North Korean official: Take hydrogen bomb threat ‘literally’

Pyongyang (CNN)A senior North Korean official has issued a stern warning to the world that it should take “literally” his country’s threat to test a nuclear weapon above ground.

The official, Ri Yong Pil, told CNN in an exclusive conversation in Pyongyang that the threat made by North Korea’s foreign minister last month should not be dismissed. North Korea “has always brought its words into action,” Ri said, visibly angry.
Speaking on a visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly last month, Ri Yong Ho, the foreign minister, raised the possibility that North Korea could test a powerful hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. The threat came hours after US President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in a speech to the UN.

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North Korea may test hydrogen bomb in Pacific: Foreign Minister

 
North Korea has shrugged off numerous sets of sanctions aimed at crimping its nuclear and missile programmes, and this month unveiled what it said was a working hydrogen bomb. (Photo: AFP/STR)

 

NEW YORK: North Korea may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, its foreign minister said on Thursday (Sep 21).

Ri Yong Ho was asked what leader Kim Jong Un might do after President Donald Trump warned that the United States would “totally destroy North Korea” if it was forced to defend itself or its allies. Continue reading “North Korea may test hydrogen bomb in Pacific: Foreign Minister”

UN Security Council slaps new sanctions on North Korea

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Security Council unanimously imposes new sanctions on Pyongyang in watered-down version of initial resolution.

The United Nations Security Council votes to pass a new sanctions resolution against North Korea [Jason DeCrow/AP Images]
The United Nations Security Council votes to pass a new sanctions resolution against North Korea [Jason DeCrow/AP Images]

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea following its sixth and largest nuclear test.

With backing from China and Russia, the council voted 15-0 on Monday to slap a ban on textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products to North Korea.

The resolution is a watered-down version of the original US proposal. Continue reading “UN Security Council slaps new sanctions on North Korea”

World leaders unite in condemnation of North Korea

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Criticism of Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test is voiced around the world from South Korea and the US to China and Russia.

Pyongyang claimed a "perfect success" with its sixth and most powerful nuclear test [Toru Hanai/Reuters]
Pyongyang claimed a “perfect success” with its sixth and most powerful nuclear test [Toru Hanai/Reuters]

President Donald Trump has reacted to what he is calling “a major nuclear test” by North Korea, branding the North “a rogue nation” whose “words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous” to the United States.

Trump said on Sunday “we’ll see” when asked by reporters if he planned to attack North Korea. Continue reading “World leaders unite in condemnation of North Korea”

China ‘strongly condemns North Korean nuclear test’: Foreign ministry

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This undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on Sep 2 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attending a photo session in Pyongyang. (Photo: AFP/STR)

North Korea “has ignored the international community’s widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test. China’s government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this”, the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website. Continue reading “China ‘strongly condemns North Korean nuclear test’: Foreign ministry”