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NKorea Threat 'Critical, Imminent', Japan Warns US, SKorea


Nuclear Test

The threat from North Korea has grown to a "critical and imminent level" and the United States, Japan and South Korea must address the matter, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his US and South Korean counterparts in talks on Monday.

Onodera's remarks underscored the deep concern in Tokyo after North Korean weapons tests, including test firing missiles over Japan, as Pyongyang seeks to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States.

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US aircraft joint drill in South Korea


US aircraft joint drill in South Korea

As part of the efforts, the US B-1B strategic bomber will be sent to the Korean Peninsula later this month, and the joint South Korea-US-Japan missile warning drills will be carried out from this month to early October, reports Xinhua news agency.

In October, the US aircraft carrier strike group, led by a nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan, will be dispatched to the peninsula to stage a joint naval exercise with South Korean forces, the Defence Ministry said.

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'Sad Day' For NKorea If US Takes Military Action, Says Trump


Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would prefer not to use military action against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threat but that if he did it would be a "very sad day" for the leadership in Pyongyang.

Trump again pointedly declined to rule out a US military response following North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test as his administration seeks increased economic sanctions, saying Pyongyang was "behaving badly and it's got to stop."

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No 'fire and fury' as Donald Trump team talks North Korea with Congress


Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford held classified briefings on North Korea and Afghanistan for the entire House of Representatives and Senate.

Lawmakers said the officials discussed efforts including consultations with allies, sanctions, pushing for action at the United Nations and military options.

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China's military practises for surprise attack over sea near Korea | DSR Medias


China's military

The exercises came days after North Korea's sixth, and most powerful, nuclear test fuelled global concern that the isolated nation plans more weapons tests, possibly of a long-range missile.

An anti-aircraft defence battalion held the exercises early on Tuesday, near the Bohai Sea, the innermost gulf of the Yellow Sea that separates China from the Korean peninsula, an official military website, www.81.cn, said.

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SKorea Missile Exercise After NKorea Nuke Test: Yonhap


South Korea

South Korea launched a ballistic missile exercise early Monday in response to Pyongyang's provocative detonation of what it claimed was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb, state news agency Yonhap reported.

The South's military conducted a live-fire exercise simulating an attack on the North's nuclear site, hitting "designated targets in the East Sea", the report added, quoting the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"The training came in response to the North's sixth nuclear test... and involved the country's Hyunmoo ballistic missile and the F-15K fighter jets," it said.

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UN Security Council To Meet On Monday on NKorea Nuclear Test


UN Security Council

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss an international response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, diplomats said Sunday.

The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting, to be held at 10 am (1400 GMT), the US mission said in a statement.

The council will meet in an open session, in contrast to many other meetings on North Korea that have been held behind closed doors.

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United States, South Korea agree to boost South Korean missile capabilities


United States and South Korea

The United States and South Korea agreed Friday to strengthen Seoul's defenses and Washington gave a nod to billions in arms sales to the country, the White House said, days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan and threatened further launches.

In Seoul, the presidential Blue House spokesman confirmed that US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in agreed to enhance the country's deterrence against North Korea by boosting its missile capabilities.

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Pentagon's Latest, Fiery Show Of Force Against NKorea Includes F-35s And B-1B Bombers


Air Force

The U.S. military, together with South Korea and Japan, dropped bombs on a training range east of Seoul in a stark new show of force against North Korea on Wednesday.

U.S. Pacific Command, which oversees military operations in the region, disclosed the mission Thursday. Two B-1B bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and four F-35Bs from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan joined with two Japanese F-15Js and four South Korean F-15Ks, flying in formation across the Korean Peninsula and unleashing live bombs on the Pilsung Range.

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NKorea's Latest Launch Suggests It Rejects Both United States Threats, Offers To Talk


Kim Jong-Un

North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile over Japan was unprecedented, but President Trump's response Tuesday was not - a renewal of his warning that "all options are on the table" and a reminder that the possibility of military action has not yet deterred North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The missile launch seemed designed to wreak just the right amount of havoc: enough for Kim to show that he would not be cowed but not so much as to invite the "fire and fury" that Trump warned could follow continued North Korean threats.

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