1. US warns North Korea will be destroyed if threats continue

US warns North Korea will be destroyed if threats continue

Washington's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, kept up the rhetorical pressure ahead of the upcoming meetings in New York, asserting that if the North should pose a serious threat to the US or its allies, "North Korea will be destroyed."

By: | Washington | Published: September 18, 2017 12:35 AM
Donald Trump’s administration ramped up the pressure on North Korea today ahead of a week of high-stakes diplomacy at the United Nations, warning Pyongyang will be “destroyed” if it refuses to end its “reckless” nuclear and ballistic missile drive. (Reuters)

Donald Trump’s administration ramped up the pressure on North Korea today ahead of a week of high-stakes diplomacy at the United Nations, warning Pyongyang will be “destroyed” if it refuses to end its “reckless” nuclear and ballistic missile drive. With US officials and their allies scrambling to find ways to contain an increasingly belligerent Pyongyang, the US president will address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday and then confer Thursday with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the sidelines of the meeting. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In spoke by phone Saturday night and pledged “stronger pressure” on Kim Jong-Un’s regime, the South’s presidential office said, adding that the North must be made to realize that “further provocation” would put it on a “path of collapse.” The Security Council last Monday imposed a new raft of sanctions on North Korea — but their impact depends largely on whether China, Pyongyang’s ally and main economic partner, will fully implement them and on Russia, which is hosting tens of thousands of North Korean workers.

Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, kept up the rhetorical pressure ahead of the upcoming meetings in New York, asserting that if the North should pose a serious threat to the US or its allies, “North Korea will be destroyed.” Trump’s earlier warning he would rain “fire and fury” on a recalcitrant North Korea, she said, was “not an empty threat.” “None of us want war,” Haley added in an interview on CNN. “We wanted to be responsible and go to all diplomatic means to get their attention first. If that doesn’t work, General Mattis” — the US defense secretary — “will take care of it.” As the US and its allies emphasize the diplomatic track, South Korea is also deploying a state-of-the-art US missile defense system. In their latest call, the White House said Trump and Moon had committed to “take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities” of South Korea, offering no details of how it might do so. Analysts say that in the event of hostilities, millions of people in the Seoul area — as well as the 30,000 US troops in South Korea — would be vulnerable to attack by the thousands of artillery pieces the North has positioned near the border, with potentially staggering casualties.

So far, every effort to persuade the North to back away from its fast-developing nuclear and missile programs — including its most powerful nuclear test yet, on September 3 — has proved futile, at times even seeming to prompt new acts of defiance from Pyongyang. The North’s latest show of resistance came when it launched a long-range missile over Japan on Friday, just four days after the UN Security Council had passed a tough new package of sanctions. At the request of the United States, the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level meeting Thursday on ways to enforce the latest sanctions, which include an export ban on textiles, freezing work permits to North Korean guest workers and capping oil supplies. Haley said sanctions had already provided a “punch in the gut” to Pyongyang but that strict enforcement was crucial.

Separately, Trump’s national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, agreed that “the critical thing is going to be to get all countries, every one, to do all they can to enforce those sanctions, to do everything they can, short of a military conflict, to resolve this problem.” But if diplomacy and economic pressure fail, he added, “We have to prepare all options.” Pyongyang, an insular country with few outside contacts, says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from “hostile” US forces and is determined to build the capacity to deliver a nuclear warhead that could hit the US mainland.

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  1. S
    S
    Sep 18, 2017 at 6:36 am
    N.Korean map should be decimated as people have nohing to eat except Nuclear ash It is high time, that US, alone enough to strike them hard otherwise Russian an china wage their tails. For survival of india,stooges can be abducted and feed to the fish.The world is shrinking,Brains are draining.what is supremacy? dying in nuclear war?Because most of thr countries having Diwali crackers..Blue whale game should be switched over to AICPIN games till next budget. The brainless creatures go oncrying my basic pay is thismuch/howmuch I willget. Iamasking govt why doyouexploit innocence of beggers. The pay commission for MPs, Judicial should be one. Theyarenot Gold plated people.A judicial rule says equality is equality.then why british law? till next budget the govt go on form committees.with pay fixation commission members, a bunch of ignorant people.Theirchildren teach mathematics. It is simple delete all allowances why do keep 34 categories allowances. prevaliges are equal,
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    1. Jim Parker
      Sep 18, 2017 at 5:21 am
      North Korea is intensifying their threats towards the U.S..If they continue doing so then when the U.S.takes them seriously a preemptive strike is inevitable.They can only make so many threats before the threat is taken seriously.One day NK might launch a missile that is no longer a test missile and then all bets are off.The U.S. retaliation will most likely be swift and extremely decisive.
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