The US President also expressed hope of a positive development from talks between North and South Korea, announcement of which came after Washington and Seoul delayed a military exercise over Pyongang’s nuclear and missile programs.
The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its November 29 intercontinental ballistic missile test.
Reining in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions will top South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s agenda in Beijing during a visit this week.
North Korea tested two ICBMs in July that could fly about 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting many parts of the US mainland within range
The UN Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss the latest test at the request of the US, Japan and South Korea.
Amid rising tensions over the North’s nukes, South Korean media has warned that Trump’s contradictory messages could affect the Seoul-Washington alliance.
Pence’s Seoul stop kicks off a long-planned ten-day trip to Asia – his first as vice president – and comes amid concerns that Pyongyang could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test.
Park could become South Korea’s third former leader to be jailed for wrongdoing and is the country’s first democratically elected leader to be ousted.
If the court grants the arrest warrant, Park Geun-hye will become the country’s third former president to be detained in custody while being investigated.
Park’s critics said they would rally in central Seoul, while the former president’s conservative supporters also planned protests, raising the risk of confrontation.
The corruption scandal erupted late last year over accusations that South Korean President Park colluded with a friend to pressure big businesses to back the president’s policy initiatives.
The missile is propelled by a solid fuel engine and was an upgraded, extended-range version of its submarine-launched ballistic missile.
“The people who love this country have come out to save the country despite the hardship,” Kim Ku-ja, 69, said with the national flag draped over her.
Park’s office has said she intends to fulfil her duties as president and has not formally acknowledged the calls to step down from the public and parliament.
The People’s Party will start collecting signatures for an impeachment motion against the president, while the main opposition Democratic Party will review the conditions for impeachment.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye will be the first sitting president to be questioned by prosecutors over a criminal case.
Prosecutors are investigating whether Park Geun-hye exerted improper pressure on “chaebol” conglomerate bosses to raise funds for two foundations.
The North is believed to be ready for another nuclear test at any time and there has been speculation it could mark the October 10 anniversary of the founding of its Workers’ Party with another underground detonation.
A Pentagon spokesman said THAAD would be deployed “as soon as feasible,” but declined to give a specific timeline.
In a show of force and solidarity, two US supersonic B-1 Lancer strategic bombers flew over South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear tests.
The comments by South Korea’s Defence Ministry spokesman on Monday came three days after North Korea carried out its fifth atomic bomb test.
“As a matter of principle, both countries would have to be sensitive to each other’s strategic interests,” the external affairs ministry spokesperson quoted the prime minister as saying.
Vice premier Kim Yong Jin was executed for not keeping his posture upright at a public event, a South Korean government official told Reuters.
A South Korean newspaper reported that former agriculture minister Hwang Min and Ri Yong Jin, a senior official at the education ministry, had been executed.
As the Olympic games draw to a close, another set of games will begin: military exercises between the US and South Korea to prepare for a possible armed conflict with North Korea.
The North calls the exercises preparations for invasion, and threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike. North Korea frequently makes such threats.
The BBC named the defector as veteran diplomat Thae Yong Ho, a counsellor at the North Korean embassy and deputy to the ambassador.
The firm, which operates in conjunction with a British counterpart, took the decision after considering its “business and geopolitical principles.”
“We can now expect some tit for tat for no rhyme or reason. If Indian scribes are turned out off China we too will lose our eyes and ears in that country. Not extending visas of journalists is a needless aggravation,” says Mohan Guruswamy.
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Brushing Aside Criticism for Blocking India’s NSG Bid, Chinese Media Says Country ‘Still Stuck’ in 1962 War Mindset
Continuing to justify China’s stand to block New Delhi’s bid, Chinese media has repeated the argument that signing the NPT is a must for India to join the NSG.
In the second part of his interview with The Wire, former foreign secretary Shyam Saran discusses why China acted the way it did at the NSG and what India can do about it.
New Delhi must also engage with Beijing on talks on strategic stability which could change China’s mindset on India’s nuclear status.
In the first of a two-part interview, former foreign secretary Shyam Saran discusses India’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group with Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire.
As soon as Times Now’s interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended on Monday night, two of The Wire’s founding editors, M.K. Venu and Siddharth Varadarajan went live on Facebook to critically analyse what was said and left unsaid in the 90 minute broadcast. An edited transcript.
“India doesn’t seem to understand that the ‘process’ is where the game is being played and that’s why the minor objectors are more problematic than China in some ways,” says an analyst.
The Wire takes its readers on a world tour of the Indian quest to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
China said while discussions are going on among the NSG members, the admission of new members was not listed in the current plenary meeting in Seoul.
The fresh statement from the US on India’s NSG membership came after China said that it was not on the agenda of the NSG meeting in Seoul.