China rejects threats as solution for North Korea nuclear crisis

United Kingdom U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft left listens as United States U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley right respond to Russia's statements during United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea's latest launch of an intercontinent

United Kingdom U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft left listens as United States U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley right respond to Russia's statements during United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea's latest launch of an intercontinent

"We greatly appreciate President Trump's approach to changing North Korea's policy stance, denuclearising the country and calling on the worldwide community, including China and Russian Federation, for their cooperation toward strengthening pressure on North Korea", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the situation on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and could not be allowed to spin out of control. From left, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The United States has "many" military options against North Korea, including some that don't put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. The United States also conducted Joint Air Force exercises with South Korea.

In the new executive order, Trump called the practice of providing resources to North Korea "disgraceful".

Trump made the announcement Thursday during a working luncheon with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Earlier this month, North Korea tested what it described as a thermonuclear weapon suitable for mounting on an intercontinental ballistic missile. Asked whether he was saying the president will strike if Kim doesn't end his nuclear program, McMaster said, "he's been very clear about that, that all options are on the table". Trump spoke by phone with Xi on Monday and praised the leader during multiple sets of remarks here on Thursday for the banking moves, which were reported by Reuters.

Moon praised Trump's bellicose speech to the United Nations about the threat, saying the USA had "responded in a very good way".

"CNN: "Japan split over how to deal with North Korean missile launches - "... underneath the calm exterior, Friday's launch has widened a growing fault line in the ideological war over how Japan should deal with the North Korean threat to the region".

US flies powerful warplanes amid standoff with North Korea
On Friday, in a significant show of defiance to the worldwide community, North Korea fired another ballistic missile over Japan. Several Pentagon officials say Mattis was not signaling that tactical nuclear weapons are likely to be placed in South Korea.

He said "a security guarantee other than the nuclear bomb" is needed for North Korea and pointed to Cold War detente as an example.

His opponent during last year's election, Hillary Clinton, took criticism for referring to Trump's supporters as belonging in "a basket of deplorables".

South Korea officially played them down, while some politicians anxious that Trump's words signalled a loss of influence for Seoul.

"The mentally deranged behavior of the USA president openly expressing on the United Nations arena the unethical will to "totally destroy" a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure", Kim said in a statement released Friday morning on North Korean media.

In his first address to United Nations, US President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with total destruction if it attacks the US or its allies.

Pyongyang has warned the United States and South Korea that ground and bombing drills by the two allies could spark a nuclear war.

Trump spoke Thursday at a meeting in NY with the president of Afghanistan.

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