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China halts import of N Korean coal, iron ore and seafood

China halts import of N Korean coal, iron ore and seafood China halts import of N Korean coal, iron ore and seafood
Parmenio Sano | 15 Agosto, 2017, 11:38

"He said everyone was hoping to solve the current situation without a war", spokesman Park Su Hyun said, adding that Gen Dunford stressed that Washington would closely coordinate with Seoul over any future action.

South Korean President Moon Jae In has called for calm in the stand-off with North Korea, saying resolving Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully.

"There's no intelligence indicating we're on the cusp of a nuclear war".

"Our job - General Brooks and I - is to make sure our leadership has options available to them to properly respond", Dunford said. Amid a deepening economic and social crisis embroiling the USA, the possibility of Trump plunging the world into war in a bid to divert internal tensions can not be ruled out.

Pompeo said that the United States wants North Korea to understand "that America is no longer going to have the strategic patience that it's had that has permitted him to continue to develop his weapons program".

"The bigger danger or focus should be ensuring that North Korea doesn't use those capabilities", Bush told VOA.

The United States and North Korea have been trading barbs on potential military attacks, with Pyongyang threatening to fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan to land in waters in the vicinity of the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, home to about 7,000 U.S. troops and 160,000 people.

Annual exercises between the USA and South Korean militaries, dubbed Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, begin later this month.


Remarks from the leading Trump Administration officials came after a week of significantly heightened rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. "Certain defensive first strikes would be net gainful", he wrote, pointing to the U.S. creating a new standard that loosens considerations of previously restricted nuclear options in regional diplomacy.

He was due to leave South Korea later on Monday and will make stops in China and Japan this week. The weapon system, which could shoot down incoming ballistic missiles from the North, is controversial in South Korea because of its environmental as well as economic impact. But in the last few weeks, China has appeared to take measures to keep its bad-behaving neighbor in check.

At a regional security conference in Manila last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, to comply with United Nations prohibitions on its missile and nuclear testing. This is Dunford's first visit to China as the chairman.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) says North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon), is "rational" despite the behavior he's shown during escalating tensions with the United States.

Although China's coal imports from North Korea totalled $1.2bn last year, the figure will be much lower this year because China had already imposed a ban in February, experts said. It would then be up to leader Kim Jong-un as to when to fire the missiles-during the exercises, conceivably.

Any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties and an untold economic impact worldwide, former US defense officials and experts believe. Japanese and South Korean jets have escorted the bombers at times.

Also over the weekend, South Korea's Moon cleared the way for the deployment on a former golf course south of Seoul of a full battery of U.S Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile launchers.

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