The adage about a week being a long time in politics has never been truer than in South Korea, a tumultuous young democracy where politicians and parties rise and fall nearly as fast as a North Korean missile. Possibly, according to watchers. So North Korea likes to test and blast during this month, ? he said.
Several North Korean anniversaries in April could be opportunity for Pyongyang to conduct nuclear or missile tests, South Korean defence ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun said.
"April 15th is Grandpa Kim Il Sung 105th birth anniversary; April 25th is Korean Peoples Army?s 85th founding anniversary". A note of defiance against the U.S. has been sounded.
Just as they did ahead of Donald Trump's action in Syria, the media has started their war mongering over North Korea.
On Tuesday, a fleet of North Korean cargo ships was heading home, most of the vessels fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return the coal to curb the trade, sources with direct knowledge of the trade said.
Expert satellite imagery analysis suggests it could well be preparing for a sixth, with USA intelligence officials warning that Pyongyang could be less than two years away from developing a nuclear warhead that could reach the US. What else has South Korea said?
Mr Tillerson on Sunday also said Washington was not interested in "regime change" in North Korea, while reiterating that it must stop all weapon testing before further diplomatic talks can take place.
The US has sent warships into waters near the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea's "reckless" nuclear threat.
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Despite the geopolitical tensions - only last week the UN Security Council condemned North Korea's latest missile launch - knots of spectators gathered along the route, cheering the runners on and exchanging high-fives with them. The two sides have agreed "an even stronger United Nations resolution" will have to be adopted in the event of additional weapons tests by Pyongyang. China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was circumspect.
"We need to look at the situation on the Korean Peninsula as something that we should work together on".
"North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior".
South Korea's top nuclear envoy said Monday after talks with his Chinese counterpart that the two nations had agreed to "strong" new measures to punish Pyongyang if it carried out another nuclear test.
China has previously said the system would destabilise the regional security balance and that its radar's reach would be intruding into Chinese territory. What about the US? He condemned that the U.S. "is becoming increasingly selfish" and its "actions and rhetoric have posed many challenges for Beijing and created obstacles for China in keeping up its tempo with the US". Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed on a 100-day plan on trade that aims at boosting USA exports.
"By seeing us in real life they can see we're not necessarily evil, that we're OK, that we smile, that we want to meet them".
"China does not produce that much beef, and I think it would be an area where they could gracefully yield", he said.