Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Trump calls on UNSC to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea


Chinese President Xi Jinping, who spoke to Trump on Monday, is urging restraint from both Pyongyang and Washington.

Tensions with North Korea continued to escalate as the communist state conducted artillery drills today (April 25) while a USA submarine armed with cruise missiles docked at a South Korean base.

South Korea's navy said it was conducting a live-fire exercise with US destroyers in waters west of the Korean peninsula and would soon join the carrier strike group approaching the region.

Abe described his conversation with Trump as a "thorough exchange of views".

While US Naval Forces Korea called the visit "routine", a US defence official told CNN it was a show of force to North Korea.

"We will maintain close contact with the United States, keep a high level of vigilance and respond firmly", he said.

The moves to set up THAAD within this year have angered not only North Korea, but also China, the country that the Trump administration hopes to work with to rid the North of nuclear weapons.

South Korea's envoy, Kim Hong-kyun, said they had also discussed how to get Russia's help to press North Korea.

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Zhang Tuosheng, director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at the China Foundation for worldwide and Strategic Studies, said North Korea is bowing to pressure from China, the United States, China, South Korea and Japan.

A North Korea defence expert told the South China Morning Post it is because the country fears a radical opposition which it can not control.

North Korea's UN Mission says the government will react to "a total war" with the United States with a nuclear war.

US President Donald Trump says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not as strong as he thinks he is.

In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious USA missile defense system had been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power.

"The reality of today again proves the decision to strengthen nuclear power in quality and quantity under the banner of pursuing economic development and nuclear power was the correct one", the unidentified spokesman said in a statement issued by the North's state media.

Senior Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, will brief all 100 U.S. senators on the tense stand-off with North Korea at an extraordinary meeting at the White House tomorrow. She says the USA wants "to test that hypothesis to the maximum extent we can" for a peaceful resolution. He has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile and has said all options are on the table, including a military strike.

State-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said over the weekend in an editorial the country could sink a "nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike".

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