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What a US Nuclear Strike on North Korea Would Look Like

What a US Nuclear Strike on North Korea Would Look Like

Have we already become so inured to the madness of the Trump administration that we have simply forgotten during these six months what it would be like if America had a real president to manage this crisis - not the historically ignorant, erratic, petulant boy king we're stuck with?

In a transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, which was distributed to media in Manila, Pyongyang called new United Nations sanctions "fabricated" and warned there would be "strong follow-up measures" and acts of justice.

North Korea launched two missiles last month that experts say have the range to reach anywhere in the US including Los Angeles and Chicago.

He dismissed the U.N. Security Council sanctions approved Saturday as illegal, appearing to rule out talks that the Trump administration, in a diplomatic partnership with China and Russian Federation, is offering North Korea as a way out of its economic and diplomatic pariah status.

China has taken some unilateral actions to tighten the screws on North Korea, including banning all coal imports into the country in February.

Still, North Korean officials would do well to remind themselves of the nuclear threat they now face. In addition, Beijing fears that the collapse of order in North Korea could lead to instability on the North Korea-China border, a potentially large influx of refugees that it would need to manage, and ultimately the potential emergence of a new pro-U.S. successor to Kim.

Mr Tillerson said halting missile test launches, which have anxious neighbours South Korea and Japan, was a first step toward dialogue.

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Japan's warning comes after the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted through a new round of sanctions against Pyongyang at the weekend. The penalties are the toughest to date against a country that has been under worldwide sanctions for more than a decade, and they carry the symbolic weight of approval by Pyongyang's closest ally, China. Certainly the North's initial reaction was defiant.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The sanctions are expected to cause harm to the North Korean economy.

North Korea's U.N. mission said the sanctions revealed that the United States and its allies, instead of accepting North Korea and learning to coexist with it, had become "more frenzied and desperate" over the country's growing military strength.

Chinese government-backed scholars said Beijing is deeply concerned about the latest statements from Trump and North Korea. The Chicago Council suggested that the sense of a heightened threat from the north may have increased commitment to South Korea.

Beijing has maintained a clear and consistent position on North Korea for months, calling on multiple occasions for Pyongyang to halt its nuclear weapons program in exchange for the US and South Korea holding off on military drills.

Ri's address here was closed to the media, so it could not be determined whether he stuck to a script delivered to reporters.

North Korea spokesman Bang Kwang Hyok told South Korean news service Money Today on Monday he would make an announcement "today" regarding its stance on the tougher measures. "We think that lots of good things could happen, and we could also have a bad solution", he said.

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While China has had robust economic ties with Southeast Asia, a diverse region of more than 600 million people with a combined GDP of $2.4 trillion, both have tangled for years over the territorial conflicts.

During a dialogue on Sunday, August 6, in Manila, Asean foreign ministers and China formally adopted the "framework" for further negotiations on the Code of Conduct.

However, the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies said China was continuing to reclaim land in the Paracel Islands to the north of the Spratlys. "Over one billion dollars in cost to N.K". President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, called it "the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against" North Korea.

Ri was spotted at the gala smiling and toasting with the other foreign ministers.

A draft communique seen by the AP days before the ministers held their annual meeting in Manila on Saturday failed to mention the sensitive criticisms, which China has opposed to be discussed in multinational forums. Washington has rejected that.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho has brushed off South Korea's recent offer of talks as "lacking sincerity", revealing differences in the sides' positions over a restart of dialogue, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Monday.

"Vietnam is not willing to compromise on issues of sovereignty and also makes its own preparations", he said. North Korea sees its nuclear arsenal as protection against the United States and its partners in Asia.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to reporters at a hotel in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7, 2017. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged "the North Korean side to calmly handle the resolutions".

But Zhao said an increasingly erratic North Korea is now threatening to overshadow the Communist Party's big day.