Military drills bracket North Korea

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Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang (陸慷) said the most pressing task was for all parties to fully enforce the latest United Nations resolutions on the North, rather than "deliberately complicating the issue". The launcher was intact even after the test-fire, suggesting the North has significantly improved its missile tech.

North Korean said it will complete its nuclear program in the face of heightened United Nations sanctions after the isolated nation on Friday fired a second intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Monday's edition of the Bild daily that the world should wait for sanctions to bite, but "visions and courageous steps" also are needed.

Military options against North Korea have always raised fears about the vulnerability of Seoul, which analysts believe would be wiped out by Pyongyang's conventional artillery if the United States ever made a pre-emptive strike on North Korea.

The chairman of the U.S. Senate's East Asia subcommittee is asking China and 20 other nations on Monday to clamp down on North Korea by cutting ties, closing down diplomatic facilities and working to oust the country from the United Nations.

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Independent analyst Zhao Chu, meanwhile, is less sanguine about the prospect of talking Pyongyang out of its nukes.

Instead, he said, the global community should strictly implement the sanctions imposed on North Korea by the U.N. Security Council. "Giving the sanctions time to bite is the best way to make Pyongyang reconsider", the newspaper said.

Washington has also asked China to do more to rein in its neighbour and ally, while Beijing has urged the United States to refrain from making threats against the North. The statement of the Chinese agency does not indicate that the teachings are related to North Korea.

The Blue House has brushed off rumors that the allies were discussing the issue behind the scenes, saying Seoul had no intention to deploy tactical nuclear weapons because doing so would undermine its call for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. Sanctions are not "a tool for stifling the regime", it said.

"I think we should take a pragmatic attitude and tolerate a nuclear North Korea", Zhao concludes. "Because they had no better options". China facilitates about 90 percent of North Korea's trade and provides its oil supplies.

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