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Report: South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' U.S. are 'excessive'

Report: South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' U.S. are 'excessive'

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in is refuting claims the president challenged the United States in a speech he delivered on the 72nd anniversary of Korean independence on Tuesday.South Korean newspaper Asia Business reported Wednesday the presidential Blue House disagrees with news reports suggesting Moon was warning the United States, and particularly U.S. President Donald Trump, on the anniversary marking Korean liberation from Japanese colonial rule."War must never break out again on the Korean peninsula. Only the Republic of Korea can make the decision for military action on the Korean peninsula," the president said, while making no mention of the United States.Following his remarks, newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported...
Tillerson, Mattis say 'no' to regime change on North Korea

Tillerson, Mattis say 'no' to regime change on North Korea

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Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Top U.S. officials confirmed their united front on North Korea: denuclearization through a new policy of "strategic accountability," and not regime change, is what they seek from Pyongyang in a time of heightened tensions.In a jointly written opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis stated the United States does not seek to "inflict harm" on the "long-suffering North Korean people.""We are replacing the failed policy of 'strategic patience'...with a new policy of strategic accountability," the two officials wrote.Tillerson and Mattis called for a "peaceful pressure campaign" that would be conducted with the aim of denuclearization, and without toppling the regime.But the two U.S. secretaries als...
South Korea defense ministry: THAAD won't hurt environment

South Korea defense ministry: THAAD won't hurt environment

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Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Ministry of Defense said Saturday the advanced U.S. missile defense system deployed in a southern town won't cause any adverse effects to the local environment.Earlier in the day, the defense and environment ministries conducted their joint environmental survey of electromagnetic radiation and noise from the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in Seongju, southeast of Seoul.Two rocket launchers and a powerful X-band radar are operational at the new U.S. Forces Korea base, formerly a private golf course.The defense ministry said the radiation level at a spot 100 meters from the radar was measured at 0.01659 watt per square meter on average during a six-minute test. From 500 meters away, it was 0.004136 W/㎡. At 700 meters from the radar, the radiation level was 0.
North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation

North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceChina's President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid "words and actions" that worsen tensions, state media say.Mr Trump and North Korea have been exchanging hostile rhetoric, with the US president threatening to rain "fire and fury" on the North.But China, North Korea's only major ally, has been urging restraint.A White House statement said the US and China agreed North Korea must stop "provocative and escalatory behaviour".Long-standing tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme worsened when it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.The regime was also angered by last week's UN decision to increase economic sanctions against it.According to Chinese state media, Mr Xi told Mr Trump in a phone call that ...
N Korea risks 'destruction' – US defence chief

N Korea risks 'destruction' – US defence chief

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North Korea should stop any actions that "would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", the US defence secretary has warned.James Mattis's comments come after a threat by Pyongyang that it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the US Pacific territory of Guam, where the US runs a naval base and Coast Guard station.A spokesman for the Korean People's Army said the plan would be "put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment" once Kim Jong Un makes a decision.Image:North Korea threatened the tiny Pacific island of Guam, home to US basesThe threat was prompted by a statement from President Trump, in which he said that any threat to the US would be met with "fire and fury".Mr Mattis said in a statement that the US and its allies would win an...