Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

North Korea 'will NEVER give up nukes if U.S. breaks Iran deal'

North Korea 'will NEVER give up nukes if U.S. breaks Iran deal'

"Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of USA negotiators", he said in a pair of tweets.

The poll was conducted about a week after Trump intensified rhetorical exchanges with his counterpart Kim Jong Un, dubbing him "Rocket Man" and threatening in a September 19 speech at the "totally destroy" North Korea if the forced to defend itself and its allies.

North Korea did not follow through on its threat to fire ballistic missiles toward Guam, but the escalating tensions have sparked concerns about a possible military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, which remains technically in a state of war as the bloody 1950 53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a formal peace treaty.

She said Australia is working with other nations to place maximum pressure on North Korea but that "we hope there will be no need for a military option".

South Korean and US government officials have been raising their guard against more North Korean provocations with the approach of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea's ruling party, which fell on Tuesday.

The South Korean defence ministry has so far refused to comment about the allegation.

The North/South joint venture with South Korea was suspended past year to punish the Kim Jong Un government for conducting nuclear and missile tests, and to cut off a possible source of funding for Pyongyang's illicit weapons development program.

North Korea has vowed not to back off, and outside analysts say it is a matter of time until it achieves its long-stated goal of possessing nuclear missiles capable of striking anywhere in the mainland United States.

"We reiterated our support for our collective strategy of maximum diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea so it will be compelled to return to the negotiating table".

The visit will come after Mr Trump signalled he believed "only one thing will work" to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.

"The global community won't accept North Korea as a nuclear power".

"War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions". Previously, North Korean hackers were suspected of having a hand in launching cyberattacks against South Korea's air force and military.

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