Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Donald Trump may visit demilitarised zone during first trip to South Korea

Donald Trump may visit demilitarised zone during first trip to South Korea

The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defence officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea.

The two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.

But in 2008, in the early hours of a July morning, a North Korean soldier shot dead a 53-year-old South Korean woman who had wandered across a forbidden line into a military area.

Meanwhile, South Korea has allegedly been working to boost its cyberdefence and is believed to have adopted high-tech options in responding to threats from rival North.

Also, a top Central Intelligence Agency official for the Korean Peninsula, said that the United States was expecting some new provocation from Kim on October 10.

"There is a continued influx (into South Korean treasury bonds) from many central banks as they retain a stable outlook on South Korea's economic fundamentals and credit rating", Park Seong-dong, director general of the treasury bureau at the ministry told Reuters in an email interview.

The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea and also include reports to the allies' senior commanders, Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker was quoted as saying BBC Tuesday.

Last week, the North Korea propaganda web site Meari indicated operations have resumed at the Kaesong facility, and another propaganda web site, Uriminzokkiri posted a comment saying, "It is nobody's business what we do in an industrial complex where our nation's sovereignty is exercised".

It came days after he said that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that "only one thing will work".

North Korea has vowed not to back off, and outside analysts say it is a matter of time until it achieves its long-stated goal of possessing nuclear missiles capable of striking anywhere in the mainland United States.

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"War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions".

However an official with the current pro-engagement administration of President Moon Jae-in has said there is no evidence that North Korea diverted Kaesong wages to its weapons programs.

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