Sanctions against North Korea necessary to curb Pyongyang's nuclear program

Majority of Americans support attack on North Korea if it strikes South – poll

"The IC (intelligence community) assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles", the assessment said, according to the Washington Post.

The US calculated last month that North Korea has up to 60 nuclear weapons, the Post said, more than double most assessments by independent experts.

As NPR's Merrit Kennedy reported Monday, North Korea reacted angrily to the sanctions, saying it would "balance the U.S.'s felonious crime" with "something thousands of times worse".

His statement to reporters at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club came after The Washington Post and other news outlets, citing us intelligence, reported that the North Korean government has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit within its ballistic missiles.

Also on Tuesday US president Donald Trump praised the global coalition coming together to pressure North Korea over its intercontinental ballistic missile launches "after many years of failure".

Washington has repeatedly pushed for the denuclearization and disarmament of North Korea, while it conducts joint drills with its allies in the region, including South Korea and Japan.

For the first time since 2006, when various U.S.

At times the administration seemed to signal, nearly casually, that it was considering a preemptive strike on North Korea, which could trigger a land war on the Korean peninsula and the deaths of tens of thousands of people. China's foreign minister said that he had advised his North Korean counterpart not to "provoke the global society's good will by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests". The measures would block about $1 billion - or about one-third from North Korean exports.

When the conditions are right, the two sides can sit and discuss the future of North Korea "so that they feel secure and prosper economically", he told reporters in Manila earlier Monday.

The heightened tensions between the two nations follow a series of ballistic missile tests by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which finally prompted the Security Council-including critical votes by China and Russia-to act. "We have to go all in all at once, stop all of their income", Chang said, calling on Washington to impose economic costs on China to force Beijing to do more to rein in its recalcitrant ally.

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