Threats can not help resolve Korean peninsula situation, China says

Donald Trump’s first UN General Assembly follows overseas visits early in his presidency to the Mideast and Europe

Donald Trump’s first UN General Assembly follows overseas visits early in his presidency to the Mideast and Europe

Threatening action or rhetoric can not help resolve the situation on the Korean peninsula, China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after United States (US) Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted about the existence of military options on North Korea.

North Korea also recently tested its most powerful bomb.

Ahead of the gathering of world leaders, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Washington has "pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point" and warned of possible military action.

The angry statement from Pyongyang's foreign ministry came as the crisis surrounding the reclusive state was set to dominate the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

A screengrab from the footage taken of North Korea's missile test.

The tweet came a day before Trump conferences with members of the United States General Assembly, where North Korea's development of nuclear weapons - and its threats to use them against the United States and allies - will be a major topic.

I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night.

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a US -drafted resolution a week ago mandating tougher new sanctions against Pyongyang that included banning textile imports and capping crude and petrol supply.

In New York, Trump will hold a series of individual and small-group meetings with leaders from the Mideast, Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Also implicit in Kim's pugnacious speech was a jab at Russian Federation and China, two of five veto-wielding countries who approved a package of sanctions recently passed in the United Nations Security Council following North Korea's sixth nuclear experiment on September 3.

Reuters reports South Korea launched a missile into the sea to coincide with the North Korean launch.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in holds a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump at his presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, which provided the photo, in Seoul on September 17, 2017.

In Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said China and Russia had begun naval drills off the Russian far eastern port of Vladivostok, not far from the Russia-North Korea border.

Trump's first UN General Assembly follows overseas visits early in his presidency to the Mideast, where he sought to bolster relations with Saudi Arabia and reignite the Mideast peace process, and to Europe, where Western allies were alarmed by the president's inconsistent commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and his withdrawal from the Paris climate accords.

He is also scheduled to attend a meeting with South Korean and American business leaders where he is expected to promote new business opportunities in his country, as well as bilateral economic ties between the two countries.

The news comes as USA and Chinese leaders agreed to "maximise the pressure" on the regime of Kim Jong Un. Moon has been named one of three award winners this year, along with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

The drill was to "demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", it added.

The military fired the Hyunmu-2A missiles from a base in Gangwon Province at around 7 a.m., just about six minutes after North Korea launched what is believed to have been a Hwasong-12 missile from Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang.

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