South Korea Tests Missile As President Speaks Of Need To 'Dominate' North

Just days after reports surfaced the USA and South Korea would discuss North Korea's demands in order to end its nuclear program, Pyongyang's state media said Sunday its "self-defensive nuclear deterrent force is never subject to any kind of negotiations".

The World Taekwondo championship being held over the next several days is the largest competition of the sport to be held, with 973 athletes participating from 183 different countries.

Sport administrators from both North and South Korea warn Around the Rings talks of a unified peninsula team at the PyeongChang Olympics remain only conceptual.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Saturday attended the World Taekwondo Championship and, with North Korean athletes present for the first time, said he hoped to see an inter-Korean team at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

"Given the increasing sophistication of North Korea's missile provocations, South Koreans are very curious about the extent of the South Korean military's missile capability".

Lee urged North Korea to denuclearize and follow inter-Korean declarations of peace and prosperity.

"After [qualification] maybe we can discuss have team merging such as female ice hockey we can combined together", Choue said.

During the election campaign, some aides to Mr. Moon had called for the reopening as part of Mr. Moon's program of fostering dialogue and exchanges with North Korea.

But when asked about the suggestions, Chang said he was not in a position to talk about them.

The Pentagon maintains that the U.S. does not train for decapitation strikes of any kind, but with the threat from North Korea growing hotter every day, and civilian casualties like Otto Warmbier, it may be that its preparing a quick strike option in case of an untenable provocation from the Kim regime.

Moon also shook hands with Chang Ung, North Korea's only member in the International Olympic Committee.

The 67th anniversary of war comes amid fears the North will conduct a sixth nuclear test and more ballistic missile launches in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. "The general consensus among experts here is that if left unchecked, the North would be able to have ICBMs in the near future", Yoo said.

"Barring specially approved humanitarian missions, American citizens should not travel to North Korea", he concluded.

A soldier from North Korea has defected to South Korea through the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) separating the two Koreas, making it the third such defection in just two weeks.

7am US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he had pressed China to ramp up economic and political pressure on North Korea during his meeting with top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Washington last week.

  • Joey Payne