Responding to North Korea's proposal to hold talks, South Korea suggested the countries hold a ministerial-level dialogue next week in Seoul and called on the North to reopen communications channels.
The Russian statements are aimed at the US and NATO. Various Russian leaders have declared Russia will not allow Syria to go the path of Libya, in which NATO intervention began with a no-fly zone.
The message was that North Korea should follow China's development model and stop making trouble.
Thousands of US and South Korean troops are taking part in a joint military drill. North Korea denounced the exercise, calling it a war practice drill.
North Koreans scientists and technicians have had the opportunity and fissile material to work on machining plutonium since at least 1993. If Pakistan can machine fissile material to make a warhead then the North Koreans, inferentially, can because North Koreans worked at Khan Labs for years after the 1998 Pakistani nuclear test to develop warheads for the Ghauri missile, also made by Khan Labs.
The Second Korean War began as Kim Jong Un smiled while the elderly clique of generals who had frustrated him with their cowardly advice and feeble half-measures filed into the Central Committee’s grand conference room.
"If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you," said Calvin Coolidge, who ever counseled patience over the rash response.
The US Army's 23rd Chemical Battalion demonstrated its skills during a drill in South Korea. 250 US soldiers from the battalion are now being deployed to South Korea. The battalion was moved from South Korea to the US in 2004.
Seoul says North Korea is refusing to allow South Korean workers to enter a jointly-run factory park just across the border in North Korea.