Pyongyang has ordered an army takeover of an industrial complex run jointly with South Korea. This comes after Seoul pulled South Korean workers off the project in response to a recent long-range rocket launch and nuclear tests by the North.
After US President Donald Trump's address to the UN National Assembly, there is renewed confusion over what direction the US will take in developing a coherent strategy against the regime in Pyongyang.
With the UN General Assembly set to focus strongly on North Korea and its recent nuclear tests, Russia and China have called for a "peaceful resolution" with the pariah state. They suggested a "dual track" approach.
North Korea defied the international community yet again with its latest missile test on Friday. US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in want to up the ante against Pyongyang.
The United States is pushing for diplomacy with North Korea, but has said it has "many" military options against Pyongyang. While pledging to work with China, it has hinted at tactics that would not put Seoul at risk.
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