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North Korea still ‘serious and imminent threat’: Japan

North Korea still poses a “serious and imminent threat”, Japan said Tuesday in its first annual defence review since tensions eased on the Korean peninsula. Japan's 2018 defence white paper also took aim at China's rise as a military power, saying Beijing was sparking “strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan”. Last year's defence review was published at the height of the tensions with North Korea, amid nuclear and missile tests and with US President Donald Trump threatening…

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

BEIJING: War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in just days after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. But the White House said on Wednesday that no negotiations could be…

Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force against North Korea

BEIJING/SEOUL: The US military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises ahead of a UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Korea’s nuclear threat is likely to loom large. The flurry of military drills came after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday and the reclusive North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3 in defiance of United Nations sanctions and other international pressure. A…

Pakistan calls for addressing tensions on Korean peninsula through diplomatic means

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Lt General Retired Nasser Khan Janjua on Monday emphasized that the tension in Korean peninsula should be mitigated by using political and diplomatic means and channels. He was talking to Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Takashi Kurai in Islamabad. The adviser shared concern about security situation in Korean Peninsula and assured the ambassador that Pakistan would always abide by the United Nations Security Council resolution. The two discussed matters of mutual interests,…

China holds wargames as North Korea tensions spike

SHANGHAI: The navy and air force of China flexing their muscles in live-fire drills in seas adjacent to the Korean Peninsula, the defence ministry said, amid regional tensions over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weaponry. The "large-scale" exercises were being conducted in the seas and skies off China's east coast in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Gulf, and included the firing of dozens of missiles, a notice posted late Monday on the Ministry of Defence website said. Naval and air force assets including dozens of ships,…

US deploys warships to Korean Peninsula

WASHINGTON: The US Navy said Saturday it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea's "reckless" nuclear weapons programme. The move will raise tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a US missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning over its refusal to abandon its nuclear ambitions. North Korea denounced Thursday's strike as an act of "intolerable aggression" and one that justified "a million times over" the…