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Trump calls Chinese envoy to North Korea ineffectual

04 December 2017, 01:45 | Myrtle Vega

GETTY ON THE BRINK South Korea carried out drills involving tanks in Paju

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     ON THE BRINK South Korea carried out drills involving tanks in Paju

After a two-and-a-half month pause in its rapid series of nuclear and missile tests, North Korea said it launched a "significantly more" powerful, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile.

Trump's tweets further inflamed tensions reignited this week after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in a "breakthrough" that put the USA mainland within range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

Under the previous administration of impeached President Park Geun-hye, Seoul reached a deal with Japan on December 2015 to end the so-called comfort women feud once and for all in exchange for Japan's state fund to support the Korean victims.

Reports have speculated the nuclear test site will have to close because of the tremors, but 38 North said "complete abandonment of the test site as a whole remains unlikely".

But her call for nations to "cut off all ties with North Korea" was rejected by Moscow, with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov saying Russian Federation saw the proposal "negatively".

President Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on November 9. The crisis, particularly, between Pyongyang and Washington reached its boiling point in September when US President Donald Trump threatened to destroy the Asian state, mocking the country's leader as "Little Rocket Man".

"We know they were building to this".

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U.S. sanctions against North Korea were bolstered last week after the Trump administration declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.

While Trump has been bellicose at times in rhetoric toward North Korea, Tillerson has persistently held out hopes for a return to dialogue if North Korea shows it is willing to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Trump has pledged more sanctions in response to the latest test and, at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting late Wednesday, the United States warned North Korea's leadership would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out.

A White House statement about the phone conversation between the U.S. and Chinese leaders said Mr Trump made clear "the determination of the United States to defend ourselves and our allies".

Experts say the height reached by the inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) indicates Washington could be within range, although North Korea is yet to prove it has reached its aim of miniaturising a nuclear warhead.

The US ambassador to the United Nations said the launch took the US "closer to war", but experts say the US may just have to accept North Korea as a nuclear state.

The US's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Wednesday said that the US was not seeking war with North Korea but that the latest launch "brings us closer to war".



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