South Korea watches for North Korea missile test

Aaron Brown
September 9, 2017

A Gallup Korea survey released on Friday found 58 per cent of South Koreans felt there was no possibility North Korea would cause a war, while 37 per cent said they thought it would.

In 2007, 51 percent of respondents said they expected a war, while 45 percent did not-also a much lower percentage than when the poll was first conducted, in 1992.

China is by far North Korea's biggest trading partner, accounting for 92 percent of two-way trade previous year.

North Korea says it needs its weapons to protect itself from US aggression and regularly threatens to destroy the United States.

Threatening to unleash military offence against the Jong-un regime, Trump on Thursday said, "Military action would certainly be an option". Is it inevitable? Nothing is inevitable, but it'd be great if something else could be worked out.

U.S. President Donald Trump has urged China to do more to rein in its neighbor, which has pursued its weapons programs in defiance of United Nations sanctions and global condemnation.

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South Korean officials say THAAD will strengthen the country's missile defences, which now rely on Patriot-based systems, and will deter North Korea, which has missiles that can be fired from road-mobile launchers or submarines. "All opposing sides have enough common sense" to avoid it, he said, speaking alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Eastern Economic Forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on Thursday.

Washington and Seoul began deploying THAAD before a conservative South Korean government was ousted in a corruption scandal.

The approval rating for the main opposition Liberty Korea Party advanced 4 percentage points to 12 percent in the same period. "Defense authorities should also consider ways to nullify the North's missile capabilities through cyber attacks or interference by electromagnetic pulses".

A convoy of United States military trucks carrying four launchers for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system made their way through an activists' blockade at a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju.

In the face of a hydrogen bomb, conventional weapons are literally useless.

Last year, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on the September 9 anniversary, and South Korean officials - namely Eugene Lee, spokeswoman for Seoul's Unification Ministry - are warning that they could potentially make another display of their military hardware this year.

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