The G7 leaders in a statement released on Monday condemned « in the strongest possible terms the new nuclear test conducted by North Korea » at the weekend.

Today, South Korea continues the cycle of military activities in response to the ongoing Pyongyang provocations. According to Seoul’s Navy, some of the assets mobilized in the waters of the Japanese Sea include the 2,500-ton Gangwon frigate, and three patrol boats.

Seoul said the North appeared to be preparing to launch more missiles after Sunday’s test rocked the region. South Korea conducted a series of live-fire drills and said the US was preparing to bolster its military presence.

South Korea is talking to Washington about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula, and has been ramping up its own defenses in the meantime.

Washington appears to have moved to ease South Korean doubts about America’s commitment to its security after Donald Trump openly accused its East Asian ally of “appeasing” Pyongyang by holding out for a negotiated solution to its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Washington has agreed to remove warhead restrictions on South Korean missiles, allowing Seoul to develop more powerful weapons that would boost its pre-emptive strike capabilities against the North.

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