BREAKING NUCLEAR NEWS Out Of North Korea

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North Korea has vowed to continue strengthening their nuclear programs in response to what they deem “U.S. hostility and aggression.”

North Korea’s deputy U.N. envoy, Kim In Ryong told reporters that the U.S.’ hostile policy towards North Korea is “the root of all problems” and that putting a definite end to this would be a “prerequisite for solving all problems on the Korean peninsula,” Reuters reports.

North Korea announced that it had successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test that has the capability to carry a “large scale heavy nuclear warhead” that could strike America which experts say was a “significant advance” for their weapons program.

The test triggered a new U.S.-backed push for a fresh round of U.N. sanctions against the North.

Kim praised the test launch and said that regardless of U.S. sanctions, Pyongyang would never abandon its “nuclear deterrence for self-defense and pre-emptive strike capability,” Fox News reports.

At the Pentagon, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the recent missile test showed North Korea isn’t complying with pressure from the international community.

He stressed the need for a peaceful resolution, stating that a military solution to the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.”.

“If this goes to a military solution it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale, and so our effort is to work with the U.N., work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation,” Mattis said.

Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a “major, major conflict” with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programs.

All 15 members of the U.N. Security Council this week called the launch a violation of existing sanctions and vowed to take new measures, including additional sanctions.

President Trump is looking to both China and Russia, the two permanent members on the Security Council, to join the U.S.-backed campaign of diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to get it to denuclearize.

The White House said that Washington maintains its “ironclad commitment” to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea and added that the latest “provocation” should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has called North Korean ballistic and nuclear efforts unacceptable, but he has swung between threats of military action and offers to talk as it formulates a policy.

On Saturday, a top North Korean diplomat in charge of U.S. relations, Choe Son Hui, told reporters in Beijing that Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations “if the conditions are set.” She did not elaborate.

The launch came as troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations gather near Guam for drills that are partly a message to North Korea. The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft supercarrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul’s Defense Ministry.

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As AFF has been reporting, tensions between North Korea and the U.S. have escalated for a lot of reasons.

North Korea threatened to “ruthlessly punish” U.S. citizens that they have unlawfully detained. Four Americans have been detained.

The dangerous threat comes on the heels of the announcement that they detained a fourth U.S. citizen for unspecified “acts of hostility aimed at overthrowing the country.”

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The State Department was unable to comment specifically on the cases of the four Americans who have allegedly been arrested by the North Korean government.

“In regards to reports of recently detained U.S. citizens,” the State Department said, “we have no further comment due to privacy considerations.”

Also, Congress overwhelming voted to impose new sanctions on N.Korea for their continuous missile launches, which they aren’t happy about.

The committee of the North’s Supreme People’s Assembly denounced the sanctions as “the most heinous act against humanity that not only infringes upon the sacred sovereignty of (North Korea) but also arbitrarily violates universal principles of sovereign equality and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries which run through the United Nations Charter.”

And, North Korea accused U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and South Korean intelligence services of plotting to assassinate dictator Kim Jong Un with a “biochemical substance.”

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