Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

S Korea, Japan support US' firm stance on N Korea

S Korea, Japan support US' firm stance on N Korea

Trump's latest warnings are the "sound of a dog barking", South Korea's Yonhap News reported on Thursday, citing North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who is in NY for the UN General Assembly.

During the speech, Trump threatened that if need be, Washington will "totally destroy North Korea".

Trump's summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in is meant to rally the three nations around a plan to curb North Korea's weapons program, US officials say.

"After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes", Trump tweeted.

North Korea's foreign minister has said he feels "sorry" for Donald Trump's aides.

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and fired a second ballistic missile over Japan after firing the first in August.

"As President Trump said, the worldwide community must continue to work together to confront rogue regimes and that is exactly what the Prime Minister will be doing in discussions with world leaders in NY this week".

"In case the USA opts for confrontation and war... it will meet a terrible nuclear strike and miserable and final ruin", North Korea said. Supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini told NBC News that he would only listen to it, but later emphasized that "no one will trust America again" if the United States gets rid of the nuclear agreement.

"The U.S. president also issued a warning against countries helping North Korea, saying that some nations continue to trade with the North, providing arms and financial support to a country that "imperils the world" with nuclear conflict".

A senior United Nations official told CNN's Jim Scuitto that "shock reverberated through the chamber" when Mr Trump made his threat to "totally destroy" North Korea.

Diplomatic action taken against the North Korean regime so far has included hefty sanctions aimed at disrupting its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Japan, which Pyongyang often threatens to destroy, has consistently pushed for pressure on North Korea.

Several of the past US presidents chose to take an approach that did not pay so much attention to North Korea, but given their recent actions, it seems as though it is needed. A few days after the United Nations stepped up sanctions on September 11, North Korea fired a missile that flew over northern Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean, according to Japanese and South Korean officials.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea in a speech to the United Nations, saying Kim Jong Un was getting away with worse behavior than any dictator since the end of the Cold War.

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