US, Japan, S. Korea envoys discuss N. Korea

US, Japan, S. Korea envoys discuss N. Korea”

Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a conventional firing drill, reports said, as the South announced joint naval exercises with a United States aircraft carrier in the flashpoint region.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing an unnamed government source, reported that Pyongyang appeared to have deployed a number of long-range artillery units in the region of Wonsan, which is a coastal North Korean area.

Maeil Business wrote: "When a military clash happens in the Korean Peninsula, South Korea will be the first target of North Korea and its military will hold joint operations with USA troops to fight back".

Tuesday marks the 85th anniversary of the founding of North Korea's military, a significant date in the country's calendar.

China's nuclear envoy Wu Dawei also arrived in Japan on Tuesday to exchange views on a solution on the Korean Peninsula, China's foreign ministry said.

US President Donald Trump personally lobbied UN Security Council members on Monday, telling them they must be prepared to "impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korea".

"The protection of US citizens is one of the Department's highest priorities", the State Department said in a statement.

A young girl watches as North Korean men and women take part in a mass dance on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

"The stakes are much higher - the United States believes that it is facing a critical juncture where North Korea is about to obtain a nuclear capability against the United States homeland", Zhao said.

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Kim said they discussed ways to get more cooperation from China and Russian Federation, which they agreed is crucial to applying effective pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

The embassy looks after consular affairs for the United States in North Korea because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations.

Earlier this month, North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea of Japan while the USA was conducting annual military drills with South Korea.

"We believe China has a very, very important role to play", said the USA envoy for North Korea policy, Joseph Yun.

However, Beijing is intensely wary of any measures that might cause the collapse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's hard-line communist regime, fearing that could lead to a wave of refugees and a Pyongyang government beholden to Washington and Seoul.

The State Department also said it was aware of the report about a USA citizen being detained, but declined further comment "due to privacy considerations".

An official from South Korea's navy said Tuesday the USS Michigan is making a routine stop to rest its crews and reload supplies.

"This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not", Trump said Monday at a lunch for ambassadors of countries who sit on the Security Council. The nuclear-powered submarine is built to carry and launch ballistic missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The key Chinese border port of Quanhe, which typically rumbles with several hundred trucks carrying goods between China and North Korea's Special Economic Zone, was shut on Tuesday, but expected to reopen a day later.

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