North Korea Could Have Far More Nuclear Warheads Than Estimated

Faith Castro
April 20, 2017

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres separately said "everything" must be done to confront the threat from North Korea and ensure that its missile and nuclear programs do not pose an global threat.

US Vice President Mike Pence earlier vowed that the United States would counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

The UN Security Council has sanctioned North Korea for its pursuit of a nuclear weapons program.

Graham said he recommended Trump tell China that if Beijing doesn't stop Pyongyang from building a missile capable of striking America, the U.S.

The Republican House of Representatives speaker, on a visit to London, said: "Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilised nations can allow to happen".

"North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", Pence said on the deck of an American aircraft carried docked in Japan.

South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance. Every Republican and every Democrat has screwed up North Korea.

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The defence ministry said US and South Korean air forces were conducting an annual training exercise, codenamed Max Thunder, until April 28.

On Monday, Hwang and Pence reaffirmed their plans to go ahead with the THAAD, but the decision will be up to the next Korean president. "Now is the time to stop", he said.

Russian Federation has derailed a proposed UN Security Council statement that would have condemned North Korea's latest missile launch test, using its veto to torpedo the motion.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley separately stressed that the onus was on North Korea to prevent an escalation. We've said it as clearly as we can possibly say it.

On Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence told an audience of 2,500 US and Japanese military personnel on the flight of the USS Ronald Reagan that "storm clouds" are gathering on the horizon. "As President Trump has made clear to the world, the era of strategic patience is over".

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words.

"I think it's important that North Korea knows we're not trying to pick a fight, so don't try and give us one", she said.

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