wnol.info August 23 2017

US fears nuclear armament race in Asia-Pacific: Australia

August 23 2017, 11:13 | Irvin Gilbert

In the presence of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the issue of North Korea's growing nuclear and ballistic missile threats is also likely to be high on the agenda. "It's a world problem and it will be solved".

Kazuhiro Araki, professor at Takushoku University's Institute of World Studies, said pressure from G-7 nations alone will not lead to a resolution without action from China.

Washington says it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea if it halts its nuclear and missile tests, but it has also warned that military intervention was an option, sending fears of conflict spiralling. "You can bet on that", Trump told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit in Taormina, Italy, Reuters and other news outlets reported.

G7 leaders from Germany, Canada, the US, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom were meeting for a two-day summit in Sicily.

Pyongyang has carried out repeated missile tests in the past year, prompting an array of countries to demand tougher economic sanctions to push the isolated country toward dismantling its weapons programs.

In a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea Korea last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on states to to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang and place a ban on North Korean imports, saying that the "failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences".

More encouragingly, the North's main trade partner and ally China appeared to be getting onside with the global community, she added in a separate interview with radio station 2GB. "We will be discussing terrorism, but I think we will really in particular be focused on the North Korea problem", Trump said.

US officials said Sunday that North Korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile test that landed in the Sea of Japan.

People watch a screen showing news coverage of the Pukguksong-2 missile rocket launch at a public square in central Pyongyang on May 22, 2017.

China is said to be urging North Korea to exercise restraint, but has been reluctant to adopt strong sanctions that could lead to the collapse of the Kim Jong Un regime.

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