The tension has been growing after North Korea conducted nuclear test on Sunday. US and South Korea have sharply reacted to Pyongyang’s move. Donald Trump has threatened to cut off trade ties with the countries doing business with North Korea, while Defence Secretary has warned of a “massive military response.” South Korea conducted a missile drill simulating an attack on North Korea’s nuclear site.
North Korea carried its most powerful nuclear test on Sunday. Pyongyang claimed it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb mountable on Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the US territory.
President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets on Sunday, threatened to cut off all trade ties with countries doing business with North Korea, an apparent warning to China. In one of his tweets Trump said, “The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”
He even criticized South Korean policy of appeasement towards North Korea saying, “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”
Responding to a media person’s question as if he plans to attack the North Korea, Trump said, “We’ll see.”
According to Seoul based The Korea Times, such a ban would affect China the most as it is responsible for 90 percent of North Korea’s trade.
US Secretary of State warned on Sunday that Washington could launch a “massive military response” to any threats from North Korea following Pyongyang’s proactive detonation of what it claimed was a miniaturized hydrogen bomb.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that Washington would push for the “strongest sanctions” as he spoke to his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha, Foreign Ministry in Seoul said in a statement.
Moreover, The Korea Times quoting military sources in Seoul has reported that US is considering deploying F-22 and F-35B stealth jets rotationally on the Korean Peninsula in consultation with South Korea. This is considered to be in line with Seoul’s growing demand for deployment of US tactical nuclear weapons.
The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in has disclosed that the national security advisors of Donald Trump and Moon discussed the latest developments in a telephonic conversation.
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that the top military officers in Washington and Seoul held separate talks in a phone call and agreed on the need for “effective military response.”
Moreover, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe agreed on Monday to pursue “much tougher and more substantive” measures against North Korea. In a 20 minute telephonic conversation the two leaders discussed ways to respond to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.
Meanwhile China has strongly condemned North Korea’s “wrong” actions and urged the country to respect UN Security Council resolutions. The statement issued by foreign ministry says, North Korea “has ignored the international community’s widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test. China’s government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation towards this.”
In the past two months North Korea has conducted Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests sending one over mainland Japan into the Pacific Ocean. It has also threatened to send missiles towards Guam, an unincorporated US territory in the Western Pacific Ocean.