'Bodies blown to bits': the depravity of Kim Jong

Frederick Owens
September 24, 2017

Abe said Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, consistently supported the USA stance that "all options are on the table" in dealing with North Korea.

The U.S. will impose new sanctions on North Korea, President Donald Trump said Thursday. She called on world powers to toughen their approach to President Kim Jong-un's actions.

The forceful rhetoric from Pyongyang came after Trump threatened to " totally destroy" North Korea in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

North Korea stunned the world after testing a hydrogen bomb five times more powerful than the Hiroshima nuke that killed 135,000 during World War 2.

The White House, in a statement, later said North Korea's energy, medical, mining, textiles and transportation industries were among those targeted and that the U.S. Treasury could sanction anyone who owns, controls or operates a port of entry in North Korea. Satellite photos of the area after the September 3 quake showed numerous landslides apparently caused by the massive blast, which North Korea said was an advanced hydrogen bomb.

In contrast, Japan's Asian rival China, and Russian Federation, have called repeatedly for a return to global diplomacy and talks with North Korea to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's weapons programs.

KCNA also published rare criticism of official Chinese media, saying comments on North Korea's nuclear program had damaged ties and suggested Beijing, its neighbor and only major ally, had sided with Washington.

Kim essentially says that he expected better of Trump. "This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean".

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"We will continue our efforts in the diplomatic arena, but all of our military options - as the president has said - is on the table", Tillerson said in an interview on ABC.

The latest threats of a bomb-and-missile test coming out of Pyongyang, as NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reported earlier this month, raises the specter not seen since the height of the Cold War.

The larger one had a 3.4 magnitude, the group's initial assessment found, which is much smaller than anything declared as a nuclear test in previous years.

The meeting took place after Trump's inaugural speech to the United Nations general assembly in NY.

The threat comes after US President Donald Trump said he would "totally destroy" North Korea.

The Pentagon said Saturday that B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in worldwide airspace over waters east of North Korea. Here's a rather ingenious take from a South Korean start-up, Geekble.

Foreign investors also seemed quite immune to Friday's fresh sabre-rattling from North Korea as they sold a relatively small net 5 billion won (S$5.95 million) worth of Kospi shares near mid-session.

It said the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Korea's "reckless behavior".

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