Fischer to Trump: Don't stop S. Korea trade

When asked whether he would take military action against North Korea, Trump said military action is "not our first choice", adding: "We will see what happens". Trump's comments came during his telephonic conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to discuss the situation in the Korean Peninsula after North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date. North Korea says it needs to develop its weapons to defend itself against what it sees as USA aggression.

The statement by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, senior Democrat Richard Neal and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and senior Democrat Ron Wyden said the trade pact is a central element of the US-South Korean alliance.

'I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100 per cent...

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has spoken with US President Donald Trump in a scheduled phone call.

Putin echoed other world leaders in denouncing North Korea's latest nuclear bomb test on Sunday, but added no headway could be made without political and diplomatic tools. We ll see whether or not he can do it.

The United States hopes to negotiate amendments to its free trade agreement with South Korea, Washington's top trade official was quoted as saying Tuesday, as President Donald Trump weighed a withdrawal from the deal.

THAAD launchers set for deployment amid protests
A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers, but only two have been operational so far at the site in rural Seongju. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution.

Putin denounced North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear bomb test on Sunday, saying Russian Federation did not recognize its nuclear status.

Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council could consider banning North Korean textile exports, barring its airline or stopping supplies of oil to the government and military.

Turnbull said he concluded after recent discussions with the leaders of Japan, Indonesia as well as Trump that: "Everybody wants to get this dangerous situation resolved, bring this reckless, dangerous, provocative regime to its senses without conflict".

Lavrov also said Moscow is "willing to consider" a US draft resolution condemning North Korea's nuclear test submitted to the U.N. Security Council if its stance opposing a military response is taken into account.

"We're going to see what happens".

The president's remark is likely to stir new worries, however, that Trump is actually considering military action. The U.S. military said the four remaining Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries would be deployed on a golf course in the south of the country on Thursday.

  • Marjorie Miles