Will strike 'heart of US' if Kim regime threatened: Pyongyang

Will strike 'heart of US' if Kim regime threatened: Pyongyang

An unidentified Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday that Washington believes North Korea may launch an intermediate-range missile or Hwasong-14 type of an inter-continental ballistic missile on July 27, ironically, to mark the date of signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement of July 27, 1953.

Trump's administration is also considering other economic steps including "secondary sanctions" that could target companies and banks - mostly in China - that do even legitimate business with North Korea, officials said.

China is by far the largest trading partner of North Korea.

"We're constantly in touch with China".

Such sanctions were not conducive to mutual trust and cooperation between China and the US, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a press briefing.

"The true test will be what they've worked out with Russian Federation", she said.

On Friday, it was made public by Hawaiian state Emergency Management Agency to educate people of the state in order to live under any kinds of missile attacks from the North, which includes its ICBM.

China's ambassador was quoted to have said that they are making progress on the resolution, which is to be submitted to the UN Security Council.




The U.S.is interested in a diplomatic solution, but North Korea does not trust the U.S.to keep its word due to its wartime worldview.

Speaking to a US Senate Foreign Affairs subcommittee Tuesday, Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of the State Department's East Asia bureau, said "the Chinese are now very clear that we're going to go after Chinese entities if need be".

"Once war breaks out, we should also consider setting up an worldwide refugee camp in North Korean territory to prevent the influx of North Korean refugees", said Wang in an op-ed in the state-owned Global Times.

North Korea could be able to strike the United States with nuclear weapons a whole lot sooner than previously believed, the Washington Post reports. But earlier this month she told the Security Council that if it is united, the global community can cut off major sources of hard currency to North Korea, restrict oil to its military and weapons programs, increase air and maritime restrictions and hold senior officials accountable. Nobody knows the real level of trade since many goods go via third countries, though it may be worth $500 million, according to Toloraya.

"If any situation of violating of the UNSC resolutions happen, we will deal with the issue by ourselves based on the Chinese domestic laws".

"They're on track to do that, essentially, this week", said a US official familiar with the intelligence report who, like others, insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive military assessments.

The North last week refused to respond to the South's offer to open dialogue to ease tension.

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