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United States considers shooting down NK missiles that don't pose a direct threat

20 September 2017, 12:43 | Darrell Baldwin

N. Korea leader says he will complete nuke program

National security advisor H.R. Mc Master speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington

North Korea is "intentionally doing provocations that seem to press against the envelope for just how far they can push without going over some kind of a line in their minds that would make them vulnerable", Mattis said.

Speaking at a meeting with South Korean expats in NY, the president said that while US military bases in South Korea are for the common good of the two sides, there could be disputes over sharing defense costs.

Several Pentagon officials say Mattis was not signaling that tactical nuclear weapons are likely to be placed in South Korea.

China and Russian Federation began naval drills near North Korea on Monday amid continuing tensions over the isolated state's nuclear ambitions and ahead of a United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, where North Korea is likely to loom large.

Seoul is within artillery range of North Korea, which is also believed to have a sizeable chemical and biological arsenal beyond nuclear and conventional weapons.

The U.S. dispatched four F-35Bs and two B-1Bs late last month in the wake of the North's ballistic missile launch.

Lee Sang-yong, who speaks regularly to sources inside the North and supervises market data from them, said the price hikes were caused primarily by a cut in supplies as the regime scrambles to hoard fuel, wary of a potential fuel crunch.

Kim also said the country, despite "limitless" worldwide sanctions, has almost completed the building of its nuclear weapons force and called for "all-state efforts" to reach the goal and obtain a "capacity for nuclear counterattack the US can not cope with".

The latest gasoline price represents a 70.7 per cent and 153.5 percent surge compared with statistics posted on June 8 and December 1, respectively, less than one week after the Security Council adopted its last two resolutions on North Korea.

On Monday, the UN Security Council slapped North Korea with stiffer sanctions on top of previous ones that hit the country's exports of iron ore, coal, and seafood.

Trump heads to the U.N. General Assembly meeting next week with the same suitcase of bad options as his predecessors.

The drill was conducted after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday (September 15) only four days after the U.N. Security Council unanimously stepped up mandating tougher sanctions against Pyongyang.

The US military carried out an aerial military drill on Monday with South Korea near the border between the Koreas, the defence ministry in Seoul said. He identifies the North Korean threat as unprecedented, serious and immediate.

The U.S. Air Force's B-1B strategic bomber drops an MK-84 bomb during an exercise in the sky of Korea on September 18, 2017 in this photo provided by South Korea's Air Force.

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