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NKorea Threat 'Critical, Imminent', Japan Warns US, SKorea


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The threat from North Korea has grown to a "critical and imminent level" and the United States, Japan and South Korea must address the matter, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his US and South Korean counterparts in talks on Monday.

Onodera's remarks underscored the deep concern in Tokyo after North Korean weapons tests, including test firing missiles over Japan, as Pyongyang seeks to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States.

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Trump To Press China On North Korea, Trade On Beijing Visit


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US President Donald Trump will urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea and take other steps to pressure Pyongyang when he travels to China next month, a senior White House official said on Monday.

Isolating North Korea further is a key goal for Trump on what will be his longest foreign trip to date. His Nov. 3-14 trip will include visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation


John Kerry,Ending Iran nuclear deal

U.S. President Donald Trump risks driving Iran toward nuclear proliferation and worsening a standoff with North Korea if Washington ends a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

Kerry, who negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, was speaking a week after Trump refused to certify that Tehran was in compliance, amid growing tensions with Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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Missile test fears as North Korea marks key party anniversary


Missile test fears as North Korea marks key party anniversary

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have soared in recent months with Pyongyang launching a flurry of missiles and conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in defiance of multiple sets of UN sanctions. 

North Korea often uses provocative tests to mark key historical commemorations and the country is celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party today. 

A spokesman for the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said its military was closely monitoring the movements of the North Korean army and maintaining full readiness. 

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North Korea unlikely to give up nukes if Iran deal fails


North Korea unlikely to give up nukes if Iran deal fails

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned the US against breaking the nuclear deal with Iran, since it would make North Korea unlikely to agree to any international deals concerning its nuclear program.
“Our big concern is, with regard to North Korea, that it is very unlikely the North Korean dictatorship is ready to agree to an international agreement to renounce the building of nuclear weapons if the only agreement in the world that has allowed such a renunciation is at the same time called into question,” Reuters quoted Gabriel as saying.

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White House again rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear issue


White House again rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear issue

“We’ve been clear that now is not the time to talk,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, reiterating a tweet from President Donald Trump at the weekend that was seen as undercutting Tillerson.

“The only conversations that have taken place were that ... would be on bringing back Americans who have been detained,” Sanders said. “Beyond that, there will be no conversations with North Korea at this time.”

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North Korea threatens Japan with nuclear destruction


North Korea threatens Japan with nuclear destruction

North Korea on Tuesday threatened Japan with  nuclear destructions in response to Tokyo's attempts to convince the international community to reject dialogue in favour of applying more pressure on Pyongyang.

In an article released by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang responded to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech at the UN General Assembly last month, in which he called for "pressure, not dialogue" to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

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Trump says he ‘won’t fail’ with North Korea


Trump says he ‘won’t fail’ with North Korea

 “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man. Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” Mr. Trump said in a series of tweets.

“Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump had earlier also referred to the North Korean leader as ‘Rocket Man’.

In his tweets, Mr. Trump went public in differing with Mr. Tillerson on having talks with North Korea.

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North Korea, US Rhetoric 'Too Dangerous' - Says China's UN Envoy


 North Korea, US Rhetoric 'Too Dangerous'  -     Says China's UN Envoy

Reacting to remarks by North Korea's foreign minister on Monday, China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi told Reuters the escalating rhetoric between North Korea and the United States was getting too dangerous and the only solution was negotiations.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho told reporters that President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US bombers even if not in its air space.

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New US Travel Ban ; North Korea, Venezuela, Chad Among 8 Countries


 New US Travel Ban

President Donald Trump issued a new travel ban Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities.

Trump ordered the new restrictions to replace an expiring measure that had locked him into political and legal battles over what critics alleged was an effort to block Muslims from entry into the country since he took office in January.

"Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," Trump said in a tweet.

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