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Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Japan, US defense chiefs agree on "visible" pressure on North Korea

Japan, US defense chiefs agree on

Allowing South Korea to have longer range missiles could put pressure on China to exert influence over North Korea, Schuster said, because the Chinese will see that as creating a potential threat to them, too.

The two leaders spoke over the phone for the second consecutive day after the North fired a ballistic missile Tuesday that flew over Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido and dropped into the Pacific Ocean.

"The US and Japan have mobilised all their intelligence assets for 24-hour surveillance on us but failed to detect the launch time and place of our ballistic missiles", it added.

PARIS France's foreign minister warned on Friday that North Korea could have the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the United States and even Europe "within months".

Saying he held two telephone conversations with his USA counterpart H.R. McMaster before and after Seoul's NSC meeting Sunday, Chung said the top security advisers of the two allies agreed to arrange a telephone conversation between their leaders in the near future to discuss the countries' joint efforts to rein in North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile technologies.

The 1979 guideline was last amended five years ago to extend the allowed range of South Korean ballistic missiles to nearly 500 miles and increase their payload to 1,100 pounds.

Seoul and Washing have now agreed to revise an agreement which dictate the range and payload of missiles used by South Korea.

The Missile Defense Agency says in a news release it and U.S. Navy sailors shot down the test missile aboard the USS John Paul Jones using the Standard-Missile-6 guided missiles.

"The reason they want it, I think, is they want to be able to either respond to North Korean provocation or they want North Korea to be aware that they have the capability to respond if North Korea goes too far", said Schuster, now a Hawaii Pacific University professor.

The revelations come amid murmurs the United States could deploy nuclear weapons to tackle North Korea. There is no proper way out.

Chung earlier said the government will review all diplomatic solutions, including a fresh UNSC resolution, "to completely isolate North Korea" and make North Korea give up its nuclear development program in a complete, verifiable and irreversible way.

"The two leaders agreed to the principle of revising the missile guideline to a level desired by South Korea, sharing the view that it was necessary to strengthen South Korea's defence capabilities in response to North Korea's provocations and threats", South Korea's presidential Blue House said.

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