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United States to boost military defence against N Korea: Trump tells Abe

Following North Korea's test of four missiles last month, Trump affirmed Washington's "ironclad commitment" to Japan and South Korea.

South Korea, on the other hand, apparently has no trouble launching its missiles.

North Korea belligerence, however, has been accompanied by increased emphasis on reconciliation with the South following the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, the former president. "China summit", said Shusuke Yamada, a senior strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo.

A full suspension of trade between Japan and North Korea will continue, as well as the ban on North Korean vessels entering Japanese ports, SBS said on Friday citing Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko.

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Sporting links "have eased anxieties during times of escalating tensions" said Michael Spavor, director of Paektu Culture Exchange, which facilitates exchanges in multiple fields with the North. North Korean university students cheer and wave their national flag as their country's women's soccer team competes against South Korea in a qualifying soccer match for the Asian Football Confederation Cup at the Kim Il Sung St.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - So you believe sports is a path to peace? The North's actions are provocative moves in clear violation of global bans.

General Lori Robinson told lawmakers she was "extremely confident" of U.S. capability to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) bound for America, should North Korean leader Kim Jong-un succeed in developing that technology. "And frankly, there is no resolving this peacefully without China". It's just not realistic.

And from the South Korean fans?

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"The possibility is very low", says Willy Lam Wo-lap, adjunct professor in the Center for Chinese Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

For the North's players, that offers the chance of being glorified in art. While submarines are also a stealthy way to do that, North Korea doesn't have enough of them. "The costs are too high".

It said it imposed the new sanctions because North Korea's actions "violate multiple United Nations resolutions and constitute a grave threat to worldwide peace and security in the region and beyond".

Pundits speculated as to whether Tillerson's statement signaled that the U.S.is now leaning towards war over diplomacy with North Korea, or whether it means the opposite-that the U.S.is pulling back from engaging with the issue. Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, questioned why North Korea would do a shorter launch of the KN-15.

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North Korea's aggressive provocations are much more frequent since Kim Jong-un took power.



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