North Korea v USA live: Kim Jong-un threatens US with ‘gift packages’ – latest news | World | News

  • North Korea issues chilling threats in wake of the latest missile test 
  • The missile tested on Friday have could hit New York, experts warn 
  • Air France expands no-fly zone after missile misses a passenger jet 
  • Rex Tillerson says the US is not seeking to topple Kim Jong-un
  • Donald Trump slams China for ‘doing nothing’ on the North Korea threat

Here are the latest threats, live updates and breaking news on Kim Jong-un’s North Korea versus Donald Trump’s America. (All times BST)

4.30pm: North Korea threatens to send ‘gift packages’ to US

Rodong Sinmun, the mouth piece of North Korea’s regime, has threatened to send more ‘unexpected gift packages’ if the US continues its hostile policy against Pyongyang. 

In a new column, the newspaper suggested that America was being forced to back down in the stand-off on the Korean peninsula. 

“Every minute and every second, the new reality that US mainland is on the knife’s edge of life and death is forcing US administration to wave a white flag and fundamentally change her North Korea policy,” it said.

“It is not the denuclearization of N. Korea, but the security of US mainland which should be the top priority of Trump administration.” 

4pm: China welcomes Rex Tillerson’s softer tone 

China has welcomed Rex Tillerson’s declaration that the US does not seek to topple the North Korean government and would like dialogue with Pyongyang at some point.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China “attached great importance” to Mr Tillerson’s remarks and his reiteration of what Wang called the “Four Nos” principle.

He said: “We hope the US side can put this ‘Four Nos’ principle into actual policy towards North Korea.” 

He added that China hopes all sides can meet each other halfway and through talks find a way of resolving each others security concerns as this is the key for a resolution. 

The state-run Global Times newspaper said: “Many Americans would think Tillerson is showing weakness, but we see his statement as the most courageous expression from Washington regarding the Korean peninsula issue.

“While (Washington) exerts pressure on North Korea, it should leave some alternatives for Pyongyang and make it believe that abandoning its nuclear and missile programmes will do more good than insisting on this path.”

3pm: Airline expands no-fly zone after missile misses passenger jet 

Air France is expanding its “non-flyover area around North Korea” after a missile narrowly missed a passenger jet last week. 

More than 300 people were on board an Air France flight on Friday when the Hwasong-14 rocket came within 60 miles of the jet before smashing into the sea near Japan.

There are fears the missile tests pose a risk to airliners after a previous launch on July 4 also entered airspace used by commercial planes. 

11am: Japan to meet with US over North Korea threat 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan plans to soon hold a “two plus two” meeting of foreign and defence ministers with the US over North Korea’s continued missile tests.

“North Korea’s recent ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) launches clearly showed that the threat posed by North Korea have grown markedly for both countries,” Mr Abe said.

“I believe strengthening the Japan-US alliance is more necessary now than any other time.”

Abe made the comment in a news conference following a cabinet reshuffle, in which Taro Kono, who has strong ties with Washington, replaced Fumio Kishida as new foreign minister.

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