'Vicious' Sanctions Will Only Speed Up Nuclear Program: North Korea

S.Korea's Moon and Trump agree on need for stronger N.Korea sanctions (VIDEO)

The worldwide community is scrambling to contain an increasingly belligerent Pyongyang, which has conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test and fired long-range missiles over Japan that it says could reach the USA mainland. The country flight-tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

Mattis elaborated and said the U.S. would take "immediate actions" to intercept and shoot down any missile headed for Japan, South Korea or Guam. Its nuclear test in September was its most powerful to date.

Most recently, USA president Donald Trump condemned the North Korean regime during the general debate of the 72nd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Hyten said he is confident that the ground-based US missile defense system, mainly consisting of hit-to-kill interceptor missiles in Alaska and California, has the ability to stop a North Korean ICBM.

Seoul is within artillery range of North Korea, which beyond nuclear and conventional weapons is also believed to have a sizable chemical and biological arsenal. But the liberal-leaning government of President Moon Jae-in said it has no intention of requesting that the USA bring back such weapons. He accused the North Korean regime of a ruthless effort to gain nuclear weapons.

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Mattis explained the recent threats by North Korea and how the United States will deal with the alleged threats to them and their allies.

North Korea "must immediately cease making reckless choices that could lead to its own isolation and downfall and choose the path of dialogue", Moon said. China in turn favors an global response to the problem.

"We do not desire the collapse of North Korea".

China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade and sends largely free crude oil shipments to the North. Beijing has been increasingly frustrated with North Korea's nuclear drive, but it still doesn't want the North to collapse and cause a wave of refugees to cross the border into China and American troops to move into North Korea.

"And the bottom line is that, when the missiles - were they to be a threat, whether it be to USA territory, Guam, obviously Japan's territory - that would elicit a different response from us". "But actually, these kinds of actions didn't help solving the problem but further complicate the situation, which do no good to the resolution of the peninsular issue". "What we've done with the sanctions is we are putting the leader in North Korea in a position to be aware that the global community, voting unanimously twice now in the United Nations Security Council, seeing the increasing diplomatic isolation that comes with it, comes with the economic sanction that there's a penalty to be paid for ignoring worldwide concerns and norms".

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