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NKorea vows to strengthen nukes as US increases pressure

NKorea vows to strengthen nukes as US increases pressure

Countries must decide whether they support North Korea or those opposed to its nuclear and missile programs, U.S. Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday, vowing to "call out" states backing Pyongyang.

The rocket was sacked from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missile reportedly launched on Sunday and is believed to be the most powerful weapon that the nation has ever tested in the history.

The US troop presence in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War, is primarily to guard against the North Korean threat.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said economic and diplomatic pressure would continue to be applied to North Korea.

"Many more "Juche weapons" capable of striking the USA will be launched from this land".

"We are aware that North Korea launched an MRBM (medium-range ballistic missile)".

South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in campaigned on the idea of resuming diplomacy with the North, citing the "Sunshine Policy" as a model that he'd like to bring back.

Pyongyang has long had missiles that can reach targets across the South, the 500km Scud, and Japan, the 1,000km to 1,300km Rodong; but with an imputed range of 4,500km, the Hwasong-12 puts U.S. bases on the Pacific island of Guam within reach.

China had no immediate comment.




"I would like to have a thorough discussion about this at the G7 summit", Mr Abe told reporters after a meeting of the National Security Council.

The U.N. Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to the country's five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches. North Korea is not as closed off from the world as some might think, but it has very few trade partners.

South Korean activists hold a banner during a rally against the plan to deploy the U.S. -built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, near the United States of America embassy in Seoul, July 11, 2016.

"The unsafe behavior by North Korea is not just a threat to the Korean Peninsula", he said, "it's a threat to Japan, it's a threat to China, it's a threat to Russian Federation - let me say that again... it's a threat to Russian Federation - it's a threat to the United States, it's a threat to the entire world".

North Korea on Sunday launched the Hwasong-12, the projectile that has shown the best performance so far aside from its space rockets, in what the worldwide community suspects to have been a covert missiles test.

"The unsafe behaviour by North Korea is not just a threat to the Korean peninsula.it's a threat to China, it's a threat to Russia", Harris told a an academic forum in Tokyo.

Pyongyang has long had missiles that can reach targets across the South and Japan.

"The UNSC has kept mum about the United States test-fire of an ICBM which flew more than 6,000 km across the ocean, even while crying out for "denunciation" and "sanctions" for ballistic rocket test-fires the DPRK carried out".


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