Saturday, 20 January, 2018

North Korea Says Sanctions Will Only Speed Up Nuclear Programme

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown municipal airport for a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster ahead of next week's United Nations General Assembly New Jersey U.S President Trump arrives at Morristown municipal airport Thomson Reuters
Melinda Barton | 20 September, 2017, 02:44

Trump has also not ruled out a military option, which could leave millions of people in the South Korean capital - and 28 500 United States soldiers stationed in the South - vulnerable to potential retaliatory attack.

Seoul's Defence Ministry said that the two B-1Bs and four F-35Bs from the USA conducted drills with four South Korean F-15K fighter jets.

The United States, on the other hand, displayed far less patience after UN envoy Nikki Haley highlighted the Security Council's failure to control North Korea and stated that including the Pentagon is a likely next step.

"As long as the USA and other Western countries, their allies and neighbors of North Korea - South Korea, Japan and other regional countries - leave open the possibility of external interference and toppling the current regime there, unfortunately North Korea and its authorities will continue implementing its nuclear program", said Kosachev, who chairs Russia's Federation Council (upper house of parliament) International Affairs Committee.

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North Korea's commerce with China, its main ally, was partially responsible for an estimated economic growth of 3.9% previous year, Bloomberg News Agency reports.

Last week, following North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan, the UN security council slapped the nation with fresh new sanctions, placing an export ban on textiles, freezing work permits to North Korean guest workers and placing a limit on oil supplies. "Too bad!" wrote Trump on his Twitter account on Sunday.

Pressed on whether that might include so-called "kinetic" options that use lethal force, Mattis said: "I don't want to go into that".

"The president's public remarks have been off. "Rocket Man" [is] probably not the best things to say even to a brutal leader like Kim Jong Un", Burns added in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box".

A sixth nuclear test was also conducted earlier this month, when Kim Jong-Un's tyrannical regime tested what it termed a hydrogen bomb many times more powerful than its previous device.

"The bottom line is that in the missiles, were they to be a threat, whether it be the U.S. territory Guam, obviously Japan, Japan's territory, that would elicit a different response from us", he said.