South Korean media say North might test nuke in Pacific
- Henrietta Strickland
President Donald Trump addresses world leaders at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in NY on September 19, 2017.
In a statement posted to its website late Friday night, the ministry reiterated the terms of the latest resolution, writing that United Nations member states would not export more than 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products to the North in the final three months of 2017, and 2 million annually starting next year.
A limited amount of petroleum allowed under the United Nations resolution will still be exported to North Korea.
In response, Tillerson said US diplomatic efforts would continue but all military options were still on the table.
The North Korean leader, who has perpetrated widespread human rights violations under his totalitarian regime and probably ordered his half-brother's killing in February, also called Trump "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician" and threatened to take action to retaliate for Trump's remarks before the General Assembly, where he called Kim a "rocket man on a suicide mission".
The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies. The regime is estimated to have over 14,000 pieces of artillery in its possession, many of which are strategically located in bunkers in the mountains on the border with South Korea.
Asked before a lunch meeting Thursday with the leaders of Japan and South Korea if diplomacy was still possible, Trump nodded and said, "Why not?" But North Korea's series of missile tests and apparent testing of a hydrogen bomb provoked Trump to increase his own insults and threats.
The dictator's mouthpiece KCNA added that Kim Jong-un was considering the "strongest possible response" to United States provocation. Such a test would be a "game-changer" if North Korea actually did it, the official said.
He said the executive order will cut off revenue that funds Pyongyang's efforts to develop nuclear weapons. "But a live nuclear weapons launch and detonation in the Pacific would be an extraordinarily irresponsible act".
China, North Korea's most important trading partner, is one of the pariah state's few sources of hard currency.
"Trump might not have been aware what is uttered from his mouth.but we will make sure that he bears consequences far beyond his words, far beyond the scope of what he can handle even if he's ready to do so", he continued.
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A senior USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the United States is taking Kim's threat seriously.
"The worldwide community is raising voices of denunciation, being deeply concerned about such outbursts and wild words as "total destruction" of a sovereign state, not just "overturn of social system" and "regime change", he said".
"We are the second and 3rd largest economies in the world". Because they feel under threat and under siege'.
On the same day, the European Union announced new sanctions of its own, including a ban on investment in North Korea and on European Union exports of oil. The sale of liquefied natural gas has been banned outright and the export of refined petroleum has been reduced to two barrels per year.
"We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first".
The additional sanctions on Pyongyang, including on its shipping and trade networks, showed Trump was giving more time for economic pressure to weigh on North Korea after warning about the possibility of military action on Tuesday.
The foreign minister for North Korea, Ri Yong Ho, said his government would consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale in the sea, but added that such a decision would ultimately be taken by the country's ruler, Kim Jong-un.
Elleman said the missile of choice in a North Korean atmospheric H-bomb test likely would be its longest-range ballistic missile, known as the Hwasong-14, which apparently has the capability of reaching the USA mainland, or the intermediate-range Hwasong-12.
"They may be bluffing, but there is a need for them to test their combined missile-bomb capability".
China supplies materials to the North, where they are made into clothing in factories using cheap labour, and often re-exported to China.
The world hasn't dealt with an atmospheric test since 1980, when China detonated a weapon over Lop Nur, in the country's northwest, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
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