Monday, August 14, 2017

North Korea v USA news live: Kim Jong-un recalls ambassadors as Trump issues threats

NORTH Korea has recalled top ambassadors for an emergency meeting in Pyongyang after Donald Trump ramped up the war of words between the US and Kim Jong-un's regime.
2.30pm: North Korea warns war would ’spread into nuclear war

North Korea reiterated its threats with its official KCNA news agency saying "war cannot be blocked by any power if sparks fly due to a small, random incident that was unintentional".

"Any second Korean War would have no choice but to spread into a nuclear war," it said in a commentary.

2pm: Photos reveal America and Japan war games

US and Japanese tanks have been photographed taking part in a joint exercise in Eniwa, on the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan. 1.55pm: China imposes sanctions on North Korea

China's Commerce Ministry issued a ban effective from Tuesday on several imports from North Korea, including coal, iron ore, lead concentrates and ore, lead and seafood.

The Chinese government said any cargoes already on their way to China would be cleared by customs as usual before the U.N. sanctions deadline.

UN sanctions must be implemented 30 days after the resolution was approved in a vote on August 6.

1.50pm: Ukraine denies supplying defence technology to North Korea

Ukraine has it had never supplied defence technology to North Korea, responding to a New York Times article which quoted experts saying North Korea may have purchased rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory.

"Ukraine has never supplied rocket engines or any kind of missile technology to North Korea," the secretary of Ukraine's Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, said.
1.30pm: Military options being prepared if sanctions fail: US general

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford said US military options being prepared against North Korea would be for when diplomatic and economic sanctions failed, South Korea's president's office said.

The Marine Corps General made the comments to South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a 50-minute meeting in Seoul, office spokesman Park Su-hyun said.

General Dunford, who also met Defence Minister Song Young-moo , is due to leave South Korea later today and will make stops in China and Japan this week.

12.30pm: North Korean defector gives harrowing account

A defector from North Korea has given a harrowing account of what it is like to live under despot leader Kim Jong-un as he threatens to attack the US.

The man, who asked for anonymity, said he feels sorry for North Koreans stuck inside the country as they will be “cannon fodder” in any war.

“If you criticise Kim Jong-un you will go to a prison camp and not come back,” he told Sky News.

11.40am: Donald Trump to focus on 'trade and military'

Donald Trump tweeted: "Heading to Washington this morning. Much work to do. Focus on trade and military."
11am: North Korea recalls top ambassadors to Pyongyang

Top North Korean ambassadors overseas have been recalled to Pyongyang for a joint meeting, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

“North Korea seems to be hosting what appears to be a meeting of foreign diplomatic missions' chiefs after calling its ambassadors to major countries back to Pyongyang,” a South Korean government official said.

10am: South Korea: ‘There must be no more war’

South Korea's Sresident Moon Jae-in, who has only been in office since May, said: "There must be no more war on the Korean Peninsula.
Whatever ups and downs we face, the North Korean nuclear situation must be resolved peacefully.

"I am certain the United States will respond to the current situation calmly and responsibly in a stance that is equal to ours."

9am: Top US official plays down war threat

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster played down the risk on Sunday of the rhetoric escalating into conflict.

"I think we're not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago," Mr McMaster told ABC News' "This Week".

8am: Scaramucci: Tump has ‘dramatic solution’ on North Korea

Donald Trump has a “dramatic solution” on the table if diplomacy fails to solve the North Korea crisis, according to his former White House director of communications.

Anthony Scaramucci said: “I think the first solution we should be seeking is always a diplomatic solution.

“I think there is a more dramatic solution there for Donald Trump, if necessary.