North Korea vows strong countermeasures against USA pressure

Mexico on Thursday said it had given the ambassador, Kim Hyong Gil, 72 hours to leave Mexico in order to express its "absolute rejection" of North Korea's recent nuclear activity, describing it as a grave threat to the region and the world.

The government added that President Enrique Pena Nieto ordered Kim's expulsion because of United Nations Security Council resolutions that imposed sanctions on people and entities associated with Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Even as the tests drew global condemnation, this was clearly a response to Mr. Trump's sabre-rattling rhetoric claiming that the US would rain "fire and fury" over the country and implying that its nuclear weapons were "locked and loaded" to respond to any threat from North Korea.

Opposition to THAAD has been fierce both within South Korea and without.

North Korea exported US$147.5 million of garments to China in the second quarter, Chinese customs data showed.

South Korea's military is watching North Korea closely for signs of provocations, officials said Saturday, amid concern the regime could undertake a missile launch or even another nuclear test on its founding anniversary.

"But we will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea".

President Donald Trump has warned North Korea multiple times to stop or the United States would have a "massive" military response.

Outside experts have been unable to verify North Korea's claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb Sunday, but say it's plausible.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their summit in the US on April. 6.

The draft text takes aim directly at North Korea's leadership with a freeze on Mr Kim's assets as well as those of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea and the government of North Korea. But we will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea.

Han Tae Song, the ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, characterized his country's nuclear tests as "gift packages" aimed at this country.

Putin echoed other world leaders in denouncing North Korea's latest nuclear bomb test on Sunday, saying Russian Federation did not recognize its nuclear status.

But neither side appears willing to budge.

North Korea backed off its Guam threat, announcing it will instead "watch a little more [of] the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees", but continued its nuclear program with an apparent test of a hydrogen bomb September 3.

Amid the rising tension, South Korea installed the four remaining launchers of a USA anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system on a former golf course south of its capital, Seoul, early on Thursday. Two launchers have been operational at the site since May. A fire department official in Seongju said 38 people, including six police officers, were injured, none seriously.

The decision to deploy THAAD, created to shoot down short- to medium-range missiles mid-flight, has drawn strong objections from China.

China lodged another stern protest on Thursday.

Guterres reiterated his call on North Korean authorities to comply fully with its worldwide obligations, including the various UN Security Council resolutions.


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