North Korea's ambassador meets with United Nations official after visit

North Korea's ambassador meets with United Nations official after visit”

North Korea's U.N. ambassador is calling the U.N. Security Council's ministerial meeting on its escalating nuclear and missile programs "a desperate measure plotted by the USA being terrified" by Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities.

South Korea's vice foreign minister says North Korea is "in the final stages of nuclear weaponization" and is urging the worldwide community to grasp the urgency of the threat this poses and find ways to halt its nuclear program.

Graham said in the interview that he and the President discussed North Korea during a round of golf on Sunday and the issue "comes up all the time". But the White House distanced itself from Tillerson's remarks and said that now is not the time for negotiations.

I know there's some reporting yesterday about Secretary Tillerson said we're open to initiating negotiations, but those negotiations are not - or talks, you know - would be, are not an end in and of themselves, and there would be no preconditions to those - when he said there will be no preconditions, what that means is, we're not going to alleviate, we're not going to relieve any pressure on North Korea or give in to any demands they might make for payoffs.

North Korea conducted missile tests at a steady pace since April, then paused in September after firing a rocket that passed over Japan's Hokkaido island.

Lindsey Graham offered a stunning prediction on Wednesday, estimating that there is a 30% chance President Donald Trump orders a first strike on North Korea to prevent the rogue nation from acquiring a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

"War with North Korea is an all-out war against the regime", he said, noting the extreme cost of a potential conflict on the Korean Peninsula. "And State Secretary Tillerson also emphasized that in order for dialogue with North Korea to resume, it has to stop its provocations". Some optimistic views labelled 75 days of silence as a positive signal.

Kim is in a race to develop a nuclear warhead for his missiles.

Tillerson was addressing the U.N. Security Council Friday.

In an attempt to force North Korea to abandon its banned nuclear and ballistic programs, the UN Security Council has decided on various sets of sanctions. When asked by the Hankyoreh for the White House's position on Tillerson's proposal, an official from the National Security Council said that the US's North Korean policy has not changed and that now is definitely not the time for dialogue.

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia warned of the danger of war over North Korea.

According to data by Statistics Korea, North Korea's nominal gross national income came to 36.37 trillion won last year, with its moribund economy growing 3.9 percent, rebounding from a 1.1-percent on-year contraction.

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