These countries have expelled North Korean ambassadors after latest nuclear tests

Lester Mason
September 22, 2017

In Seoul, some South Korean opposition politicians saw Mattis's comments as another sign that South Korea is losing its voice in global efforts to deal with the North's nuclear program.

The US, an ally of Japan that has extensive military presence in the region, has reacted harshly to North Korea's missile launches in particular and the weapons programs in general.

The U.S. warplanes also conducted formation training with Japanese fighter jets over waters near the southern island of Kyushu, according to the Pacific Command.

The Blue House said Mr Moon and Mr Trump had strongly condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, and agreed the two nations would work with the global community to implement the latest UN Security Council's resolution 2375.

On Sunday, however, USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the UN Security Council had run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear programme and the United States might have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

He did confirm that he had discussed the option of putting tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea, an idea rejected by South Korea's President last week. He also called on the countries to support efforts to take away the North's United Nations membership.

It comes as U.S. and Chinese leaders agreed to "maximise the pressure" on Kim Jong-un's regime, with the U.S. flying four F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a blunt show of force, reports.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his American counterpart, Donald Trump, have reportedly agreed to exert extra pressure on North Korea.

The donations to United Nations relief organizations would restore South Korean humanitarian aid to the North that was suspended in 2016 following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test.

The sanctions are an attempt to starve North Korea of fuel and income for its weapons programmes, and restrict oil imports and ban textile exports. China in turn favors an worldwide response to the problem.

The country's commerce with China, its main ally, was partially responsible for an estimated economic growth of 3.9% past year, Bloomberg news agency reports.

Earlier, the US and South Korea carried out joint military exercises.

"Today, the North Korean ambassador was summoned and was told of the decision to consider him as a persona non grata, therefore he must stop working and abandon the country before 30 September", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Instead, he said, the worldwide community should strictly implement the sanctions imposed on North Korea by the U.N. Security Council. "But actually, these kinds of actions didn't help solving the problem but further complicate the situation, which do no good to the resolution of the peninsular issue".

The US military carried out an aerial military drill on Monday with South Korea near the border between the Koreas, the defence ministry in Seoul said.The drill was to "demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", it added.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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