Seoul to give North Korea US$8 million aid despite hostilities

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

North Korea's Foreign Minister left for NY on Tuesday to attend the UN General Assembly session at a time of heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang's repeated weapons tests and increase in sanctions against the Kim Jong-un regime.

North Korea launched a missile over Japan on Friday, its second in the past three weeks, and conducted its sixth and by far most powerful nuclear test on 3 September, in defiance of worldwide pressure.

Leader Kim Jong Un claimed his nuclear program is almost complete despite a series of sanctions by the UN Security Council and his final goal is to build "the equilibrium of real force" with the US and prevent military action against Pyongyang, the Korean Central News Agency said Saturday.

Also speaking on Sunday, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that military force was an option in dealing with North Korea as the global community runs out of diplomatic avenues.

The UN Security Council, which condemned the launch as "highly provocative", will hold a new ministerial-level meeting Thursday on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, focused on enforcing sanctions on the North Korean regime.

Both Russia and China, North Korea's main economic ally, had opposed the US's call for an oil embargo and other far-reaching sanctions. Therefore, the effectiveness and the success of the current sanctions regime actually depends exclusively on China and North Korea.

It travelled about 3,700 km (2,300 miles) in total, according to South Korea's military, far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which the North has threatened before.

Last month, North Korea fired an intermediate range missile that also flew over Hokkaido into the ocean.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, speaking to CBS News, said on Wednesday the United States had lots of military options on North Korea that stop short of totally destroying the country, adding: "There are steps that lead up to that".

Suga also welcomed Trump's reference to a Japanese girl who was kidnapped by North Korean agents in 1977. "We're not giving up on diplomatic efforts", she said. "The malicious cycle that has plunged the peninsula deeper [into the crisis] must be broken, and it's a necessary step to resume peace talks as part of fulfilling United Nations resolutions".

The United States and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.

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