The US military sending an further battalion of 400 soldiers with multiple-launch rocket systems to South Korea. The Pentagon is claiming the reinforcement is unrelated to tensions on the Peninsula but rather a part of army reorganization.
Instead of sanctioning North Korea and exercising dominance over South Korea’s political establishment by stationing troops in the country, the US should turn a page and end the Korean War once and for all, Brian Becker from Answer Coalition told RT.
The North Korean leader attended battlefield gunnery training near the South Korean border on Friday. The drills took place ahead of the announced US-South Korea joint war games set for March close to North Korea’s border.
South Korea reiterated it hasn’t consulted with the US over plans to build a missile defense system. China voiced its displeasure at such a possibility, but Seoul says they are looking to build their own system, independent of Washington.
Washington and Pyongyang have been trying to restart negotiations over Korea’s nuclear weapons program – with both of them still leading a tough official line while getting engaged into “talks about talks,” US media has revealed.
The White House has criticized North Korea’s proposal to temporarily halt nuclear tests if Washington cancels military drills with South Korea. Jen Psaki called the offer, reported in the media, “an implicit threat."
South Korea says its northern neighbor has developed compact nuclear warheads that could reach mainland America. Seoul also alleges Pyongyang shows no signs of stopping its nuclear program and has gained access to tons of weapons-grade plutonium.
The South Korean labor ministry has ordered the closure of two nuclear reactors under construction, after a toxic gas leak killed three workers. The incident comes in the wake of cyberattacks and threats against the reactor’s operator.
Officials from Washington, Tokyo and Seoul will sign a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact in an effort to strengthen their surveillance network on the nuclear-armed pariah state of North Korea, Seoul officials said.