Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

North Korea-US Tensions Are Not Mexico's Business, Says Diplomat

North Korea-US Tensions Are Not Mexico's Business, Says Diplomat

North Korea's state media marked the nation's founding anniversary with calls for a nuclear arms buildup, in defiance of mounting global sanctions.

Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera said he hoped for a firm United Nations resolution, adding stronger economic penalties might lead to a change in North Korea's behaviour. After the test, Trump said he was considering suspending trade with any country that did business with Pyongyang and hinted that he did not rule out an attack on North Korea.

China is a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, as well as North Korea's main trading partner and source of food and fuel aid.

"We must recognize that we can not jeopardize our alliance through these negotiations or by unilaterally withdrawing from KORUS at this precarious moment", they said, referring to the bilateral talks that got under way last month.

North Korea's ambassador to Mexico Kim Hyong Gil (C) stands at the door of the North Korean embassy while a translator (not pictured) addresses the media in Mexico City, Mexico September 8, 2017.

In a phone call with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted that military action against North Korea was not his "first choice" and pushed for a diplomatic option.

In a sign of the worldwide stakes over Pyongyang's latest test, China said on Thursday that it had lodged a diplomatic protest with South Korea following its announcement it would increase deployments of a United States anti-missile system.

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Dozens of people have been injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police as the United States military added more launchers to the missile-defence system it installed in a southern town to handle North Korean threats.

North Korea's state media marked the nation's founding anniversary on Saturday with calls for a nuclear arms buildup, in defiance of mounting global sanctions.

Pyongyang imports almost all of its oil and gas from China. While China and Russian Federation have condemned Kim's actions, they have said the ultimate goal needs to be to coax him to the negotiating table and avoid a war.

With North Korea's upgraded military capabilities, the newspaper warned that the United States and its "vassal" forces are doomed to be defeated, at a time when the global community is carefully watching the North for signs of another missile launch or other provocations on the occasion of the anniversary. This year's ceremony comes about a week after the country's by far most powerful ever underground blast of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb.

"Given the new developments on the Korean Peninsula, China agrees that the U.N. Security Council should respond further by taking necessary measures", he told a press conference in Beijing.

A senior administration official said the USA was still assessing last weekend's underground explosion but so far noted nothing inconsistent with Pyongyang's claim.

North Koreans on Saturday celebrated another public holiday with familiar routines, laying flowers and bowing in front of statues and portraits of past leaders while the outside world kept a close watch amid speculations that another missile test is near.

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