Tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest in decades. It's not only a standoff between Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang. The conflict is polarizing South Korea, where some see the US defense missile system THAAD as part of the problem.
The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul's military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date.
Pyongyang has said that the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula was now a matter of "when," rather than "if." North Korea's Foreign Ministry condemned drills by the South Korean and US militaries.
During the construction of Camp Humphreys, the largest US military base on foreign soil, a South Korean conglomerate is reported to have paid nearly $3 million in bribes in order to gain lucrative contracts.
At a time when the United States is calling for more restrictions on fuel exports to North Korea, Russia may be attempting to avoid the total collapse of the regime in Pyongyang. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
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