US Not Giving up on Diplomacy on N. Korea

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"If we respond to the situation with an attitude that we will counter a nuclear-armed North with a nuclear-armed South, peace can not be maintained between the two Koreas", Moon said.

In 2006, the Six Party Talks faltered, and North Korea conducted several ballistic missile launches.

The Security Council on Monday unanimously approved a US-drafted resolution, which bans Kim Jong-un's government from exporting textiles and restricts the shipment of oil products.

The Korea Times reports that South Korea successfully conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile on September 12.

Japan's public broadcaster NHK claimed on Thursday that U.S. and North Korean officials had met "secretly" on the sidelines of a security forum in Switzerland earlier this month.

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South Korea and the United States have yet to respond directly to North Korea's latest threat.

North Korea has again threatened to sink Japan into the sea with a nuclear bomb and said the USA should be "beaten to death like a rabid dog" after the latest sanctions on the shipment of oil products by UN Security Council in response to Pyongyang's recent nuclear test.

"If the claim that the device just tested has a variable yield is true (from tens to hundreds of kilotons), then this may also imply the North Koreans intend to adopt an expanded policy of using nuclear weapons, including tactical use, in addition to deterring threats to existence of the state", 38 North said.

It's unclear what exactly that extra action would be - or if Trump will choose to heighten tensions even further after these recent comments.

The North said its latest nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles that were flight tested twice in July.

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According to 38 North, satellite images suggested the nuke test resulted in landslides occurring at the Punggye-ri test site.

North Korea also uses trusted agents and third party companies located in other countries to facilitate prohibited trade. Despite being much smaller, the country appears to be trying to antagonize its enemies, especially South Korea, China, the United States and Japan.

On Wednesday, South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said it had detected traces of radioactive xenon gas from the nuclear test. Pyongyang is already pointing thousands of pieces of artillery at Seoul, South Korea's capital - with a whopping 25.6 million residents living in the greater metropolitan area.

So while some used to laugh at North Korea's boisterous statements, it's doubtful many in Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo are chuckling now.

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