Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

North Korea: Japan must not exist next to us

North Korea: Japan must not exist next to us

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called for strict enforcement of a United Nations resolution against North Korea over its latest nuclear test, saying the world must force a change in Pyongyang's policies.

But in an interview with CNN on Thursday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in ruled out the idea: "To respond to North Korea by having our own nuclear weapons will not maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula and could lead to a nuclear arms race in northeast Asia".

In an attempt to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, the UN Security Council approved new sanctions, targeting the country's textile industry and limiting its import of crude oil.

The new sanctions set a cap on crude and refined oil exports to North Korea at 8.5 million barrels per year, which represents a 30 percent reduction, according to USA officials.

The North said its latest nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles that were flight tested twice in July.

The recent nuclear test was the sixth and most powerful test North Korea has conducted since its first in 2006, demonstrating a stunning advance in the country's ability to build high-yield nuclear weapons.

"Such activity, coming shortly after the largest underground nuclear test conducted at Punggye-ri to date (via the North Portal), suggests that on-site work could now be changing focus to further prepare those other portals for future underground nuclear testing", the defense analysts - Frank Pabian, Joseph Bermudez and Jack Liu - said in a report on 38 North, a website focused on North Korea.

Pyongyang claims it detonated a hydrogen bomb in this latest test, which its state media swiftly described as "a ideal success". It also referred to South Korea as "traitors and dogs" of the US.

"The fact that the North Korean programme has come under sharp and closer scrutiny, that warrants some examination of its backward linkages", Jaishankar said.

"The yield of the test clearly shows North Korean progress in increasing the yields of their nuclear weapons", the analysts said.

They also appear to confirm the worst fears of many people who believe it is time for Canada to join the US ballistic missile defence shield, after opting out of the program in 2005.

As North Korea holds more frequent and more powerful tests, the South in particular has ramped up its deterrence efforts.

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