Jim Mattis refutes claims over differences with Donald Trump on North Korea

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Whenever such joint exercises take place, North Korea accuses the South and the United States of preparing for an invasion and often conducts its own military exercises and missile tests.

Japan has been urging Washington to propose new Security Council sanctions, which diplomats said could target North Korean laborers working overseas, oil supplies and textile exports. I didn't contradict anything the president said.

Pyongyang has also threatened to fire rockets towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Neither Mattis nor Song would address possible deployments of USA military equipment.

Le Drian called on Pyongyang to "return to the path of negotiations" in a bid to ease tensions.

North Korea has made no secret of its intention to develop a nuclear-tipped missile to fire at the United States and has recently threatened the U.S. territory of Guam.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan early Tuesday, warning afterward that it was a first step in having a "Pacific operation".

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The Russian-Chinese initiative of "double freezing", put forward by the Russian and Chinese foreign ministers on July 4, is created to cease any missile launches and nuclear tests by Pyongyang, as well as large-scale military exercises by Washington and Seoul.

Bannon, who quickly returned to his role in charge of the right-wing Breitbart News, said there was no realistic way such action could be taken because of the large-scale bloodshed and devastation it would unleash on next-door South Korea, as well as on American military forces stationed in South Korea, Japan and Guam. More missile tests, more bomber flyovers and three angry armies facing each other across the world's most heavily armed border raises the possibility that a miscalculation could lead to real fighting. -South Korea military exercises focused mainly on computer simulations.

This is unlikely to affect North Korea, says Joel S. Wit, a senior fellow at the U.S. -Korea Institute at SAIS and senior research fellow at the Columbia University Weatherhead Institute for East Asian Studies.

So the question is whether North Korea will put some checks on itself as it seeks to expand its weapons tests in the Pacific.

"I'll do my best to call it like I see it, but right now if I say "six" and the president says 'half a dozen, ' they're going to say I disagree with him, so let's just get over that", he told reporters at the Pentagon.

The New York Times reports that this is the first time a North Korean missile was launched over Japan since 2009.

Won Kyu-wang, a 49-year-old office worker in Goyang, west of Seoul, said that he is not anxious because the North's provocations appear to ultimately target the US, not the South, and mostly aim to raise the stakes in future nuclear negotiations with the U.S. Some experts believe the next North Korean launches will be bolder unless Washington makes serious concessions. -South Korean war games.

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