Kim Jong-un Willing to Take Part in PyeongChang Olympics

01 January, 2018, 04:17 | Author: Diane Mills
  • North Korea: Nuclear button 'on my desk', says Kim Jong-un as he claims Pyongyang can hit all of US

But Mullen also said that Trump has disrupted long-held views of the USA role in the world, and that America's enemies benefit from that uncertainty.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said North Korea could attempt a provocation of any kind at any time next year, but pledged that the South Korean military will respond to the North's provocations through "overwhelming force" on sea, air and land. "And I think a real measure of how this all comes out is whether China is going to commit to a peaceful resolution here". "If they don't, then I worry a great deal that it's much more likely there will be conflict".

North Korea's foreign ministry last Sunday in a statement called the latest round of crippling sanctions unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council an "act of war".

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said he was always within reach of the nuclear button in a defiant New Year message today after months of escalating tensions over his country's weapons programme.

As 2018 beckons, the question now is whether the North will conduct more tests until it can confidently deploy its new long-range missile, and whether it will detonate a nuclear weapon over the Pacific to demonstrate once and for all its capabilities.

The Trump presidency has been "incredibly disruptive, certainly unpredictable in many many ways." the retired admiral said.

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