South Korea's Moon orders maximum retaliatory measures over North Korea

South Korea's Moon orders maximum retaliatory measures over North Korea

North Korea's announcement followed reports of as many as two tremors in the rogue state at around noon local time, which officials in South Korea and Japan had said appeared to be the country's sixth nuclear test.

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".

President Donald Trump has told members of his administration to prepare to exit a free trade agreement with South Korea, though he has yet to announce whether he will go through with the plan.

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump with him responds “We’ll see,” as he is asked a question about attacking North Korea after the Trump’s attended services at St. John’s Church in Washington Sunday Sept. 3 2017. The presi

It came as the US and South Korean forces were nearing the end of the 10-day annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint exercises, which the North regards as a rehearsal for invasion.

"President Trump provided his conceptual approval of planned purchases by South Korea of billions of dollars in American military equipment". Pacific Command and South Korea's defense minister, a Pacom spokeswoman said.

North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 missile on August 29 capable of carrying a nuclear payload that traveled almost 2,700 kilometers into the Pacific and triggered alert warnings as it flew over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

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In 2012, the revision allowed Seoul to increase the maximum allowable missile range to 800km from the previous limit of 300km.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In has previously urged limits on Seoul's missiles to be loosened in a conversation with Trump.

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

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Jae-in, who said during his presidential campaigning and after being elected that he would seek to engage in dialogue with North Korea - is still reportedly pursuing a diplomatic route to contain the threat from his country's reclusive neighbour.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business lobbying group, said that the White House has alerted lawmakers that a notification of intent to pull out of the trade deal may come as soon as Tuesday.

It is, however, to be noted that earlier this week, in response to North Korea's missile launch, Trump said on Twitter that talking to North Korea was "not the answer".

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