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North Korea threatens US, Japan over United Nations sanctions

15 September 2017

"The yield of the test clearly shows North Korean progress in increasing the yields of their nuclear weapons", the analysts said.

The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which handles Pyongyang's external ties and propaganda, also singled out Tokyo for "dancing to the tune" of the US-led resolution.

"Such activity, coming shortly after the largest underground nuclear test conducted at Punggye-ri to date (via the North Portal), suggests that onsite work could now be changing focus to further prepare those other portals for future underground nuclear testing", the report says. "I think President Trump wanted to emphasize that not only South Korea and the United States but also China and Russian Federation all need to respond very firmly toward the North's nuclear provocations".

"However the worldwide community will never accept a nuclear North Korea and in particular my country will never accept a nuclear North Korea", he said.

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Suga said the North's statement "significantly escalates tensions in the region".

The U.S. State Department says that Washington will not give up on using diplomacy to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

The sanctions were unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council this week after North Korea's sixth, and possibly most powerful, nuclear test this month.

"I don't think, unfortunately, there is no way to stop them", Lankov said.

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A few hundred North Koreans now work in the European Union, many of them in Poland.

According to the statement, both leaders agreed to work together to deal with the current serious situation and called on the global community to rigorously and fully implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions to maximise pressure on North Korea.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks in London with senior British and French officials on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

The sanctions, which also make it illegal for foreign firms to form commercial agreements with North Korean organisations, were approved by all 15 members of the Security Council, including China and Russian Federation.

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The caving in of land at the site, however, may not have been the result of the estimated 4.9-magnitude natural disaster that took place 8 minutes after the test, the analysts say. "It's a very reckless choice made by North Korea that is not helpful to North Korea itself or inter-Korean relations and threatens world peace".

North Korea threatens US, Japan over United Nations sanctions