Rex Tillerson: Trump 'ultimately' decides North Korea military response

23 September, 2017, 16:42 | Author: Christian Benson
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This would be in response to US President Donald Trump's threats of military action, Ri said.

Mr Trump on Thursday signed a new order boosting sanctions against North Korea, where the U.S. treasury would target firms and financial institutions doing business with Pyongyang. He said in a telephone interview that the North likely would do a couple of trial runs with unarmed missiles in coming months before performing the test with an actual H-bomb aboard. North Korea hinted that it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

Mr Trump also met with the leaders of South Korea and Japan, two American allies who have been threatened by North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

"Moscow still calls on all interested parties to display restraint so as not to provoke this escalation even further", Peskov said, reiterating Russia's position that the problem surrounding the North's nuclear programme should be settled through negotiations only.

Kim said Trump's comments were reflective of "mentally deranged behavior".

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He said Trump's remarks "have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last". "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire", Kim said.

"There are good reasons why nuclear weapons and nuclear missiles are usually tested separately".

Asked by reporters what Kim might have meant by the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure", The New York Times reported that North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said that only Kim would know, but that he thought the North might be considering the largest test of a hydrogen bomb ever in the Pacific Ocean, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap. Yet it is still South Korea, and its capital Seoul close to the heavily militarized frontier with the North, that faces the greatest immediate risk in a military conflict.

President Trump once again mocked Kim Jong-un on Friday night calling the North Korean leader "little Rocket Man" during a campaign rally for Alabama Senator Luther Strange.

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For North Korea, the threats to overturn of the social system and "regime change" have always been in their comfort zone, as they did not expect a USA president to actually act militarily against them.

South Korea said it was the first direct statement of its kind by a North Korean leader.

Media captionHow would war with North Korea unfold?

Some analysts saw a clear sign that North Korea will ramp up its already brisk pace of weapons testing, which has included missiles meant to target US forces throughout Asia and on the USA mainland. The wayward regime fired intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) twice in July.

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