Saturday, September 17, 2016

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Meeting in New York this week

The top diplomats from South Korea and Japan will hold a meeting later this week in New York to discuss countermeasures against North Korea's recent nuclear test. The bilateral meeting between South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, will be held on Sunday local time, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session. The two diplomats will discuss the current agenda items on the UNSC and other measures against the North. They are expected to discuss the issue of forging the General Security of Military Information Agreement, a military intelligence sharing pact. The long protracted issue was discussed during summit meeting between President Park Geun-hye and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in Laos earlier this month.

Meanwhile, North Korea may take further provocations following its recent nuclear test, according to Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho. North Korea watchers see the senior official's comments as a protest against the US B-1 bombers that flew over South Korea on Tuesday in a show of force against the Korean Peninsula's biggest nuclear test to date. Some say, it's part of the North's efforts to soften new UN sanctions that are all but certain to come.

Source: Arirang News

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