Spain expels North Korea ambassador

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about keeping pressure on North Korea using economic sanctions imposed through the United Nations, the White House said on Monday.

On Friday North Korea launched a second missile over Hokkaido showing the world that the missiles can now reach the U.S. territory of Guam.

Military options available to the United States range from non-lethal actions such as a naval blockade to enforce sanctions to waging cyber attacks and positioning new U.S. weaponry in South Korea, where the United States has 28,500 troops.

Such drills are held regularly, but the military has invited media to observe one for the first time in two years, said Kim Hyon-sok, public affairs specialist of the USA 2nd Infantry Division.

The official Xinhua news agency said the joint exercises will take place between Peter the Great Bay, just outside of the Russian far eastern port of Vladivostok, not far from the Russia-North Korea border, and into the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, to the north of Japan.

The United States often sends powerful military aircraft in a show of force in times of heightened animosities with North Korea.

The drill was conducted after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday (September 15) only four days after the U.N. Security Council unanimously stepped up mandating tougher sanctions against Pyongyang.

North Korea has repeatedly demanded that the United States and South Korea call off joint exercises, which Pyongyang view as provocative.

Two US B-1B bombers and four F-35B fifth-generation fighters, in cooperation with South Korean F-15K fighters, today performed exercises in the sky over South Korea.

This latest move by Spain followed decisions from both Peru and Mexico to expel the North Korean ambassador on their territory.

The US said it conducted the new military exercise with the South in response to the North's recent missile and nuclear tests, said the source.

Germany's foreign minister is calling for direct talks with North Korea in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs.

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