DONALD Trump has said talking to North Korea is “not the answer”, after Pyongyang flew a ballistic missile over US ally Japan.
“The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!” Trump posted to Twitter.
His comments follow a declaration that “all options are on the table” after the North Korean missile flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
The test was considered to be one of the most provocative ever from the reclusive state, and came as US and South Korean forces conduct annual military exercises on the peninsula. The missile test also took place just as the British Prime Minister was set to visit Japan. A spokesperson described Mrs May as “outraged by North Korea’s reckless provocation”. May told journalists that the UK would “continue to work with our international partners” to pressure Kim Jong Un’s regime to end its “illegal tests”. “Over the next three days the Prime Minister will have quite a lot of time with Prime Minister Abe to discuss, among other things, North Korea,” May’s spokeswoman told reporters. On Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated Beijing’s call for peace talks, saying “pressure and sanctions” against North Korea “cannot fundamentally solve the issue”, and said the country needed to exercise restraint.
“The UN Security Council has put through several resolutions and sanctions have all along been put in place but everyone can see whether they’ve had actual results,” she added.
“On the one hand, sanctions have continued to be put in place via resolutions and on the other hand North Korea’s nuclear and missile launch process is still continuing.”
Earlier this month, North Korea reportedly made a miniaturised nuclear warhead that could fit inside one of its intercontinental ballistic missiles. It prompted Mr Trump to issue a warning of “fire and fury” on the North, while Pyongyang threatened to fire missiles towards the US territory of Guam. Any missile fired towards Guam would have to fly over Japan and analysts said Tuesday’s test presents a major challenge to both Tokyo and Washington. “Pyongyang has demonstrated that its threats to the U.S. base on Guam are not a bluff,” said Konstantin Kosachev on Tuesday, chairman of Russia’s upper house of parliament’s international affairs committee.
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