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Trump, SKorea's Moon Agree to Boost Seoul's Missile Capabilities

Trump, SKorea's Moon Agree to Boost Seoul's Missile Capabilities

Evgeniy Kim, senior researcher at the Center for Korean Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Far Eastern Studies told RT that some elements of the South Korean military are keen to deploy USA nuclear weapons on South Korean territory as a deterrent, despite the opposition of President Moon Jae-in.

U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed advisers to prepare for the withdrawal, the report said, adding several White House officials are trying to stop him.

South Korea is a key ally of United States in the region and this is the sensitive time for both the nations when they are coordinating efforts together to confront North Korea over its missile program.

The United States has agreed to help South Korea build up its missile capabilities and "reached an agreement in principle to revise the "missile guideline".

A majority of South Koreans support arming the country with nuclear weapons in response to North Korea's development of nuclear weapons. "Korea trade pact a truly bad idea", said foreign policy expert Richard Haass, who argued it would weaken the US alliance with South Korea at a crucial time.

"He said PACOM (US PACIFIC COMMAND) will closely consult with the South Korean government and the Joint Chiefs of Staff over all military options that can be considered".

"After arriving on September 6, the president will have many important schedules, such as bilateral and expanded summit talks with President Putin, a joint press conference and a ceremony marking the signing of important agreements between the two countries", Park told a press briefing.

But Mr. Trump, asked during a trip to the Gulf Coast on Saturday whether he was talking with his advisers about the trade deal, said: "I am". There are fears that when North Korea gets the opportunity to inflict nuclear strikes on American cities, the Americans will decide not to trade Seoul for San Francisco.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest point in years after a series of missile tests by Pyongyang. "Russian Federation believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile", Putin said Friday.

As an alternative to armed conflict, Beijing and Moscow are advocating the resumption of diplomatic talks on Korean denuclearization, through the implementation of the "double freeze" initiative, endorsed by Chinese Premier Xi Jiping and Vladimir Putin, but rejected by Washington.

A lawmaker from the Liberty Korea Party, Yoon Young-seok, explained that South Koreans want to see a better balance of power between the South and the North. Prior to that, in early August, the UNSC unanimously agreed to impose more restrictive measures on Pyongyang, banning exports of coal, iron, lead, and seafood.


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