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Trump-North Korea battle intensifies further

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As the war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
intensifies, threatening to turn into an actual war – the region is bracing for more tensions. According to analysts,
the escalation in rhetoric is increasing the risk of a miscalculation by one side or the other that could have
massive repercussions. On Sunday morning, Pyongyang staged a major anti-U.S. rally, with the country’s state-
run television KRT airing a video showing tens of thousands of people attending a rally at Kim Il Sung square in
the capital. KCNA news agency said more than 100,000 people gathered for the rally on Saturday and delivered
speeches supporting comments made by Kim Jong Un earlier in the week. 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 nuclear programme was the correct path.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells UN that the time for talk is over on North Korea

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes. Japanese Prime Minister said:  “Now is not the time for dialogue. Now is the time to apply pressure”, and said: “We can’t be satisfied that the UN has approved new sanctions against North Korea”. “What’s crucial now is to put sanctions into effect without lapses and that requires close cooperation with China and Russia.” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “Whether or not we can put an end to the provocations by North Korea is dependent upon the solidarity of the international community”. In contrast, Japan’s Asian rival China and Russia, have called repeatedly for a return to international diplomacy and talks with North Korea to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.

North Korea ambassador walked out of assembly in boycott of Trump’s speech

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North Korea sent an unspoken message to the US ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly. Its ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song-nam, left the room before Trump arrived to speak. The North Korean mission to the UN told NBC it “boycotted” the speech of President Donald Trump. Ja Song-nam, is the permanent North Korean representative to the UN, beginning his service on February 28, 2014. The ambassador has been outspoken about the US military presence in South Korea. He wrote a letter on March 6 to the British UN ambassador, saying “the situation on the Korean Peninsula is again inching to the brink of a nuclear war”.

As North Korea threat looms, Trump to address world leaders at UN

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North Korean diplomats will have a front-row seat in the UN General Assembly for Trump’s speech on Tuesday morning, which will touch on the escalating crisis that has seen Trump and Pyongyang trade threats of military action. Trump will seek support for tough measures against North Korea, while pressing his “America First” message to the world body. Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said on Friday: “This is not an issue between the United States and North Korea. This is an issue between the world and North Korea”.  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “The solution can only be political. Military action could cause devastation on a scale that would take generations to overcome”. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said UN sanctions had banned 90 percent of the Asian state’s publicly reported exports, saying of Pyongyang on Friday: “This is totally in their hands on how they respond”.

North Korea fuel prices soar after UN sanctions capped supply

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Petrol and diesel prices rose sharply in North Korea after its sixth nuclear test and as the UN Security Council imposed new sanctions capping fuel supply. In the capital Pyongyang and northern border cities of Sinuiju and Hyesan spiked to 2.51 dollar per kg as of September 13, up 45.1 per cent from 1.73 dollar per kg on September 5 and Diesel prices also surged 61.5 per cent from 1.30 dollar per kg to 2.10 dollar per kg during the same period. According to Reuters analysis of data compiled by the Daily NK website. North Korea launched a missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday in defiance of the new Security Council. Anyway the White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Friday, after the latest North Korean missile launch, that the United States was running out of patience: “We’ve been kicking the can down the road, and we’re out of road”.

Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force against North Korea

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The U.S. military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises ahead of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Korea’s nuclear threat is likely to loom large. The flurry of military drills came after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday and the reclusive North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3 in defiance of United Nations sanctions and other international pressure. A pair of U.S. B-1B bombers and four F-35 jets flew from Guam and Japan and joined four South Korean F-15K fighters in the latest drill.

 

China rejects US demand to cut oil exports to North Korea

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Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the US, told reporters at a briefing in Washington when asked if Beijing would cut oil shipments. Cui said: “Any further steps would need to be worked out with the agreement of the entire UN Security Council”. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: China use its role as the main exporter of oil to North Korea to force Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. Hours earlier, North Korea had launched a missile over Japan. Cui said the US, not China, needed to take more responsibility for the issue. They cannot just leave the issue to China alone and honestly I think the United States should be doing more, much more than now, so that there is real effective international cooperation on this issue, Cui said.

North Korea threatens to ‘sink’ Japan and reduce US to ‘ashes and darkness’ in response to latest UN sanctions

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A North Korean state agency threatened to use nuclear weapons to sink Japan, and reduce the US to ashes and darkness for supporting a UN Security Council resolution. The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously for banning North Korea’s textile exports, that are the second largest only to coal and mineral, and capping fuel supplies. The North reiterating threats to destroy the US, Japan and South Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said to respond on North Korea: having our own nuclear weapons will not maintain peace on the Korean peninsula and could lead to a nuclear arms race in northeast Asia. Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters: This announcement is extremely provocative and egregious. It is something that markedly heightens regional tension and is absolutely unacceptable. North Korea had already rejected the Security Council resolution, vowing to press ahead with its nuclear and missile programmes. The North accuses the US, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies.

 

North Korea vows to accelerate weapons programme after ‘evil’ sanctions imposed by United Nations

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North Korea decide to accelerate its weapons programmes in response of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council. The UN Security Council unanimously imposed an eighth set of sanctions on the North on Monday, banning it from trading in textiles and restricting its oil imports, which US President Donald Trump said was a prelude to stronger measures. The North’s foreign ministry condemned the new measures in the strongest terms, calling them a full-scale economic blockade driven by the US and aimed at suffocating its state and people. It was another illegal resolution on sanctions piloted by the US, it said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. The North says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from hostile US forces and analysts believe Pyongyang’s weapons programme has made rapid progress under leader Kim Jong-un, with previous sanctions having done little to deter it.

A total oil embargo on North Korea would only lead to war, as it did with imperial Japan

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A total oil embargo against North Korea would be likely to provoke the same result as it did with imperial Japan , war with the US and friends. Last week, following a series of missile launches and an underground nuclear test, the US ambassador to the UN declared North Korea to be begging for war. This week, the 15-member UN Security Council unanimously passed a raft of new sanctions, including a universal ban on purchasing North Korean textiles (the country’s second-largest export, after coal) and the cessation of all gas exports to the isolated state. What’s more interesting is what was culled from America original proposal: the use of force, if deemed necessary, to board and inspect ships to enforce these economic sanctions; an asset freeze; a travel ban for Kim Jong-un. China and Russia know that a complete oil cut-off would heighten North Korea’s self-destructive tendencies and hasten its collapse. Sanctions have not worked and now cannot work. North Korea is not going to give up.

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