Trump warns USA 'locked and loaded' as North readies missiles

Trump warns USA 'locked and loaded' as North readies missiles

Trump warns USA 'locked and loaded' as North readies missiles

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday banning exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and seafood, which could slash Pyongyang's €2.5 billion export revenues by a third, severely restricting its access to vital foreign currency.

The new Security Council resolution, UNSCR 2371, tightens existing sanctions by imposing a full ban North Korea's export of coal, iron, seafood and other items to other countries; expands the list of individuals and entities subject to an asset freeze; and prohibits countries from increasing the number of North Korean laborers they employ - laborers whose earnings, the US says, boost revenues for the regime's illicit activities.

China will bear the main burden of enforcing sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear programme, foreign minister Wang Yi told an Asian security summit in Manila, while a scheduled meeting between Vietnam and China was cancelled over Beijing's disputed territorial claims.

North Korea sends workers to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Russia, China, and a slew of African countries.

A global pressure campaign on North Korea propelled by sharp new United Nations sanctions received a welcome boost Sunday from China, the North's economic lifeline, as Beijing called on its neighbor to halt its missile and nuclear tests.

Despite the strong posturing, North Korea has found itself increasingly isolated since it conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB) tests last month. "We must be tough and decisive!" Malaysia is one of several countries making it harder for North Koreans to enter the country.

As a matter of urgency, Ruggiero argued, the US should punish Chinese banks and companies helping North Korea evade sanctions. "We will not put our nuclear and ballistic missiles on the table".

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump's national security adviser, said in an interview Saturday on MSNBC that a military option was still under consideration for dealing with the North Korean threat, but that the United States and its allies wanted first to exhaust all other options to resolve the standoff with Pyongyang peacefully.

And if that wasn't clear enough, last month, the isolated Asian nation tested intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that experts say could reach USA shores, specifically Alaska.

There was no direct reaction from North Korea to the remarks but in a statement after the U.S. secretary of state made his comments, Pyongyang responded robustly to the new sanctions by saying it would exact "thousands-fold revenge" on America.

Pakistan resorts to heavy firing and shelling along LoC in J&K
He further said, " Pakistan Army again initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Krishna Ghati sector at around 5 pm". Till August 1 this year, there have been 285 instances of ceasefire violation by the Pakistani forces.

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Greeting them on the North Korean side are dozens of tour buses, collecting them for itineraries ranging from a day in neighbouring Sinijiu to a week visiting North Korea's main cities, including the capital Pyongyang.

"Just completed call with President Moon (Jae-in) of South Korea".

The resolution also prohibits any new joint business ventures with North Koreans, limits existing ones and blacklists 13 new North Korean individuals and entities, including its primary foreign exchange bank.

A similar stance was also emphasized in an earlier statement made via the North Korean regime's official KCNA news agency, in which the North threatened to take "righteous action" and make the U.S. "pay the price for its crime... thousands of times" for drafting the sanctions. Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any US military action.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha urged Ri on Sunday to respond as soon as possible to an offer to resume talks between the two countries, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an unidentified foreign ministry official from Seoul.

China urged restraint from the USA and South Korea as well, calling on all sides to negotiate.

Wang said Tillerson's "Four Nos" promise was a positive signal. But Wang also called on the United States to dial back the tension.

The sanctions also bar countries from employing North Korean laborers commissioned to work overseas.

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