Senior diplomats of S. Korea, US to discuss NK nuke issue

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Two US B-1 bombers carried out a training exercise today with Japanese and South Korean military aircraft in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, the US military said, amid growing tension over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

Trump was briefed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford at a national security team meeting, the statement said.

Mr Trump also mocked Kim Jong-un, calling the regime's leader "Rocket Man".

Rhee, a member of parliament's defence committee, could not be reached for comment but his office said he had been quoted correctly.

Its actions were in defiance of multiple sets of United Nations sanctions, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to threaten military action against the regime.

China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, has consistently argued sanctions alone will not work, urging Washington and Pyongyang to lower their rhetoric and return to the negotiating table.


A ministry spokesman declined to confirm the report, citing intelligence matters.

"I made the decision. because I felt that the presence will be inconsistent with Australia's stated aim of placing maximum diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea", Bishop said. Japan's air force also joined the drill.

According to United States intelligence officials, North Korean hackers were responsible for a 2014 attack on Sony Pictures.

Lee said that 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken, but the military has yet to identify 80 percent of the documents that were compromised. Robert Gates, who served as Secretary of Defense for almost five years during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, said on October 9 that "at a number of different points I have to confess in reading the President's tweets that I wish Twitter had never been invented", the daily The Australian reported on October 10.

North Korea watchers have been on alert for a possible provocation by the communist state in the days surrounding a key holiday Tuesday to mark the founding anniversary of its ruling party.

Outside governments and worldwide human rights organizations say Kim rules as a tyrant over a largely malnourished and abused population while enjoying a luxurious lifestyle backed up by a weapons program almost advanced enough to viably target the US mainland with nuclear-tipped missiles.


The ultimate aim, he said, would be "establishing a permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

Consistent movements of personnel and equipment were being detected in certain locations in the North, Yonhap news agency reported, suggesting that preparations for another weapons test might be under way.

A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry said last month that the more sanctions the United States and its allies impose on North Korea, the faster the nation will work to develop its nuclear weapons programme, according to North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "It is also consistent with the view of many other members of the worldwide community to lessen, reduce or completely diminish any diplomatic relationship with North Korea".

"We were on the wrong path before", Trump said. "We must hold high the banner of the great byungjin policy to accelerate the final victory in the anti-America Armageddon", it said.


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