Moon urges bipartisan efforts to overcome N. Korean nuclear threat, ensure growth

  • Moon urges bipartisan efforts to overcome N. Korean nuclear threat, ensure growth

Moon urges bipartisan efforts to overcome N. Korean nuclear threat, ensure growth

Bellicose rhetoric has reached a new level in recent days with leaders on both sides exchanging threats and insults.

Less than a week after President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), North Korea's foreign minister accused the United States of declaring war and promised "countermeasures".

After Trump tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer, his administration clarified on Monday that the U.S.is not seeking his overthrow".

The move, which was reported by analysts in Seoul, puts the planes within striking distance of USA bombers which have been conducting drills alongside aircraft from the South in global airspace near North Korea.

The North Korean redeployment follows tense exchanges between the USA and North Korean delegations from the U.N. General Assembly floor this month, during which President Donald Trump called North Korea's leader "rocket man" and warned him he is "on a suicide mission".

Dunford added that Pyongyang will have a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile "soon" and it was only a matter of a "very short time".

China, the leading economic partner for North Korea, has expanded measures against Pyongyang's missile program that caused a huge concern among the world powers.

Opposition politician Lee Whan Young said the Pentagon had to publicly announce the flight so the North Koreans knew it had happened.

It's unclear if North Korea has the capability to even perform a hydrogen bomb test, however it's safe to assume the North Korean dictator means what he says and will act on it.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also dismissed Pyongyang's claim as "absurd".

"The whole world should clearly remember it was the United States who first declared war on our country", North Korea's top diplomat told reporters in NY.

The move, according to defense sources consulted by the network, is to boost military readiness in case a war breaks up on the peninsula.

"The world is living in a risky period", he said.

On Thursday, Beijing issued instructions to 120 Chinese companies to cease trading with North Korea and last week instructed its banks to do the same.

If North Korea were to start unleashing its artillery on the South, it would be able to fire about 4,000 rounds an hour, Roger Cavazos of the Nautilus Institute estimated in a 2012 study.

Park said President Moon told the meeting that Washington and Seoul agreed that pressure needed to be applied to North Korea, with the door to talks still open. Furthermore, North Korea's repeated provocations are destabilizing Northeast Asia, making the regime more of a liability rather than a strategic asset for the Chinese government.