Trump Promises "Fire And Fury" For North Korea

09 August, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Tillerson: US Willing to Talk to North Korea If Missile Tests Stop

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", warned Mr. Trump from his "working vacation" in New Jersey.

Speaking at the ASEAN Regional Forum on Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho blamed the USA for the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and said Pyongyang's "possession of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles is a legitimate option for self-defense in the face of a clear and real nuclear threat posed by the United States", according to a statement.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear programme. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that the US was not demanding regime change and was willing to talk with Pyongyang - if the North agrees to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang's statement said the sanctions were caused by a "heinous USA plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea.

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Military options include launching a "preventative war" against North Korea, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster has said.

Asked about the report Tuesday morning on Fox, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said she couldn't comment.

The new sanctions are the toughest yet, potentially cutting off a third of North Korea's exports and undermining the country's stabilizing economy.

The Post story, citing unnamed U.S. intelligence officials, said the confidential analysis was completed last month by the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency.

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Separately, Japan's defense ministry assessed in a report on Tuesday that it is possible that North Korea has achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons and has developed nuclear warheads.

Ken Gause, a North Korea expert who is director of the International Affairs Group at CNA Corp., was cautious to embrace the assessment. The Trump administration, which ostentatiously announced this year that it was ending the Obama administration's policy of "strategic patience", now seems willing to wait for at least some period of time to see if the new sanctions lead North Korea to reconsider that position. We must be tough & decisive!'

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted, "After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea".

In a Twitter post, Trump said he was "very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote" on the sanctions.

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