PH to North Korea: Stop 'provocative' missile tests, start peace talks

PH to North Korea: Stop 'provocative' missile tests, start peace talks

"To the contrary, it just adds to tensions and makes achieving the goal of de-nuclearization on the peninsula appear more complicated and hard to resolve", the Chinese official added, responding to a question about Mattis' comments at a regular briefing.

The statement, backed by the North's key ally China, did not threaten Pyongyang with further sanctions but stressed that all countries must "fully, comprehensively and immediately" implement all the Security Council resolutions against North Korea.

Vietnam is deeply concerned about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan's airspace on September 15, which seriously violated relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and increased tension in the region, Spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang has said.

The missile on Friday traveled 2,300 miles as it flew over Japan on Friday before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean.

Asked whether there were any military options the United States could take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk, Mattis said: "Yes there are".

The missile launch drew global condemnation, including from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, China, Russia, the US, Japan, Germany and France.

In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano urged North Korea to "cease its provocative and highly unsafe actions that threaten the peace, stability and security of the region".

Mattis also said that Trump had been briefed on various military options available to the United States.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley repeated McMaster's position, saying that the North continues to be "provocative" and "reckless".

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"Honestly, I think the United States should be doing. much more than now, so that there's real effective worldwide cooperation on this issue", China's ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, said on Friday. "They should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation", he said, while adding that China would never accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state.

The bellicose exchange of rhetoric between the US President and the North Korean leader indicates a sort of "game of chicken", Dr. Jaechun Kim, a Professor of Political Science at Songang University, told Sputnik. North Korea claimed the test was a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb.

The resolution was the eighth against Pyongyang since 2006.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano conveys the ASEAN position on North Korea's missile tests to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a meeting on August 7, 2017.

Ellsworth now has several bombers and about 300 airmen deployed to the Pacific island of Guam; flying missions to support US and allied interests in the region.

Punitive measures have so far failed to stop the North's nuclear weapons program.

On the day of the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary, two Ellsworth B-1 bombers are once again flying show of force missions near North Korea.

The sanctions are supposed to hit 90 per cent of North Korean exports, the money from which it uses it finesse its nuclear-missile programme.

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