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North Korea threatens 'super-mighty' strike on U.S.

21 April 2017

The disagreement with Russian Federation over the stronger language came ahead of a Security Council ministerial meeting next week on North Korea that will be chaired by US Secretary of States Rex Tillerson.

Vice President Mike Pence, on a tour of the region, warned this week that "the era of strategic patience is over" when it comes to US policy toward North Korea.

Trump told a news conference "some very unusual moves have been made over the last two or three hours", and that he was confident Chinese President Xi Jinping would "try very hard" to pressure Beijing's ally and neighbour North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.

While Trump gave no indication of what the moves might be, USA officials told Reuters that the United States was aware of a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signalling a possible heightened state of readiness.

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US officials have been saying for weeks that North Korea could soon stage another nuclear bomb test, something both the United States and China have both warned against.

In a unanimous statement, the council demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests", saying Pyongyang's "illegal missile activities" were "greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond".

The council has imposed six sets of sanctions on North Korea - two of which were adopted past year - to significantly ramp up the punitive measures and deny Kim Jong-Un's regime hard currency revenue.

Guterres said countries "on the frontline" of the crisis - China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Russia - must spare no effort to prevent a military buildup from Pyongyang.

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The council expressed its strong determination to deal more proactively with North Korea's provocations by stating that their further signification measures include sanctions, the ministry said in a press release on Friday (Korean time). Hence, the North Korean government orders frequent tests of its nuclear weapons program, in order to verify national defense strategies against possible attacks.

The US has military forces in South Korea on a permanent basis, and routinely threatens the North with military action.

Speaking on the deck of a massive U.S. aircraft carrier on Wednesday, Pence cautioned North Korea against testing the resolve of the USA military.

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