USA sends supersonic bombers in show of force against N.Korea

Concerns about the detained South Koreans, including three missionaries, have risen after the death of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released last week after 17 months of detention in the North.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, center, attends a ceremony.

"We strongly condemn the North's continued attempts at penetrating the South with drones and once again, demand all acts of provocation are halted", he said during the briefing. Add to that corruption scandals over state nuclear energy agencies during the last few years and public unease over several earthquakes in South Korea in 2016, since an quake sparked the Fukushima meltdown. Trump has also stated that both Seoul and Tokyo should develop and deploy their own nuclear weapons to defend themselves if they are not willing to pay for a United States military deterrent based in Japan and South Korea.

Seoul's military said it was beefing up the country's defence against potential spying activities - or even future attacks - by North Korean drones, adding more border surveillance radars and anti-aircraft guns to shoot down drones. To ensure safety of nuclear reactors, the independent Nuclear Safety and Security Commission will come under the presidential office, he said.

A man watches the Seoul skyline covered with a thick haze at Seoul Tower's observation deck in Seoul, South Korea. "But we should focus on consoling the death of Warmbier now".

Meanwhile, a coroner's office in OH is investigating the death of Warmbier.

It came as the travel agency that organised Warmbier's North Korea says it will no longer take U.S. citizens to the country.

Warmbier died in OH on Monday, days after being released by North Korea while in a coma. However, Lee said since that interview, the health status or any other information about them has not been determined.

Mr Warmbier's parents did not state a specific cause of death, but cited "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

President Moon Jae-in has expressed his personal condolences to the family of US citizen Otto Warmbier, South Korea's presidential office said on Tuesday. "What I talked about [with] the South Korean media people is [that] the immediate goal of our efforts should be freezing North Korean nuclear and missile activities, and in return we could scale down our joint military exercises and training", Moon explained at an Asia Society seminar in Manhattan on June 19 on the topic "Crisis on the Peninsula: Implications for the US-Korean Alliance".

He said that while "we can not know for sure that North Korea killed Mr Warmbier".

  • Leroy Wright