Asia: North Korea faces tighter sanctions under Trump strategy

US has announced a new approach to North Korea with tighten sanctions it. The use of THAAD in South Korea is confirmed by US Pacific Commander during a briefing on Senate earlier today.

“The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” said a joint statement issued by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

The use of Defence Missile system in South Korea was criticised by China. Therefore, US is go ahead with it.

Conclusion: More troubles ahead.

Asia: US begins deploying missile defence system in South Korea despite Chinese warning

North Korea has launched 4 balistic missiles on Monday. US and South Korea has started to deploy Thaad’s missile defence system after that. Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister spokesman has opposed it and said on Tuesday that China opposed the deployment and would “resolutely take necessary measures to defend our own security interests”.

Asia: North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile

A few moments ago. North Korea has announced its submarine has fired a ballistic missile  KN-11 in the coast of Sinpo on Sea of Japan.

The KN-11 missile was launched off the coast of Sinpo and flew about 500km (300 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan, a US official said.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the missile had fallen inside Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone.

The reported test follows an attempted launch last month that South Korea said failed in its initial flight stage.

It took place as foreign ministers from Japan, China and South Korea were meeting in Tokyo.

Conclusion: More troubles for silent leader Kim Jong-Un.

World Affairs: North Korean diplomat at London embassy ‘defects to another country’

North Korea has another problem. The deputy-ambassador in London, Thae Yong Ho, has defected to another country according to BBC. Thae and his family had disappeared for several weeks in their home in London.

Neither the UK’s Foreign Office nor the embassy has commented.

“A DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] diplomat in London is going through procedures to seek asylum in a third country,” a report in the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo said.

“The DPRK Embassy made belated attempts to figure out the diplomat’s whereabouts, but has failed,” the paper’s report added, citing an anonymous source.

The paper said that in this context “a third country” means one that is neither North nor South Korea.

Conclusion: Thae is so tired to upheld the silent leader Kim Jong-un.

Asia: US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

US and South Korea has reached a deal to deploy a missile defence system called THAAD. The purposes is protect that countries from North Korea’s missiles.

China, which has consistently opposed the plan, lodged a protest with the US and South Korean envoys.

China’s foreign ministry said that the THAAD system will harm peace and stability in the region, despite its ability to detect and shoot down North Korean missiles.

“China expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolute objection to this”, it said in a statement on its website.

Conclusion: More troubles for Pyongyang and Beijing.

Asia: Kim Jong-un says North Korea missiles can reach US in Pacific

After missile test made on Wednesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was quoted by state run news agency over that. He said missile tests have given his country “the sure capability to attack US interests in the Pacific”.

He called Wednesday’s twin tests a “great event” that strengthened the country’s nuclear attack capacity.

US and South Korea say the first test failed but the second showed what Japan called “some capability”.

Conclusion: The Silent North Korean Leader is very angry with US, South Korea and Japan after that.

Asia: North Korea to cut hotlines with South amid Kaesong shutdown

The row among North Korea and South Korea has rises again. After Seoul has announced a complete shutdown of industrial complex on North Korean city of Kaesong. Pyongyang vows to cut two of three hotlines with South Korea.

Pyongyang has called the shutdown “a declaration of war” and has designated Kaesong as a military zone.

Seoul says the suspension is aimed at cutting off money the North uses for nuclear and missile development.

Conclusion: More troubles for US and China to solve it.