Thursday, September 15, 2016

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Chuseok holiday in S. Korea

President Park Geun-hye extended her Chuseok greetings to the Korean people today posting a video message on her Facebook page. President Park said South Korea is facing through difficulties as threats from North Korea continue to pull them back. The president added that the government is maintaining all-out national security based on strong international cooperation.

Meanwhile, in telephone talks with Seoul's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se today, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed the time was right to step up the presure on North Korea following its nuclear and missile provocations. Yun called for a quick adoption of a strong UNSC sanction against Pyongyang and stop further threats. In response, Wang Yi was quoted as saying the recent nuclear test is a violation to UNSC resolutions that damages peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.

Then, South Korean PM Hwang Kyo-ahn urged the Coast Guard to be on alert for further threats from North Korea near the Northern Limit Line in the West Sea. He also ordered the Coast Guard to crack down on illegal fishing by Chinese boats in South Korean waters.

Later, the top diplomats from South Korea, the USA, and Japan will hold a meeting this week in New York to discuss countermeasures against North Korea's nuclear test, the foreign ministry in Seoul said Wednesday. The trilateral meeting will be held among South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. They will meet Sunday (local time) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

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