N. Korea threats will be met with 'fire and fury'

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US defense officials have said there are few good military options to deal with North Korea. But North Korea boasted that its latest missile test in late July showed the world that the "entire US mainland is in our firing range".

The tensions between North Korea and the United States spurred a broad market sell-off in USA stocks. He urged North Korea to first halt tests for an "extended period", however often such confidence-building measures have failed.

Niki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, stated that the Security Council had lived up to its role by backing the sanctions. Triggering an economic meltdown in North Korea would inevitably produce a spillover effect in China, he said. By allowing Resolution 2371 to take effect, both countries are likely to have calculated that the Trump administration will be less likely to proceed with secondary sanctions against Russian and Chinese entities and individuals associated with North Korea's ballistic and nuclear programmes.

There is also the question of why China and Russian Federation eventually acquiesced to the US-drafted resolution in the first place. It was a question driving the hallway chatter at the gathering, but the US shot down that prospect and said Tillerson had no plans to interact with Ri.

And the editorial itself sounded a resigned note about what will happen now that the sanctions have been passed: "Judging from past experience, the North Korean side will prepare a tough response to the resolution, and the US, Japan, and other countries will use the chance to conduct military activities, which will directly cause the situation to escalate". North Korea has launched more than a dozen test missiles this year.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to have dropped a condition for direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

"Now the USA mainland is on the crossroads of life and death", the commentary warned.

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The latest United Nations resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

Whatever the economic pain on Pyongyang, Kim's government has expressed no interest in negotiating away its fast-growing arsenal of perhaps 20 nuclear bombs and the ballistic missiles needed to deliver them.

The question of whether Beijing would go along with much harsher sanctions against North Korea was answered this weekend.

The U.N. penalties aim to cut off roughly $1 billion of North Korea's estimated $3 billion in annual exports, by banning countries from importing its coal, iron, lead and seafood products, and stopping them from letting in more North Korean laborers, who help Kim's government by sending cash home. Experts on the crisis repeated a call made by the Trump administration in recent months: China, North Korea's top trading partner and protector, must step in.

Trump's initial optimism about China's willingness to help gave way to public exasperation, with Trump saying Chinese President Xi Jinping had "tried" but that it "has not worked out".

China, Pyongyang's biggest supporter, on Sunday urged North Korea to halt its testing. While the USA position is that North Korea must ultimately give up its nukes, the North insists it must keep them. That came a day after China and Russian Federation joined with the United States in a unanimous U.N. Security Council vote approving the toughest economic sanctions yet against the increasingly isolated regime.

"South Korea's security can not be built on a foundation of China not being secure", Wang said over the weekend. Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, told the UN Security Council on Saturday that the United States would continue its annual joint military exercises with South Korea, and "take prudent defensive measures to protect ourselves and our allies". "It is also China".

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