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Signals under Mount Mantap spark imminent nuclear test alert — NORTH KOREA WARNING

Signals under Mount Mantap spark imminent nuclear test alert — NORTH KOREA WARNING

Overblown and violent rhetoric is perhaps the only domain in which North Korea can rival the United States, but Trump nevertheless chose it as his battlefield.

The American President, who has called diplomatic efforts with North Korea a waste of time in the past, did acknowledge that tensions with North Korea could be resolved "in a peaceful way, but it's very possible that it can't". In fact, the majority of Koreans, North and South, desire peace and steps towards reunification.

During his New Year speech, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un stated that North Korea's nuclear arsenal is capable of reaching United States' mainland and that the button is sitting on his desk.

Temporarily lifting sanctions on North Korea to pave the way for its participation in the Olympics, an idea that initially emerged from these talks, would be a grave mistake.

Though the U.S. called off regularly scheduled military drills until the end of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics in March, elsewhere they have trained for scenarios that seem tailor made for fighting North Korea.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that the hermit regime has made plans to take part in the games which are set to be held in February. "A combination of diplomacy and deterrence, based on the already impressive strength of South Korean and USA forces ... is a wise alternative".

If the deal does not come through, it would spill over into how the North Korean threat is handled, Lavrov warned. "And if the South Koreans are viewed as running off the leash [our emphasis], it will exacerbate tensions within the alliance".

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In his remarks on Friday, Lavrov also criticized the USA decision to withhold funds for UNRWA, the United Nations agency for "Palestinian refugees". In the event of a war, control of the South Korean military is legally transferred from South Korean to USA generals. The Vancouver meeting had representation from countries that had provided both the United States and South Korea with Troops and logistical support during the Korean War which ended when an armistice was signed between the North and the South. The meeting focused mostly on ways to more strictly enforce the already severe and tightening sanctions. China, North Korea's primary ally, accounts for some 90 percent of North Korea's import and export markets, making them the one nation with enough leverage to force change within Kim's nation.

Speaking to CNN in December, Curtis Melvin, a senior fellow with the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, said privately run pizza parlors, coffee shops, bars and gas stations have quietly mushroomed in Pyongyang under Kim's watch.

Last week, President Trump said there were "disastrous" flaws in the 2015 agreement but waived implementing nuclear-related sanctions, saying, "This is a last chance". "I think it's increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said his country is in favour of collective leadership instead of U.S. global leadership.

The North Korean leader talked about factory jobs and coal.

It has also threatened to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council.