Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

US tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks about an alleged terror plot at a press conference in Sydney AFP 2017 Peter Parks Australian Prime Minister Urges China to Put Pressure on North Korea
Howard Terry | 20 April, 2017, 00:31

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters the United Nations fully backs efforts of all states trying to ensure "that North Korea doesn't acquire the capacities that would become a threat, not only for the region but in a wider area of the world".

While hosting the White House Easter egg hunt on Monday, President Trump was asked by a reporter if he had a message for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un over his continuous threats of war against the USA and its allies.

She told reporters Wednesday: "The ball is in their court".

Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its arms programs, including developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

North Korea has warned its army is on "maximum alert" after the USA vice president visited the heavily militarized border between the two Koreas and reiterated Washington's position that "all options are on the table" in dealing with Pyongyang.

The official, however, stressed that the review of military options doesn't change the administration's priority on the need for a peaceful diplomatic solution, and the USA is now not anticipating preemptive strikes against the North, according to the report.

North Korea claimed that the repositioning of the US Navy strike group to the Korean Peninsula was an act of undue provocation by the US.

The statement was made amid an escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula with the South Korea and USA military reporting April 16th that they had witnessed what they believe to be a failed missile test by Pyongyang which followed a number of missile launches and nuclear tests considered to be in violation with the UN Security Council resolution.

Russian Federation wanted to include language contained in a previous statement stressing the need to achieve a solution through dialogue, according to council diplomats.

Diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity appeared surprised that Russian Federation would block condemnation that China, Pyongyang's ally, had been willing to support.

The disagreement with Russian Federation over the stronger language came ahead of a Security Council ministerial meeting next week on North Korea that will be chaired by US Secretary of States Rex Tillerson. The U.S. has invited foreign ministers from the 14 other council nations and many are expected to attend.

The paper, obtained by The Associated Press, says the North's latest actions "make clear that further global pressure is required for the DPRK to change its behavior if there is to be any hope for meaningful denuclearization talks to resume".

"North Korea is the most unsafe and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", Pence said on the deck of an American aircraft carried docked in Japan. Council members can also "recommit to implementing all existing and future sanctions to maximize pressure on the DPRK to return to meaningful negotiations on denuclearization", the paper says.

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