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USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific Worries United States

USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific Worries United States

The latest round of rhetoric began on Tuesday when Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, made the threat to destroy North Korea, a country of 26 million people. He also called Kim a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

“His 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,” Kim said in the statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency on Friday, promising to make Trump “pay dearly for his speech.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific, He Calls Trump ‘Mentally Deranged’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific, He Calls Trump ‘Mentally Deranged’

Kim Jong Un said the North would consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States and that Trump’s comments had confirmed his own nuclear programme was “the correct path”. Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sept. 3 and has launched dozens of missiles this year as it accelerates a programme aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” Kim Jong Un said in the statement carried by the KCNA state news agency.

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USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

Unless North Korea backs down, U.S. President Donald Trump said, “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.”

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

Kim Jong Un was shown beaming as he watched the missile fly from a moving launcher in photos released by the agency, surrounded by several officials.

“The combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified,” said Kim Jong Un as quoted by KCNA. Kim added the North’s goal of completing its nuclear force had “nearly reached the terminal”.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Threatens to Reduce US to ‘Ashes and Darkness’, ‘Sink’ Japan

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Threatens to Reduce US to ‘Ashes and Darkness’, ‘Sink’ Japan

The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously on a U.S.-drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions on Monday in response, banning North Korea’s textile exports that are the second largest only to coal and mineral, and capping fuel supplies. The North reacted to the latest action by the Security Council, which had the backing of veto-holding China and Russia, by reiterating threats to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.

“Let’s reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness. Let’s vent our spite with mobilization of all retaliation means which have been prepared till now,” the statement said.

“The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” the committee said in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: The North Korean Nuclear ‘Crisis’ is an Illusion

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: The North Korean Nuclear ‘Crisis’ is an Illusion

North Korea is a tiny, impoverished country that would be instantly vaporized if it ever launched a serious attack on the United States, and so the probability of such an attack is vanishingly small. Absent a media environment that encourages a perception of crisis, the likelihood of an American preemptive attack is equally small.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Holds Celebration Bash, Fetes Nuclear Scientists

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Holds Celebration Bash, Fetes Nuclear Scientists

KCNA said on Sunday the scientists and technicians “brought the great auspicious event of the national history, an extra-large event through the perfect success in the test of H-bomb”.

Kim praised the developers in his own remarks as “taking the lead” in attaining the “final goal of completing the state nuclear force” in line with his parallel pursuit of nuclear and economic development.

“The recent test of the H-bomb is the great victory won by the Korean people at the cost of their blood while tightening their belts in the arduous period,” Kim was quoted as saying.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

The survey found that 58 percent of those questioned felt there was no possibility North Korea would cause a war, while only 37 percent thought it could. In 2007, 51 percent of respondents said they expected a war, while 45 percent did not.

Trump has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea and on Thursday said he would prefer not to use military action, but if he did, it would be a “very sad day” for North Korea.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Doubts Grow as North Korea Warns of ‘Gift Packages’ for United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Doubts Grow as North Korea Warns of ‘Gift Packages’ for United States

Sanctions have done little to stop North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with U.S. President Donald Trump who has vowed to stop Pyongyang from being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon.

Han Tae Song, ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said, “The U.S. will receive more ‘gift packages’ from my country as long as its relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of “begging for war” with a series of nuclear bomb and missile tests. She urged the 15-member Security Council to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him and shut down his trading partners.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin: North Korea Sanctions ‘Useless’ and ‘Ineffective’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin: North Korea Sanctions ‘Useless’ and ‘Ineffective’

On Sunday, Donald Trump tweeted that the US was considering stopping all trade with countries that do business with North Korea, prompting a stern response from China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Monday any such move would be unfair and unacceptable but added on Tuesday that the use of military force to resolve issues on the Korean peninsula was never an option.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing’s Anger at West to Overshadow Tougher Action on North Korea

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing’s Anger at West to Overshadow Tougher Action on North Korea

Over the past week, China’s foreign ministry has repeatedly hit back at calls from Western countries and Japan for China for to do more to rein in North Korea, saying that pushing for dialogue was an equally integral part of the U.N. resolutions, and that escalating sanctions alone had been evidently ineffective.

“On the one hand, sanctions have continued to be put in place via resolutions and on the other hand North Korea’s nuclear and missile launch process is still continuing,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said last week.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Successfully Tested Advanced H-Bomb

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Successfully Tested Advanced H-Bomb

North Korea said in an announcement on state television that a hydrogen bomb test ordered by leader Kim Jong Un was a “perfect success” and a “meaningful” step in completing the country’s nuclear weapons programmes.

“All components of the H-bomb were homemade and all the processes … were put on the Juche basis, thus enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un In as saying.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: United Nations Condemns North Korea Missile Launch, Pyongyang Remains Defiant

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: United Nations Condemns North Korea Missile Launch, Pyongyang Remains Defiant

China’s and Russia’s ambassadors to the United Nations said they opposed any unilateral sanctions on North Korea and reiterated calls to halt deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.

“I certainly hope that we’ll be able to have a strong resolution following up this … statement,” Japan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Koro Bessho, told reporters after the meeting.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Korean Peninsula Tension Eased Slightly as US Played Down Risk of Imminent War

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Korean Peninsula Tension Eased Slightly as US Played Down Risk of Imminent War

While backing U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough talk, U.S. officials including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster played down the risk on Sunday of the rhetoric escalating into conflict.

“I think we’re not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago,” McMaster told ABC News’ “This Week”.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

This could be the biggest trigger. North Korea says it was compelled to put the Guam plan together because it feels threatened by a squadron of B-1B bombers on the island that the U.S. has increasingly sent to fly in Korean airspace in symbolic shows of force during times of particular tension. But that may be only a pretense. North Korea is certainly sensitive to the bombers, which could cause a lot of devastation if a war did start.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Ready to Fire Missiles at Guam By Mid-August

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Ready to Fire Missiles at Guam By Mid-August

“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA (Korean People’s Army) will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” said the report, citing KPA Commander General Kim Rak-gyom.

“They will fly 3,356.7 kilometers for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 kilometers away from Guam,” added the report.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: WAR, WAR, WAR: North Korea Reveals Plan to Attack US Island Guam After Trump ‘Fire and Fury’ Warning

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: WAR, WAR, WAR: North Korea Reveals Plan to Attack US Island Guam After Trump ‘Fire and Fury’ Warning

North Korea said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam. “Guam is American soil … We are not just a military installation,” Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said in an online video message.

“Tensions will continue to mount and could eventually develop into a black swan event that the markets are not prudently considering,” Steve Hanke, professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University said.

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ASIA POLITICS: ‘Ready to Use Force’: US Supersonic Bombers, Japan, South Korea Fighters Fly Over Korean Peninsula

ASIA POLITICS: ‘Ready to Use Force’: US Supersonic Bombers, Japan, South Korea Fighters Fly Over Korean Peninsula

“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” Pacific Air Forces Commander General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy said, as cited by AP.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Vows ‘Merciless Blow With Nuclear Hammer’ if US Attempts to Topple Kim Jong-un

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Vows ‘Merciless Blow With Nuclear Hammer’ if US Attempts to Topple Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s FM said it would “preemptively annihilate those countries and entities” by all possible “kinds of strike means, including nuclear ones.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Warns of ‘Bigger Gift Package’ for US After Latest Test

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Warns of ‘Bigger Gift Package’ for US After Latest Test

Kim said the reclusive state would develop more powerful weapons in multiple phases with its timetable to defend North Korea against United States.

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