The so-called North Korean threat is becoming more pressing with each day, as the country is increasing its number of missile tests. The looming threat has prompted the international community to enact punitive measures against Pyongyang. Most recently, on August 5, the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted a resolution tightening the sanctions on North Korea.
Russian lawmakers have visited North Korea amid Pyongyang's repeated missile launches, with the latest taking place on Tuesday.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has reiterated the country's position on the Korean peninsula crisis in the wake of US President Donald Trump's latest statement, calling on Beijing to downgrade diplomatic ties with the DPRK.
US and South Korean intelligence have seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for new missile launches, South Korea’s daily The Dong-A Ilbo reported citing government sources. The US military believes that the upcoming US-South Korean naval drills may push North Korea toward new actions.
US President Donald Trump has soundly gained the reputation of a person who does not hesitate much before taking to social media to speak out loudly, from praising jobs in the domestic labor market to waging a war of words against "little rocket man" Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea.
South Korean and US forces have ramped up their reconnaissance operations amid fears that North Korea is preparing to test-launch a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US West Coast.
Amid US President Donald Trump's promises to "do what needs to be done" with regard to North Korea as "only one thing will work" hinting at a possible military action against Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un has praised the country's nuclear weapons as a means of "safeguarding peace" on the Korean Peninsula.
The risk of war between North Korea and the United States is now unprecedented as Pyongyang is making rapid progress in the development of nuclear weapons and Washington keeps threatening a military solution to the crisis, an influential British think tank said in a report.
Experts think that Pyongyang is unlikely to give up its nuclear arsenal under external provocations despite "fire and fury" rhetoric and threats of military action from US President Donald Trump against North Korea.
The United States is far ahead of North Korea in terms of resources and capabilities, but a direct military confrontation with Pyongyang may still backfire, experts told Sputnik.
US President Donald Trump discussed with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the telephone the issue of North Korea and both expressed a commitment to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang by strictly enforcing existing UN resolutions, the White House said in a press release on Monday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry's official representative Lu Kang has called for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) resolutions on North Korea a day after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that Washington could "destroy" the Asian country.
The United States' top two diplomats – Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and US State Secretary Rex Tillerson – made dissonant comments on the North Korean issue on Sunday, on the one hand saying Washington is not seeking the regime in Pyongyang to collapse and on the other , that they may deal with the DPRK using military force.
Two Hyunmoo-2 missiles were launched from a site near the inter-Korean border six minutes after the North fired a missile from the Sunan district of Pyongyang, Yonhap reported Friday citing the South Korean military.
Russia could influence North Korea, which in the current situation brings hope for the settlement of the ongoing crisis on the Korean Peninsula, according to Prof. Hideshi Takesada from Takushoku University in Tokyo.
Russian Foreign Ministry comments on Merkel's proposal to use Iran's experience in the situation with North Korea.
According to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, despite North Korea's strong desire to engage with the US, it is very unlikely Washington has enough political will for this.
The US State Department reports that the country's Special Representative for North Korea Joseph Yun is meeting Russian officials in Moscow in order to discuss cooperation on the Pyongyang issue.
Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Mikhail Ulyanov says that the proposal to destroy global nuclear arsenals is irresponsible since nuclear weapons are objectively one of the guarantors of international security.
China asks all countries involved in the settlement of the North Korean crisis to revisit country's "double freeze" plan in the light of UNSC sanctions.
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia states that Moscow does not recognize Pyongyang's claims to obtain nuclear status.
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