North Korea tensions loom over joint US-South Korea military drills

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

If forced to defend itself and its allies, the USA "will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea", Trump said, calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a "Rocket Man" on a suicide mission.

As tensions continue to ratchet up with North Korea, CNN has learned that the USA is considering shooting down a North Korean ballistic missile even if it does not directly threaten the United States or its allies.

Boris Johnson has warned the situation in North Korea is "very, very serious" after referring to Donald Trump's mockery of "Rocket Man" Kim Jong Un.

His comments come just two days after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the U.N. Security Council would be "perfectly happy" handing responsibility for dealing with North Korea to the Pentagon.

He said in the long term a grand bargain needed to look at U.S. diplomatic recognition of the North, a peace treaty replacing this temporary armistice since 1953 and external security guarantees for the regime in Pyongyang.

"Bluster, threat and hyperbole" also seem to be the order of the day when it comes to exchanges between the USA leader and the country it has never technically come to peace with.

In response to new sanctions - imposed after the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test - the state has said it will now accelerate its nuclear programme.

"The bottom line is that in the missiles, were they to be a threat, whether it be the U.S. territory Guam, obviously Japan, Japan's territory, that would elicit a different response from us", he said. "Tolerance for this disgraceful practice must end now".

Trump made the announcement Thursday during a working luncheon with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"They will put nearly all South Korean citizens against the United States because it is totally against the very goal of the security partnership between the United States and South Korea", said Bong.

But its ambassador to the USA said China would never accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state.

Russia and China have also begun naval exercises not far from the Russia-North Korea border, to the north of Japan.

Still, when he sat down later with Trump, he complimented the president's "very strong" United Nations address, saying it would "help to change North Korea". Long gas lines forming in North Korea.

"At present, management of North Korea-related business has become an issue of national-level politics and national security", according to the document seen by the sources.

"China has been responding in a mature way, and they say if you go in too hard you will cause a catastrophe and mass migrations".

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