United Kingdom considers options as North Korea threat grows

United Kingdom considers options as North Korea threat grows

"We want to continue to bring pressure on North Korea to ensure that they desist this action". President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" threats to use military force to disarm nuclear-armed North Korea have added to anxieties in the USA that the Republican leader's unpredictable demeanor could lead to disaster.

North Korea threatened earlier this month to fire a salvo of Hwasong-12s - the same missile it sent over Japan on Tuesday - to create "enveloping fire" near Guam.

At a press conference alongside Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister said the United Kingdom condemned the latest missile launch in the "strongest terms possible". "When they are ready to limit their provocative actions we may see this path for some sort of dialogue in the near future", Tillerson said a week ago.

Pyongyang has tested a barrage of missiles over the past years, but it is the first time it launches what is believed to be a ballistic missile over Japan.

In response, Trump threatened "fire and fury" against North Korea and has made deeply disputed claims about the US military's capabilities.

North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch over Japan was only fired at half its range, according to South Korea's defence ministry, the Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday (Aug 31).

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In August, North Korea's military announced that it had sent a plan to attack the United States island territory of Guam to the country's ruler, Kim Jong-un, for approval.

North Korea's open development of warheads that could threaten the U.S. have led to an increasingly strained relationship between Washington and Pyongyang - two capitals that had anything but a good relationship before.

The two leaders are expected to discuss the possibility of further sanctions on North Korea, May's office said.

Kim Jong Un said his nation has drawn a lesson "again that it should show action, not talk, to the US imprudently denying the (North's) initiative measure for easing the extreme tension" and stressed that it will continue to watch America's demeanor toward the North and decide its future actions accordingly. Some experts believe the next North Korean launches will be bolder unless Washington makes serious concessions.

"On a visit to Japan yesterday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said London and Tokyo would work together to pressure North Korea "including by increasing the pace of sanctions" against Pyongyang". -South Korean war games. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also called it an "unprecedented" threat to his country.

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