Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump's statement on ban on North Korean banks not consistent with facts

Trump's statement on ban on North Korean banks not consistent with facts

A North Korea expert said it's clear we need more sanctions against North Korea, but fears that President Donald Trump's earlier threat to "totally destroy" the rogue nation if it attacks the USA or its allies will backfire.

THE MOUTHPIECE of the Chinese Communist Party has said that US President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations General Assembly was "not what one expects from a US President" and that it had reduced hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump branded Kim "Rocket Man" and threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" in his United Nations speech.

North Korea detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear weapon earlier this month at its underground Punggye-ri site northeast of Pyongyang, causing a quake with a magnitude of around 6.3.

North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under Kim Jong Un's leadership as it accelerates a weapons program created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

"It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific", Mr Ri said, quoted by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

North Korea has been testing missiles at an unprecedented rate, and conducted its sixth nuclear test despite worldwide condemnation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appears to be getting personal with President Donald Trump.

Frustrated that China had not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration considered new sanctions in July on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang, two senior US officials told Reuters.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission", Trump said Tuesday.

A magnitude 3.5 natural disaster struck at 4:29 a.m. ET Saturday 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, the US Geological Survey said. North Korea says it needs to have a nuclear deterrent because the United States intends to invade it. Analysts say the North is likely to soon achieve its objective of possessing nuclear missiles capable of reaching any part of the USA homeland.

China, North Korea's ally and arbiter of stability in the region, called on all parties to exercise restraint after the incendiary remarks. Kim responded in a statement, calling Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard" and said "a frightened dog barks louder".

Trump praised China yesterday for what he said was instructions to its banks to cut off business with North Korea.

Hours after Kim Jong Un's statement was released, North Korea's foreign minister also raised the tension level between the two countries. It wasn't the first time the Trump administration had noted that it's not just the North Korean leadership at risk in this escalating war of words, but the conflict also risks "the destruction of its people", as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis put it in August.

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