As North Korea continues to beef up its missile program, the United States warned that it might use military force against Pyongyang or sever trade relations with China if the international community fails to take strong action, as both Russia and China warned against any further escalation of a tense situation in their backyard.
On Tuesday, North Korea announced it successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile. Pyongyang claimed the missile reached an altitude of 1,740 miles during its 39-minute flight before accurately hitting an intended area in the Sea of Japan
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley insisted during an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday that North Korea's actions were "quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution," leaving Washington few options except military force.
Following the US government accusing Chinese tech giant Huawei of spying on behalf of Beijing and placing it on an "Entity List", a number of prominent corporations have moved to sever their ties with the company.
Citing Trump administration officials, a Monday article in the New York Times claimed that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had presented US President Donald Trump with a military plan revised by National Security Adviser John Bolton which called for the deployment of 120,000 troops in response to nuclear provocation or attacks by Iran.
Around the same time Washington officials were meeting their Beijing counterparts for trade talks, US President Donald Trump’s thumbs were meeting his phone to compose a tweet laced with name-calling directed at two Democratic presidential candidates.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s whereabouts became a hot topic Tuesday afternoon after the official’s scheduled Berlin meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was abruptly canceled.
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