Donald Trump promises extra sanctions for North Korea after missile test

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The US President said North Korea’s latest “provocative actions” where it carried out another missile test would be “handled”.

Donald Trump has promised further sanctions are to be imposed on North Korea following the rogue state’s latest missile test.

Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile early on Wednesday morning local time, claiming that it was the most powerful weapon it had ever tested and that it was capable of “striking the whole US mainland”.

Mr Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the launch, adding that “major sanctions” would be imposed.

He said: “Just spoke to President XI JINPING of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!”
A White House statement about the phone conversation said President Trump made clear “the determination of the United States to defend ourselves and our allies.”

He also “emphasised the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearisation.”

Speaking in Washington during a meeting with the visiting crown prince of Bahrain on Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States may target additional financial sanctions.

He added that the Government would “keep working” to resolve the tensions peacefully, and a US official said they did not think North Korea “could successfully nuke the US at this time”.
North Korea’s first test since mid-September – which they described as “a special gift” for the US leader – came a week after Mr Trump declared it was a designated state sponsor of terrorism, allowing him to impose what he said would be a number of “very large” extra sanctions.

The missile fired on Wednesday flew 590 miles (950km) to an altitude of 2,781 miles (4,475km) for 53 minutes – more than 10 times the height of the International Space Station.

North Korea said its nuclear weapons pose no threat to any country as long as its own interests are not infringed upon.

In an address by veteran newsreader Ri Chun Hee, Pyongyang added the missile was developed to “defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country from the US imperialists’ nuclear blackmail policy and nuclear threat”.
South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, said he was worried the growing threat could force the US to attack the North.

“We must stop a situation where North Korea miscalculates and threatens us with nuclear weapons or where the United States considers a pre-emptive strike,” he said.

The UN Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the missile test following requests from the US and Japan.

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