- North Korea threatens to annihilate the US with a “nuclear hammer”
- CIA hints at separating Kim Jong-un and his nuclear weapons
- US general warns ‘time running out’ as North Korea’s capabilities advance
- America and Japan set to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang
Here live updates, the latest photographs and breaking news on North Korea v the USA.
11am: North Korea threatens to hit US with ’nuclear hammer’
North Korea has threatened to hit the US with a “nuclear hammer” after the CIA warned Kim Jong-un’s leadership was “most dangerous” element to the nuclear threat.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo hinted at trying to separate the despot from his nuclear stockpile, adding the he was sure the Northn Korea people “would love to see him go as well”.
North Korea has hit back, threatening to “annihilate” America with nuclear weapons if the US should dare to even attempt to remove Kim Jong-un.
“Should the US dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reports, citing a spokesperson of the North’s foreign ministry.
10am: US general warns ‘time running out’ on North Korea threat
US General Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, said that North Korea’s July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile showed its capabilities were advancing significantly and faster than many had expected.
General Milley told the National Press Club in Washington said that “time is running out” for a peaceful solution to the standoff with North Korea.
He added: “North Korea is extremely dangerous and more dangerous as the weeks go by.”
9am: Japan and US to impose more sanctions on North Korea
Japan announced more sanctions on North Korea for its weapons programmes, just hours after the US Senate also voted for new sanctions on the secretive state.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry stressed the North Korea missile threat and failure resolve the issue of Japanese abducted decades ago by agents from the North.
“Given that we can’t expect meaningful dialogue, pressure on them is essential,” said Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
9am: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits cemetery on Victory Day
North Korea has released photographs of Kim Jong-Un visiting Pyongyang’s Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery yesterday.
The despotic regime celebrated Victory Day on the anniversary of the Korean War armistice on July 27 1953.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits Pyongyang’s Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery on July 28
10.50am: North Korean soldiers spy on South Koreans on anniversary of armistice
North Korean soldiers watched intently as South Korean and UN officials attended a ceremony to mark the Korean War anniversary yesterday.
The ceremony took place in at Panmunjom where in the armistice was signed in the Joint Security Area in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).