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10 August 2017, 01:27 | Rufus Hill
There's a lot of big talk coming from the Korean Peninsula
"The plan is to be soon reported to the Supreme Command soon after going through full examination and completion and will be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment once Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the nuclear force of the DPRK, makes a decision", an unidentified spokesman of the North's Korea People's Army said in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday North Korea "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it threatened the United States again. The newspaper said US intelligence officials have assessed that a decade after North Korea's first nuclear test explosion, Pyongyang has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, including by intercontinental missiles - the type capable of reaching the continental U.S.
But Tillerson says the current USA strategy is working.
"Talks", Tillerson said when asked if North Korea had a way out. After months of frustration over China's reluctance to pressure Pyongyang economically, the US on Saturday secured a unanimous U.N. Security Council vote to authorize sweeping new sanctions that target one-third of the North's exports.
To that end, Tillerson said there was still an off-ramp available to Pyongyang: A return to negotiations with the USA, a step that Tillerson has previously said can happen only if Kim Jong Un's government gives up its nuclear aspirations, starting with an extended pause in missile tests. The statement referred to a S. Korea-US joint air drill Tuesday, during which two B-1B Lancers and South Korean fighter jets flew over Korea.
The statement came hours after Trump made the "fire and fury" comments to a camera at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, after a report about the North's advancement in its nuclear weapons program.
The Washington Post is reporting that US intelligence officials assess that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.
Officials at the agency would not comment Tuesday.
The U.N. Security Council this weekend slapped its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea over its latest test of a ballistic missile that could be used to deliver a nuclear weapon.
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