean territory, with the government abruptly announcing that it had allowed the installation of new launchers, part of the US -provided Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system.

Washington and Seoul began deploying THAAD before a conservative South Korean government was ousted in March in a corruption scandal. However, the North has escalated over the past two times the way that it launches its missiles.

Moon temporarily halted the THAAD installation for environmental reviews to ease residents' concerns.

A "normal" angle refers to a test with a missile trajectory that simulates an attack with a specific target, such as the USA territory of Guam, as opposed to a test in a controlled environment within North Korea.

The concerns about North Korea and its nuclear test on September 3 apparently led the South Korean side to take a more cooperative tone on historical issues that exist between Tokyo and Seoul.

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