US, South Korean Presidents Agree to Revise Treaty on Ballistic Missiles

Monday, 04 Sep, 2017

Interestingly, Donald Trump had said recently that the North Korean leader had started respecting the USA, as reported by the New York Times.

Pyongyang insists its weapons are not up for negotiation, and analysts say it is enhancing its military capabilities to strengthen its position in any future talks with the U.S. - it has shown no interest in discussions with Seoul. "By forward basing the F-35, the most advanced aircraft in the world, here in the Pacific, we are enabling the Marine Corps to respond quickly during a crisis in support of Japan, the Republic of Korea, and all our regional partners". State-controlled media say it was a hydrogen bomb.

China's quake agency said it had detected a 6.3 magnitude natural disaster in Kilju, Hamgyong Province that was a "suspected explosion".

Trump's tweeted the day after North Korean missile test over Japan that "The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years".

The TV anchor announced the test's success on Korean Central Television, hours after Seoul and Tokyo detected unusual seismic activity at North Korea's nuclear test site.

The test comes after the Hermit Kingdom fired a ballistic missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japanese territory before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean on Tuesday (See: Missile over Japan is just the start, North Korea warns).

The announcement came three hours after the underground blast, carried out at noon, shook seismologists' needles across the region, registering as a 6.1 magnitude quake.

Putin said that he favored negotiations with North Korea instead. The strongest artificial quake from previous tests was a magnitude 5.3. That would be 3:30 Seoul and Tokyo, and 2:30 a.m. EDT.

South Korea, home to Samsung, Hyundai and Kia among other companies with household names, is a major exporter of electronics and automobiles to the United States.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said Sunday that it had not detected another quake. There's speculation that such a test could come on or around the September 9 anniversary of North Korea's national founding, something it did past year. There was no word from the military in Seoul about the possible second quake.

The announcement came hours after a large natural disaster that appeared to be man-made was detected near the North's known nuclear test site, indicating that the reclusive country had conducted its sixth nuclear test.

In July, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer revealed some of Trump's complaints with the South Korea deal during a "special session" that was called in an attempt to begin renegotiations.

North Korea is thought to have a growing arsenal of nuclear bombs and has spent decades trying to ideal a multistage, long-range missile to eventually carry smaller versions of those bombs.

President Trump has instructed advisers to prepare a withdrawal from the U.S.'s free trade agreement with South Korea, several people close to the process said, a move that would stoke economic tensions with the USA ally at a time both countries confront a crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

"We have a common goal - denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, so that neither the North nor the South, the US and us [Russia] have nuclear weapons", Lavrov said. "North Korea might have successfully tested a weapon with significantly large capability".

"We will continue developing ballistic missile defence technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves", he said in a statement.

"The [North Korea] drill this time was a righteous exercise of self-defense and was part of a demonstration against the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercises", the North Korean committee said, according to Yonhap.

He further said that Moscow and Beijing have formulated a road map, which would involve North Korea stopping work on its missile program in exchange for the United States and South Korea halting large-scale war games.