Korea Warns Japan of 'Imminent Self-Destruction'

Jon Howard
September 2, 2017

As North Korea grows increasingly bold by threatening USA territories and flying missiles over Japan, the United States has broken out for the first time its most advanced fighter, the F-35. North Korea hates such displays of US military might at close range and will likely respond with fury.

A new stamp issued in commemoration of the successful second test launch of the "Hwasong-14" intercontinental ballistic missile is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 31, 2017.

USA heavy bombers and stealth jet fighters delivered a show of force directed at North Korea in a live-fire drill Thursday, two days after Pyongyang's provocative test-launch of a ballistic missile that flew over northern Japan.

In Beijing, North Korea's ally China warned that war is not an option in finding a solution to the North's growing nuclear capabilities.

United States defence secretary Jim Mattis has refuted claims that he disagrees with President Donald Trump on the best strategy to handle tensions with North Korea, saying his comments were "widely misinterpreted".

The latest resolution, which aims to cut North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third, bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

In a phone call late Wednesday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov "underscored.the need to refrain from any military steps that could have unpredictable consequences", the foreign ministry in Moscow said.

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Pyongyang's testing of nuclear and ballistic missile technology is banned by the United Nations and is the subject of multiple global sanctions.

Earlier this month, North Korea produced six posters referencing the July launches, which experts believe are capable of reaching the us mainland.

The Trump administration is pursuing a diplomatic strategy to get North Korea to denuclearize, which involves building pressure and consensus at the United Nations; using tougher sanctions and enforcing existing ones; working with allies to also pressure North Korea; and increasing pressure on China - North Korea's main trading partner - to cooperate. "I agree it was a reckless, provocative act, firing that over Hokkaido".

Pyongyang had previously announced a plan to fire a salvo of missiles towards Guam.

His ministry, meanwhile, said the North is expected to continue its belligerence for the time being.

North Korean state media this week also repeated threats to the US Pacific island of Guam, which it called "an advanced base of invasion".

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