Japan rules out dialogue with North Korea after rocket fire
- Donald Trump branded Kim Jong-un’s act “threatening and destabilising” and the US has conducted its own missile test in the waters off Hawaii.
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May attacked the “outrageous” launch and called on China to curb North Korea’s warmongering when she arrived in Japan this morning.
9.45pm – North Korea are testing new missiles because Kim Jong-un believes the United States is waiting to invade their hermit nation, according to a foreign affairs expert Chris Ogden, who is a senior lecturer at the School of International Relations at St Andrews.
8.15pm – North Korea state media said the nation “can never stop bolstering up the nuclear deterrent”.
And added that “no one can guess when a nuclear war may break out”.
The statement from Kim’s mouthpiece added: “The USA’s more persistent moves to launch a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula would precipitate its final doom.”
6.06pm – Children are taught the US will destroy their nation in lessons at nursery school, it has been revealed.
Expert Sam Yoon, executive director of the influential Council of Korean Americans, said there is a serious cultural understanding gap between the USA and the North which needs to be addressed.
5.15pm – Seoul has revaled it is currently training special forces units to infiltrate Pyongyang and hunt down the dictator Kim Jong-Un and his closest advisers.
If war breaks out specialist troops have been given orders to assassinate the despot.
And the military has also been ordered to upgrade its air defences, as well as improve its ability to carry out airborne and sea landings.
3.00pm – US demands ‘concerted action’ to end North Korea’s threats
Donald Trump’s US disarmament envoy, has called for concerted action from the international community to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes.
Robert Wood, speaking in Geneva, told his international counterparts that the full enforcement of UN sanctions against Pyongyang by all members will achieve the “maximum pressure needed to bring North Korea into compliance”.
2.00pm – Trump tweets: “Talking is not the answer”
President Trump has taken to Twitter once again to ramp up tensions between the US and North Korea.
After visiting Texas yesterday as the US is battered by Storm Harvey, the President has turned his attention to foriegn relations once again.
He wrote: “The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!”
US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un have exchanged a series of threats
The US has conducted its own missile test just hours after North Korea launched a ballistic missile that flew over Japan before crashing into the sea.
A medium-range missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, during a flight test last night.
The target was successfully blasted out of the sky by SM-6 missiles, which were fired rom the USS John Paul Jones, one of the US Navy’s top destroyers.
Missile Defence Agency director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said: “We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone in giving our Aegis BMD ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase.
“We will continue developing ballistic missile defence technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves.”
Trump’s latest threat to Pyongyang
Kim was pictured lounging in a chair as he watched the missile launch several hundred yards away. His outdoor viewing area was adorned with a desk, map and binoculars.
Other photographs show the leader gazing upwards with military officials watching data on two computer screens behind him.
The path of North Korea’s latest missile – which crashed into the sea
Mr Taniguchi said Theresa May – who is visiting the country for three days of crucial trade and security talks – had an opportunity to “stand up tall” with Mr Abe against the nuclear threat.
Speaking on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, he said: “It is about a big picture for both countries to make sure that Britain and Japan could work more together for the international community to preserve the rules based in international order.
“North Korean crisis situation fits into that category rather ironically nicely because it’s going to be a golden opportunity for Theresa May and Shinzō Abe to stand up tall and make sure that North Korea’s provocations must continue to be condemned.
“Other than that, inviting North Korea at this moment for any dialogue, either with the United States or with other countries, is almost as if giving a trophy to a naughty boy in your neighbourhood.
“So that’s a non-starter”.
Moment North Korea launches missile over Japan
China’s and Russia’s UN ambassadors said they opposed any unilateral sanctions on North Korea, and typically only view long-range missile tests nuclear weapons tests as grounds to implement more sanctions.
Japan’s ambassador to the UN, Koro Bessho, told reporters: “I certainly hope that we’ll be able to have a strong resolution following up this … statement.”
Kim Jong-un vowed his recent missile launches were “the first step of the military operation of the Korean People’s Army in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam”.
He added that it is a “curtain-raiser of its resolute countermeasures” against the Seoul-Washington joint military drills.
Donald Trump reiterated that all options were still on the table for dealing with North Korea’s threats as he added the world had received Kim Jong-un’s message “loud and clear”.
Theresa May has claimed China must do more in the fight to stop North Korea developing nuclear weapons and carrying out provocative missile tests.
Arriving in Kyoto, the Prime Minister told reporters that Pyongyang’s missile launch – which flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido – was unacceptable.
Mrs May said: “The actions of North Korea, of DPRK, are illegal. They are significant actions of provocation.
“I think it’s outrageous. That’s why we will be working with our international partners, as we have done previously but we will be doubling our efforts with our international partners to put pressure on North Korea to stop these illegal activities.”