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North Korea threatens to teach US "severe lesson"

09 August 2017

Officially, the US remains focused on diplomacy, but there are military options being considered to deal with North Korea.

During an hour-long phone call on Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump vowed to continue co-operating to rein in North Korea, particularly ahead of a regular joint military drill set for late August, South Korean presidential office spokesman Park Su-hyun said.

At the same time, US officials acknowledge that even if the sanctions are properly enforced, there is no guarantee they will be any more effective than previous rounds, which have failed to halt steady progress in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the US. And as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before".

The U.S. military has never attempted to shoot a North Korean missile out of the sky, deeming all previous tests to pose no threat to the United States.

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Tillerson said Washington would not "specify a specific number of days or weeks" before deciding that North Korea had indeed stopped its tests. Asia stocks dipped, with South Korea's benchmark index and Japan's Nikkei both falling 0.5 percent. It's unclear how many, if any, miniaturized warheads North Korea has built.

Experts said the problem isn't about bombing North Korea's weapons program, it's about what Kim Jong Un would do next.

The 15-member body strongly condemned North Korea's ballistic missile launches on 3 July and 28 July, which the country has stated were of "intercontinental" range.

It added that Japan and South Korea "kowtowed blindly" to the U.S. Wednesday marked the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki by the United States. The U.S. territory is home to Andersen Air Force Base. The Guam Visitors Bureau's branch in Tokyo said it had not received any inquiries about the threat, and major South Korean tour agencies reported no cancellations or inquiries either.

"We need to be firm and deliberate with North Korea, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe", Schumer said in a statement issued Tuesday.

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Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain said he took exception to Trump's comments, warning that the President might not be able to follow through with the threats he is making.

North Korea has taken a major step forward in realizing its goal of becoming a nuclear power, according to a Washington Post report on a confidential U.S. intelligence assessment that concludes Pyongyang has developed a nuclear warhead capable of fitting inside its missiles.

Speaking at the ASEAN Regional Forum on Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho blamed the USA for the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and said Pyongyang's "possession of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles is a legitimate option for self-defense in the face of a clear and real nuclear threat posed by the United States", according to a statement.

Dr Petrov warned the stand-off with North Korea had lasted 67 years and there was no end in sight.

North Korea threatened retaliation against the United States following the sanctions that are aimed at pressuring the secluded country into negotiating a de-escalation of its nuclear militarization. But he said the USA should assume the worst.

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In this telling, Lewis notes, it's possible to envision some kind of ambiguous Tweet - such as, "we've gotta get rid of this guy" - unleashing untold consequences.

North Korea threatens to teach US