Japan FM urges countries to cut ties with North Korea

Emilio Banks
September 24, 2017

Kim on September 22 said Trump should "exercise prudence in selecting words and be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world". "Dotard" was the official English translation provided by state news agency KCNA for the Korean "늙다리미치광이" ("neulg-dali-michigwang-i"), which literally translates as "old lunatic".

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stand while waiting for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to their talks at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017.

In a series of meetings this week at the United Nations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reiterated to various foreign counterparts that apart from sanctions, the resolutions also call for dialogue to resume and that this needs to happen.

Sanctions are meant to stop North Korea from developing its nuclear weapons program, but Kim Jong Un said in his statement that Trump's United Nations speech convinced him he is on the right path and will not end the weapons program.

South Korea's weather service, however, said the minor quake was natural.

Moon, of South Korea, praised Trump's hardline stance on Pyongyang, and his general assembly speech.

Trump has traded rhetorical barbs with North Korea as those tests were carried out.

Hours after the United States announced its toughest economic sanctions yet on North Korea, Kono said that more than 160 countries had diplomatic relations with Kim Jong-Un's regime.

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"Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!", he wrote on Twitter.

North Korea continued to flex its military power with another missile test last week. In two July flight tests, those missiles showed potential capability to reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.

She said Kim's aim in developing nuclear weapons is "to fulfill a long-term desire on the part of the North Korean regime to reunify the Korean Peninsula under the Kim family regime and proliferate these weapons and blackmail other countries".

North Korea's communist dictatorship shocked the world earlier this month with the test of a new nuclear bomb, which is estimated to have been multiple times stronger than the atomic weapons used on Japan in World War II, and its launch of two ballistic missiles over Japan in less than a month.

Mr Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea and impose new sanctions had "convinced" him he was right to continue developing nuclear weapons, Mr Kim said. Then when asked if diplomacy was still a possible, he said: "Why not?" The wealthy bloc agreed to a ban on investments in North Korea and European Union exports of oil to the regime, diplomatic sources said in Brussels.

However, the rhetoric was starting to rattle some in other countries.

South Korea, Russia and China all urged calm.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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