Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Malaysia to settle its problem with North Korea, says Dr M | Malaysia

Malaysia to settle its problem with North Korea, says Dr M | Malaysia

The allies struggled to reach a breakthrough despite 10 rounds of talks since March, amid Trump's repeated calls for a sharp increase in South Korea's contribution.

The new deal must still be approved by South Korea's parliament, but it would boost its contribution to 1.03 trillion won (687.68 million pounds) from 960 billion won in 2018.

About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea, where the United States has maintained a military presence since the 1950-53 Korean War.

General Robert Abrams, the new head of US Forces Korea, said last year's summit between the two leaders had helped reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula, but had not led to substantive changes.

"Our analysis of open-source imagery of the Yongbyon complex led us to estimate they may have added sufficient plutonium and highly-enriched uranium for an additional five to seven nuclear weapons", says study co-author Siegfried Hecker, who estimated that North Korea made enough nuclear fuel in 2017 to build about 30 warheads.

Seoul contributed around 960 billion won past year - more than 40 percent of the total bill - financing the construction of American military facilities and paying South Korean civilians working on U.S. bases.

Last month, US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress he believed it was unlikely North Korea would give up all its nuclear weapons and that it had continued activity inconsistent with pledges to denuclearize.

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He said: " I don't think we are very far off the top four now ". "We will challenge for the title next season if we carry on how we are now", said the 26-year-old.

"That action would significantly undermine regional security and our ability to fulfill our treaty obligations to South Korea", said Reed, the top Democrat on the committee.

The production came in spite of nuclear talks with the USA led by the historic summit in Singapore last June.

The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea has said he has seen "little to no verifiable change" in North Korea's military capabilities, just weeks away from a second summit between Donald Trump and regime leader Kim Jong-un.

In order for Pyongyang to have any chance at hosting, North Korea will have to show a willingness to break down their nuclear program, in which President Donald Trump's summit in Hanoi at the end of the month with Kim Jong-Un will be vital.

United States Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines have been stationed in South Korea for over half a century, and the requirement for a robust alliance has never been greater.

After the June meeting, Trump announced a halt to joint military exercises with South Korea, saying they were expensive and paid for mostly by the United States. US intelligence is not certain how many nuclear warheads North Korea has.

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