Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Stop the threats, China tells US, North Korea

Stop the threats, China tells US, North Korea

"The statement that [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un has made, announcing his decision to delay the missile attack on Guam, may be considered as North Korea's moratorium on the launches of its intercontinental ballistic missiles", he said.

Trump says: "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un was watching USA moves before deciding to order the test.

It also comes ahead of joint military exercises by the USA and South Korea next week, which is likely to further aggravate tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Even in light of the recent high tensions and brinkmanship between the United States and North Korea, the so-called double freeze - the idea often floated by China and North Korea that the USA would stop military exercises and limit or eliminate its presence in North Korea in exchange for denuclearization - won't budge.

North Korea threatened to attack the US in retaliation to the sanctions imposed by the United Nations over its missile tests, to which US President Donald Trump responded with an unusually fierce tone.

"S&P Global Ratings affirmed its "AA" long-term sovereign credit rating" on South Korea, the agency said in its latest release.

According to Mr Treverton a pre-emptive attack by the U.S. against North Korea was not a feasible option. The U.N. recently enacted its toughest sanctions yet after Pyongyang tested long-range missiles twice last month.

Japan conducted air maneuvers with US bombers southwest of the Korean Peninsula yesterday involving two US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flying from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam and two Japanese F-15 jet fighters, Japan's Air Self Defense Force said.

As a candidate for the presidency, Moon, a liberal who took office in May, said he would "say no to the Americans" if necessary.

"We shouldn't make a hasty decision on this", he said.

The comments from North Korea come amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea, which has pressed ahead with a nuclear weapons programme despite worldwide condemnation.

Forty-six percent of voters said they thought Trump's "fire and fury" comments were appropriate and 39 percent thought it was inappropriate to say.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed after security talks with close ally Japan that the US seeks a peaceful solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Wednesday "we can't support ideas by some of our partners to suffocate North Korea economically with all the negative and tragic humanitarian consequences for its citizens".

President Barack Obama's policy of being "passive" concerning North Korea's nuclear missile program has resulted in a rogue state that now possesses offensive nuclear weapons capable of striking many of our cities in the United States.

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