60% of S. Koreans Support Idea of S. Korea Having Nukes

Marco Green
September 14, 2017

North Korea has ratcheted up global tension and fear with its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday, but South Koreans feel increasingly doubtful it would start a war, a poll showed on Friday. The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang also provides consular services for the United States, Australia and Canada.

Dozens of people were injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police Thursday as the USA military added more launchers to the high-tech missile-defense system it installed in a southern town to better cope with North Korean threats.

Two truck-mounted launchers and a powerful X-band radar are in operation at the former golf course.

At least 38 people were injured, local officials told the AP.

China and Russian Federation have fiercely protested the Korean government's decision to allow the USA deployment of the advanced antimissile system, complaining that its powerful radar can be used to spy on their territories.

That rollout was "temporarily" completed on Thursday, a spokesman for South Korea's defence ministry said, adding it was necessary to counter increased threats from North Korea.

The French presidency says Macron on Friday had an intensive exchange of views by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping, given the "major role" his country plays in the crisis.

China hopes North Korea will "see the situation clearly and come to the right judgment and choice", Wang said.

The poll also found that 60 per cent of those surveyed believed South Korea should arm itself with nuclear weapons while 35 per cent disagreed.

There would be massive military response if Kim Jong-un carried out his threats, he said.

"We can not allow that kind of brinkmanship to succeed", she told the Seoul Defense Dialogue.

"We are relying on the Korea national police to clear the way" when it comes to the move, a USFK official said. The trade issue is unrelated to North Korea but has been a source of tension between the two allies.

On Thursday morning, South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo in Vladivostok where they are attending the Eastern Economic Forum, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Defence Minister Marise Payne is in Seoul for high-level security talks on Thursday including a meeting with U.S. commander General Vincent Brooks.

The United States has already banned Americans from traveling to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old college student from OH who was released from North Korea in June in a coma after being detained there for more than a year.

South Korean marines take part in a military exercise on South Korea's Baengnyeong Island, near the disputed sea border with the north, September 7, 2017.

North Korea says it needs to develop weapons to protect itself against United States aggression.

South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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