Monday, 19 November, 2018

North Korea vows to bolster its nuclear capability

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Glenn Montgomery | 01 January, 2018, 04:54

The U.S. and South Korea have maintained that they won't negotiate with the North unless it is willing to discuss curbing its nuclear weapons and missile program. "And I just don't see how - I don't see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point".

"The entire area of the USA mainland is within our nuclear strike range".

KIm said his country is "a responsible nuclear nation that loves peace".

"The US should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table", he said during the speech, as provisionally translated by the AP.

Mullen's warning about the possibility of war with North Korea was echoed by Republican Sen.

"We've got a chance here to deliver some fatal blows to some really bad actors in 2018".

The North will only use nuclear weapons if its security is threatened, he added.

This Nov. 29, 2017, file image provided by the North Korean government on Nov. 30, 2017, shows what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location in North Korea. "And the Iranians are watching how Trump deals with North Korea".

In a response to North Korea calling Trump's speech in South Korea "reckless remarks by an old lunatic", Trump tweeted from Hanoi on Sunday morning: "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old, ' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?'"

But in a typically aggressive tone, KCNA said Trump should "not expect any change in its policy" heading into 2018.

"Its entity as an invincible power can neither be undermined nor be stamped out", the article said. We have no sane options other than to accept North Korea as a member of the nuclear club.

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