Monday, June 5, 2017

North Korea VS USA LIVE: Updates on North Korea as US pushes for sanctions – latest news

NORTH Korea gleefully rejected UN sanctions pushed by the US as regime leader Kim Jong-un vows to continue the proliferation of nuclear ballistic missiles. Here are live updates and the latest breaking news as the Korean Peninsula sits on the “brink of war”.5.10pm: A proposed South Korean energy u-turn would see the country head towards the use of more green energy sources.

The new left-leaning administration under President Moon Jae-in is responding to public concerns about pollution.

"The government can't neglect people's demands and in the long term it's right to pursue clean and safe energy. But there will be many challenges," said Sonn Yang-Hoon, Economics Professor at Incheon National University.

4.20pm BST: Russia has denounced North Korea’s nuclear missile programme as “direct threat” to the country.

"It is not only a ballistic missile defence system - it has real function," said Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin.

"That is why it is alarming. And it is a direct threat to Russia.

“We are convinced that it will increase the tensions of the region. That is our principle position."

Mr Fomin also suggested economic restrictions should be used to invoke diplomatic and peaceful results from Pyongyang.

3pm BST: North Korea’s state owned Rodong Sinmun newspaper declared yesterday that the regime was "ready to conduct an ICBM test-fire at any time."

The editorial’s threats come after the US successfully intercepted and destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile in a test on Tuesday.

Pyongyang’s ninth missile test this year forced the US to ramp up its defence measures.

12.20pm BST: North Korea has fully rejected the latest sanction from the United Nations and has vowed to continue the development of its nuclear weapons programme.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry conformed the regime’s unflinching commitment to defending itself against “acts of hostility”.

"Whatever sanctions and pressure may follow, we will not flinch from the road to build up nuclear forces which was chosen to defend the sovereignty of the country and the rights to national existence and will move forward towards the final victory," a spokesman said.

North Korea has rejected all UN sanctions dating back to  2006.