If North Korea conducts its seventh nuclear bomb test, the United States will ensure an unparalleled level of response. Japan and South Korea issued a warning on October 26.
Washington and its allies believe North Korea is about to resume nuclear tests for the first time since 2017.
“We agree that if North Korea goes ahead with its seventh nuclear test, it will require an unparalleled level of response,” South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun-dong told a news conference in Tokyo.
Cho and his Japanese and American officials; He spoke alongside Deputy Secretary of State Takeo Mori and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
The U.S. and its allies have offered few details about their new plans, and analysts say they have few good options to prevent a new test.
North Korea’s tests have only escalated as China and Russia vetoed further UN Security Council sanctions this year for the first time since North Korea began testing nuclear weapons in 2006 and stepped up allied military exercises. Exercises.
“We urge (North Korea) to refrain from further provocations,” Sherman said, calling them “reckless and deepening regional instability.”
“Anything that happens here, like North Korea’s nuclear test, has implications for the security of the whole world,” Pyongyang’s supporters at the UN Security Council said. It sent a subtle message to China and Russia.
“We hope that everyone on the Security Council will understand the incredible ways in which the use of nuclear weapons will change the world.
Asked about the comments from Tokyo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called on all countries to recognize the “root causes of prolonged instability” and take steps to promote mutual trust and address the concerns of all parties in a balanced manner. Method.
North Korea has been conducting weapons tests at an unprecedented pace this year and has fired more than two dozen ballistic missiles, including one that flew toward Japan.
Angered by South Korea’s military moves, Pyongyang fired hundreds of artillery shells off its coast last week in what it called a dire warning to its southern neighbor.
In September, ships accompanying the USS Ronald Reagan conducted joint military exercises with South Korean forces in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile test, the first joint military exercise involving US aircraft carriers since 2017.
In response, the United States South Korea and Japan are committed to deepening cooperation, Mori said.
“We agreed to further strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-US alliance and the US-South Korea alliance, and to promote security cooperation between the three countries,” Mori said.
Amid rising tensions between China and Taiwan, Sherman reiterated the U.S. position that it does not support Taiwan’s independence, and said it would not stop working with Japan and South Korea to defend Taiwan.
“The United States has repeatedly said publicly that it does not support Taiwan’s independence, but it wants to have peace, so it will work with Japan and the Republic of Korea to support Taiwan and ensure Taiwan’s independence.” He can protect himself,” Sherman said.
At a Communist Party meeting this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for the acceleration of China’s plans to build a world-class military and said his country would never give up its right to use force to resolve the Taiwan issue.
China, which democratically governs Taiwan as its own territory, strongly opposes China’s sovereignty, saying only the island’s 23 million people can decide its future.
Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo; Hyeonhee Shin Additional reporting by Soo-hyang Choi and Josh Smith in Seoul and Eduardo Baptista in Beijing; Written by Chang-Ran Kim. Edited by Simon Cameron-Moore.
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