Trump tries diplomacy in countering North Korea's nuclear provocation

Jerome Frank
August 9, 2017

US President Donald Trump lashed out at North Korea by saying further military provocations by North Korea would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen before".

Mr. Kim vowed a "thousand-fold" revenge for the sanctions, according to a statement read on North Korean state-run TV. "They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before".

The official says the Defense Intelligence Agency assessment, first reported by The Washington Post on August 8, says North Korea has made a miniaturized nuclear warhead, but that it would still have to hurdle other technical issues before it could successfully deliver such a weapon.

The US recently said it believes North Korea will have the capability to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the US mainland by early next year. At other times President Trump seemed to think that China could be easily induced to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

Pyongyang's statement said the sanctions were caused by a "heinous United States plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea.

The DIA completed the latest analysis on the miniature warhead in July, shortly after another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country's atomic arsenal.

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North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored global calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes.

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said Seoul's proposals lack sincerity when South Korea is imposing sanctions on the North with the United States, the official added.

In June, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on two Chinese citizens and a shipping company for allegedly helping North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and accused a Chinese bank of laundering money for Pyongyang.

Intelligence analysts have been shocked by the fast development of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

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In a Twitter post, Trump said he was "very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote" on the sanctions.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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