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South Korea urges North to end weapons development

26 Juin 2017

It is the second North Korean soldier who walked across the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) - a stretch of four kilometres full of landmines that divides both countries around the 38th parallel - in the last two weeks and he is also the third North Korean defecting in this manner during the mentioned period.

While President Moon Jae-in watched, the weapon, a type of Hyunmoo-2 missile, blasted off from a test site in Taean, a coastal county southwest of Seoul, the capital, the president's office said in a statement.

Moon said that the ITF delegation came from the "closest in distance but perhaps had to travel the greatest to get there".

The head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency told Congress last month that North Korea could be on an "inevitable" course to having a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the country. "The result is the reality you see today - North Korea continuing to advance its nuclear and missile program".

Hours after the president sent out the tweet, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Chinese Secretary of State Yang Jiechi, and a member of the Chinese Central Military Commission Gen. Fang Fenghui, to discuss the North Korean issue.

"As long as North Korea continues its provocations, I believe that we will have no choice but to apply additional and strong pressure on it", he added.

"Based on (the renewed trust), the president vowed to further strengthen the Korea-US alliance and to discuss joint measures for North Korea's nuclear problems".

Seoul is developing its mid-range missile to cope with growing threats from the North. The North consistently threatens to carry out these tests when Japanese, South Korean and United States fleets are conducting naval drills in the region.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was a good beginning but does not represent a breakthrough. May however defended the proposal.

The North has pledged to also develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

Do has been quoted by the Korean Herald as saying that Bach, who is scheduled to attend the Closing Ceremony of the World Taekwondo Championships, has plans to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on July 3.

The South and nuclear-armed North Korea are separated by one of the world's most heavily armed borders and remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi and China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out".

The state media under the North Korea's government control did not broadcast any report on the rocket test, according to Al Jazeera.

Warmbier, 22, who was released in a coma by the North Koreans on June 13 after 17 months of captivity and returned to his family in OH, died less than a week later.

Lee urged North Korea to denuclearize and follow inter-Korean declarations of peace and prosperity.