Japan's Abe calls for enforcement of sanctions against North Korea

22 September, 2017, 15:35 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Keeping watch at the border between North Korea and China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about keeping pressure on North Korea using economic sanctions imposed through the United Nations, the White House said on Monday.

"As North Korea continues its illegal nuclear weapons program, commits blatant violations of worldwide law, and makes threats to our country and allies, the confirmation of a USA ambassador to the Republic of Korea must be prioritized", the letter said.

Asked if that meant Trump would launch a military strike against North Korea, McMaster said, "He's been very clear about that, that all options are on the table".

More worryingly, a direct attack would risk igniting a devastating war on the Korean peninsula that might include the exchange of thermonuclear weapons, even Kim firing a salvo of nuclear weapons at the continental U.S.in desperation.

North Korea is expected to be a main talking point at the UN General Assembly in NY this week.

The North launched its latest missile as it protested against tough new United Nations sanctions over its sixth nuclear test on September 3.

Monday's flyovers came three days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in apparent defiance of US -led global pressure on the country.

Following the test, Spain had announced it would expel the North Korean ambassador in Madrid, becoming the fourth country to close North Korea's foreign mission, increasing Pyongyang's growing isolation by the worldwide community. The agency did not link the exercise, which follows an earlier joint drill in July, with the North Korea issue.

Japan deployed Tuesday an additional missile defence system on its northern island of Hokkaido, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island, sparking emergency warnings to take cover.

"I am confident the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be a great success as long as you are with us", he said.

South Korea and the United States say THAAD is needed to defend against the threat of North Korea, but China says it will do nothing to reduce tension and its powerful radar system threatens the country's security. He wouldn't say, but he did let slip one interesting comment. "Japan's territory - that would elicit a different response from us".

"We have economically strangled North Korea at this point, and they have said as much", she said.

State media on Saturday quoted Kim as saying that North Korea's final goal "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option" for the North.

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