Military option for North Korea not the first one: Donald Trump

Military option for North Korea not the first one: Donald Trump

Military option for North Korea not the first one: Donald Trump

Even though China has supported a series of tough United Nations resolutions targeting North Korea's economy, many experts are skeptical that Chinese officials and companies are fully complying with the sanctions.

South Korea expects North Korea to engage in more provocative action next month to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of its communist party and China's all-important Communist Party Congress.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho responded to the comments this week, accusing Trump of effectively declaring war and said Pyongyang now had the right to shoot down USA military jets even if they do not cross into his country's airspace.

Twitter cited President Donald Trump's "newsworthiness" and the public interest as reasons why it declined to remove a tweet that added to the fiery rhetoric between the United States and North Korea.

In Moscow, Russia's Foreign Ministry said it was working behind the scenes to find a political solution and that using sanctions against North Korea was nearly exhausted.

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President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday that any U.S. military option would be "devastating" for Pyongyang, but said the use of force was not Washington's first option to deal with the country's ballistic and nuclear weapons programme.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reacts as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang July 25, 2013, as part of celebrations ahead of the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War.

On Tuesday, the administration designated eight North Korean banks, including Agricultural Development Bank, Cheil Credit Bank and International Industrial Bank.

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson will visit China from Thursday to Saturday for talks with senior officials that will include the crisis over North Korea and trade, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Calls for Twitter to curtail Trump's use of the platform are not new.

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Branches of China's biggest banks have told AFP that they have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, a measure that is not required under United Nations sanctions.

"We are opposed to any war on the Korean peninsula, and the worldwide community will never allow a war (which would) plunge people into an abyss of misery", foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.

"A war on the Korean Peninsula will have no victor, which will also be a tragedy for regional countries", Lu told reporters at a daily briefing.

During a visit to India, US defence secretary Jim Mattis said diplomatic efforts continued. "Like I've said multiple times before, if North Korea stops its reckless choices, the table for talks and negotiations always remains open", Moon said.

Trump spoke at a White House news conference Tuesday. The armistice of 1953 was simply a ceasefire and a state of war still technically exists.

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