Published: Mon, May 01, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Sandra Brady

North Korea continues testing missiles


The drill, which is expected to last through next week, will focus on monitoring, tracing, and intercepting any intercontinental ballistic missiles that could be potentially launched by North Korea, Yonhap reports. But when asked by host John Dickerson if he would consider military action in response to another nuclear test, Trump responded: "I don't know".

Kim reiterated North Korea's longstanding contention that its nuclear program "is the product of the United States hostile policy towards DPRK".

"The nuclear force of the DPRK just serves as a treasured sword of justice and creditable war deterrent to protect the sovereignty and dignity of the country and global peace from the U.S. threat to ignite a nuclear war", Kim said.

Chris Coons slammed President Donald Trump's tweet Saturday about North Korea's latest missile test, saying Twitter is no place to conduct diplomacy.

South Korea's military said North Korea fired a missile from an area near the capital of Pyongyang on Saturday. "He also said that the USA will be with S.K. 100 percent", the presidential office spokesperson said.

Pressed on whether that meant military action, Trump said, "You'll soon find out". Dave Benham, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command.

North Korea has attempted at least nine missile launches on six occasions since Trump was inaugurated in January.

"Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary", he said.

Military options for dealing with the North were still "on the table", Tillerson warned in his first address to the United Nations body.

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North Korea also recently conducted large-scale, live-fire exercises on its eastern coast as the US and South Korea were conducting drills in the Yellow Sea.

He called for the full implementation of sanctions, suspension or a downgrading of diplomatic relations because Pyongyang "exploits its diplomatic privileges to fund its illicit nuclear and missile technology programs".

The US kicked off joint naval exercises with South Korea as the US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Carl Vinson entered the Sea of Japan through the Tsusima Strait.

Moon has advocated a more moderate policy on the North and been critical of the deployment of an advanced US missile defense system in the South meant to counter North Korea's missile threat, which China also strongly objects to.

"We urge the DPRK to stop its nuclear and missile development activities, come back to its commitment of denuclearization and honor its denuclearization obligations", he said. "In a nutshell, DPRK have already declared not to attend any type of talks which would discuss its nuclear abandonment, nuclear disbandment", he said, using the acronym for the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "It is aimed at deterring North Korea's provocations and strengthening the military readiness of the Korea-US alliance", the South Korean Navy said.

White House officials said Trump was briefed as Air Force One returned to Maryland from Atlanta, where the President earlier addressed a meeting of the National Rifle Association.

With North Korea acting in defiance of the pressure, the United States could conduct new naval drills and deploy more ships and aircraft in the region, a US official told Reuters.

He noted that "we need to act now to prevent conflict and achieve sustainable peace".

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