India, Japan slam North Korea's nuclear programme

Marie Harrington
September 15, 2017

While it was impossible to put a number on the scale of the North Korea risk, war games carried out through history have simulated what could happen as a result, said Tina Fordham, managing director and chief global analyst at Citi. On August 29, North Korea launched a missile over Japan's Northern island of Hokkaido, landing 733 miles to the East.

The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously on a US-drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions on Monday, banning North Korea's textile exports that are the second-largest only to coal and mineral, and capping fuel supplies.

On the same day, South Korea announced it had conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile that would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of crisis. The North Korean statement also called for the breakup of the U.N. Security Council, calling it "a tool of evil" and comprised of "money-bribed" nations.

Threat to turn U.S. to "ashes" and sink Japan "into the sea" with nuclear bomb follows adoption of latest United Nations sanctions.

It's unclear what exactly that extra action would be - or if Trump will choose to heighten tensions even further after these recent comments.

"The adoption of sanctions resolution against my country is an extreme manifestation of US intention to eliminate at any cost the ideology, social system of DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and its people", the ambassador said while addressing other state representatives in Geneva.

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North Korea also uses trusted agents and third party companies located in other countries to facilitate prohibited trade.

That helps explain why the Trump administration feels the North Korean threat is so urgent. But as my colleague Zack Beauchamp has reported, most experts think North Korea won't give up its bombs because the regime feels its nuclear arsenal is the only thing deterring countries, especially the United States, from overthrowing it.

Punggye-ri in Kilju County, North Hamgyong province, is North Korea's only known nuclear test site.

The report did not offer details, but said that Choe Kang-il, deputy Director General for North American affairs at the North Korean Foreign Ministry, and Evans Revere, a former senior official at the State Department, had raised North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

Seoul apparently notified Tokyo, Washington and others of its deliberations.

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