Trump Urges 'Stronger Sanctions' on N. Korea's 'Nuclear, Ballistic Missile Programs'

United States President Donald Trump on Monday called for United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to sanction against the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes of North Korea.

"What we need to do is put all the pressure we can on the neighborhood, and particularly on China, to then put all the pressure they can on North Korea to head in another direction", says Blunt.

North Korea marked its most recent holiday, the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, on April 15 with a massive military parade, a video featuring a simulated nuclear strike on an American city, and a missile test.

Xi told Trump in their latest telephone conversation that China resolutely opposed any actions that ran counter to U.N. Security Council resolutions, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Last week, Vice President Pence visited South Korea and Japan, warning that the US response to any use of weapons by North Korea would be "overwhelming and effective".

"We're not going to do anything unless he gives us a reason to do something".

"This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not".

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The paper also said that North Korea has weapons that could reach the continental US and has a hydrogen bomb.

Trump's comments are being seen as another warning that the global community, including the US, is ready to respond to the regime's nuclear provocations.

North Korea has been aggressively pursuing a decades-long goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, capable of reaching the US mainland. Xi Jinping said he opposes any missile test by Pyongyang.

The company, Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, based in Kobe, western Japan, also has sold out of 50 Swiss-made air purifiers, which are said to keep out radiation and poisonous gas, and is trying to get more, said Nobuko Oribe, the company's director.

In a show of force the United States has dispatched the Carl Vinson warship group to the region.

South Korea says a US nuclear-powered submarine has docked in the southern port of Busan, but it isn't expected to participate in joint naval exercises with South Korea.

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President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping might have discussed the so-called big deal bilaterally. Asked what North Korea must do, he repeated that " all options are on the table, and there they will remain".

Pyongyang said Sunday it was poised to destroy the USS Carl Vinson if provoked when the aircraft carrier and its armada arrive at the Korean Peninsula.

Instead of taking a step back, North Korea doubled-down its threat against the United States.The official newspaper of the North Korea's ruling Worker's Party recently warned of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" that could reduce the USA mainland into ashes.

"There is no limit to the strike power of the People's Army armed with our style of cutting-edge military equipment including various precision and miniaturized nuclear weapons and submarine-launched ballistic missiles", the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a front-page editorial.

The entire U.S. Senate has been summoned for a White House briefing Wednesday on the North Korea situation, administration officials confirmed.

Fears of a possible gas attack have grown in Japan after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliament session that North Korea may possess the capacity to deliver missiles equipped with sarin gas.

North Korea watchers were surprised earlier in the month when another set of photographs picked up that people were playing volleyball games at three different locations on Punggye-ri.

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"What the Secretary is going to be looking at and conveying to the other members of the Security Council on Friday ... is that there are already very strong sanctions in place against North Korea and it is incumbent on every member of the U.N.to carry out there to enforce those sanctions to the utmost", Toner said.

  • Kelly Blake