North Korea tells United Nations chief nuclear programme not up for negotiation

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"As long as the US hostile policy and nuclear threat continue, the DPRK. will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiation table or flinch an inch from the road chosen by itself, the road of bolstering up the state nuclear force", Kim told Guterres according to an account of the phone call given by the North Korea U.N. mission.

"The people worked together to rebuild the country from the Korean War, and we can not lose everything again because of a war", Moon said during a Thursday news conference.

"Miniaturisation for ballistic missiles is only one of the many challenges of targeting the US with an ICBM", said David Albright, a physicist and founder of the non-profit Institute for Science and International Security in Washington. "But we don't need to be impatient", Moon said.

North Korea on August 8 announced plans for a ballistic missile test that would strike near the USA territory of Guam, and Trump warned that the US would respond to a North Korean attack with "fire and fury like the world has never seen". "It's a firm agreement between South Korea and the United States", Moon said.

"As long as the USA hostile policy and nuclear threat continue, the DPRK, no matter who may say what, will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiation table or flinch an inch from the road chosen by itself, the road of bolstering up the state nuclear force", ambassador Kim said.

The U.S. military describes the software behind the drills as "state-of-the-art wargaming computer simulations".

North Korea's threats against Guam and its advancing missile capabilities, highlighted by a pair of intercontinental ballistic missile flight tests in July, have raised security jitters among many South Korean who worry that a fully functional ICBM in Pyongyang would force the United States to rethink whether to trade NY or Washington for Seoul in the event of a war on the peninsula.

"No one can make a decision on military action on the Korean peninsula without our agreement", he said. A miscalculation on either side could lead to military confrontation.

"North Korea must understand that it is because of its repeated provocations that South Korea and the US have to conduct defensive exercises, which in turn keeps the vicious cycle going", Moon was quoted as saying at a Cabinet meeting on Monday by Yonhap News Agency.

"A resolution of the North Korea nuclear issue by military force is completely unacceptable and the peninsula's nuclear issue must be peacefully resolved by political and diplomatic methods", Lavrov was quoted as saying.

Tensions between the two nations have grown in recent weeks, forcing China to step in and urge restraint.

The despot leader has been up-in-arms since learning of the military drills, viewing them as a practice for invasion.

The United States had been conducting regular "command and control" drills in the years following the 1950-53 Korean War, but combined exercises with the South Korean military following the failed raid, in which all but two of the North Korean commandos were killed.

Dunford was responding to questions about Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon's comments in an interview published Wednesday.

China could also play a role in making sure the North sticks to any agreement in much the same way as the West negotiated with Iran, allowing Iran to trade and sell to the world while scaling back its nuclear programme.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest level in decades and it's important "to dial down the rhetoric and to dial up diplomacy".

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