Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

'Sad day' for North Korea if military attacks

'Sad day' for North Korea if military attacks

An unannounced missile heading toward the USA mainland from North Korea could cause a nuclear retaliation, so Pyongyang would most likely try to aim the missile elsewhere.

Despite pessimism about talks, a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity said there was a chance that economic pressure, especially from China, combined with an agreement to negotiate could convince Pyongyang to limit its nuclear arsenal or even sign the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.

He said the United Nations should take "necessary measures", but added that sanctions and pressure should spur dialogue and negotiation between the sides toward the goal of a peaceful solution on the Korean Peninsula.

Even as the tests drew global condemnation, this was clearly a response to Mr. Trump's sabre-rattling rhetoric claiming that the US would rain "fire and fury" over the country and implying that its nuclear weapons were "locked and loaded" to respond to any threat from North Korea. It also exports 200,000 tonnes of oil products, according to United Nations data.

US President Donald Trump has urged China to do more to rein in its neighbor, which was typically defiant on Thursday.

South Korea says it expects another North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on September 9, as the country marks the anniversary of its founding.

Trump has said that if the USA uses military force on North Korea it will be a sad day for the state.

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in, who is in favour of talks, has now accepted the U.S.'s missile defence system, THAAD, which is opposed locally by many South Koreans.

Diplomats gathering for a UNSC emergency session on Monday said the global community was running out of patience at what they called North Korea's increasing provocations.

"For some reason with North Korea we have a big issue", Rodman said.

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But he said he believed North Korea's leadership feared that any freeze of its nuclear program would be followed by what amounted to "an invitation to the cemetery".

The poverty-stricken but belligerent nation followed up its sixth and largest nuclear test with words that USA military planners can't afford to ignore.

"What I do want to ask you is, as president of the United States, would you tolerate a nuclearized North Korea that is contained and deterred, but still nuclear?"

Afterward, some other officials advanced that further, saying intelligence assessments determined it was "possible" that North Korea had tested a hydrogen bomb.

But neither side appears willing to budge.

North Korea released photos of Kim Jong Un touring a missile plant as if to prove doubters wrong.

Putin said he and Abe decisively condemned North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile that flew over Japan last week.

In a sign of the worldwide stakes over Pyongyang's latest test, China said on Thursday that it had lodged a diplomatic protest with South Korea following its announcement that it would increase deployments of a USA anti-missile system. Two launchers have been operational at the site since May.

Six police officers and 32 other people were injured, none seriously, in the clashes, said a fire department official in Seongju. Beijing lodged a formal protest with Seoul Thursday over the added THAAD components.

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