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S. Korea president says THAAD deployment inevitable but temporary

S. Korea president says THAAD deployment inevitable but temporary

The military is particularly focused on the possible launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or a Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM).

"While North Korea's nuclear and missile technologies continue to advance, we have no choice but to increase our defense capabilities to the maximum level", Moon insisted.

Celebrating its founding anniversary, a front-page editorial of the Saturday edition of North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun said the country should make "more high-tech Juche weapons to continuously bring about big historical events such as a miraculous victory of July 28.".

Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of weapons tests, the latest a detonation Sunday of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

South Korean Nuclear Safety and Security Commission experts detected xenon radionuclides in air samples collected in the country after North Korea's latest nuclear test, according to a statement made by the commission on Friday.

Sweden has had diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973.

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The announcement by the Swedish Foreign Affairs Ministry on Friday came hours after Mexico's government said it declared North Korean Ambassador Kim Hyong Gil as persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country within 72 hours in response to Sunday's nuke test.

There was no chance the xenon "will have an impact on South Korea's territory or population", the statement said.

Trump has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea and on Thursday said he would prefer not to use military action, but if he did, it would be a "very sad day" for North Korea.

Mr Putin expressed concern that cutting off oil supplies would hurt regular North Koreans, the official said.

Yesterday, Japanese F-15 fighter jets conducted an air exercise with US B1-B bombers in the skies above the East China Sea, said Japan's Air Self-Defence Force.

The United States has already banned Americans from traveling to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old college student from OH who was released from North Korea in June in a coma after being detained there for more than a year. Kang says the regime picks public holidays for weapons tests to boast to the world, but also to serve as propaganda to bond North Koreans.

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