North Korea v USA live: North Korea could develop H-bomb – latest news, US threats
- North Korea threatens to send ‘unexpected gift packages’ to the US
- US defence expert claims Kim Jong-un could develop H-bomb soon
- Kim Jong-un’s latest missile have could hit New York, experts warn
- Rex Tillerson tells North Korea ‘we are not the enemy’
- 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)
Friday August 4
12.57am: China to strictly implement UN sanctions
China will continue to fully and strictly implement UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his British counterpart Boris Johnson.
Noon: North Korea could develop H-bomb soon, defence expert warns
Harry J. Kazianis, director of defence studies at Washington-based think tank the Center for the National Interest, has warned that North Korea could soon succeed in developing a H-bomb.
“We should not be surprised if the Communist dictatorship develops a hydrogen bomb – the ultimate atomic weapon – with the potential to kill millions of people,” he wrote in an article for Fox News.
“A Defense Department official I spoke to recently on the condition of not revealing his name told me it now appears the North Koreans are working to finish development of an H-bomb, and that they could succeed in as soon as six to 18 months.”
11am: Rex Tillerson and North Korean foreign minister to attend ASEAN Rex Tillerson and North Korean foreign minister to attend ASEAN
Rex Tillerson and the North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and US Secretary of State will attend the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Regional Forum in the Philippines on Sunday.
It is the highest-level annual interaction between North Korea and the US, according to Mike Fuchs, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.
“It will be a very important opportunity again for the United States and North Korea to send messages — unvarnished, with no middle-men — to one another about their policies,” he told CNN.
10.47am: Southeast Asia to respond to North Korea missile test
The Philippines will seek agreement in Southeast Asia on ways to engage with North Korea, following pressure from the US over Pyongyang’s missile tests, Manila’s foreign minister said.
The US is expected to press the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take tougher action against North Korea, such as “drastically” reducing dealings with the already isolated state.
As the chairman of ASEAN, the Philippines in the next few days will host meetings of foreign ministers from 27 countries with Pyongyang’s missile tests expected to take centre stage.
“It’s a consensus-based organisation, so what I can do is after the dinner tonight, in a huddle, consult the other members,” Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters.
“I predict there will be two sides to it. So, it’s a very hard decision.”
THAAD interceptor is tested in Alaska. America’s controversial THAAD missile system is based in Sout
9am: North Korea slams US travel ban as ‘sordid’
North Korea has slammed Washington’s decision to ban US passport holders from visiting the North, with state media describing it as a “sordid” attempt to limit human exchanges.
The North’s KCNA news agencysaid there was no reason for foreigners to feel threatened while in North Korea and that citizens from around the world were encouraged to visit.
“Our doors are always open for all Americans who visit our country out of good will and wish to see our reality,” said a foreign ministry spokesman quoted by KCNA.
According to the US State Department, the travel ban will take effect on September 1, although some travellers such as journalists and humanitarian workers may apply for exceptions.
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6am: US ‘prepares to deploy aircraft carriers’ to Korean Peninsula
Reports suggest the US is considering deploying two of its aircraft carriers to the Korean Peninsula earlier than planned.
The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson aircraft carriers are being considered for deployment to the region, according to South Korean military officials.
Thursday August 3
5.30pm: North Korea calls for US to ‘wave the white flag’
Rodong Sinmun, the mouth piece of North Korea’s regime, has claimed that America in being forced to back down in the stand-off on the Korean peninsula.
An editorial column said: “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 is not the denuclearization of N. Korea, but the security of US mainland which should be the top priority of Trump administration.”
The North Korean propaganda rag reiterated its threat to send ‘unexpected gift packages’ to the US.
4pm China praises Tillerson for telling North Korea ‘we’re not your enemy’
China has welcomed Rex Tillerson’s declaration that the US is not seeking 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.”
South Korea and the US agreed on no hostile policy toward North Korea and no intention to attack it, replace its government or hasten Korean reunification.
Earlier this week the US Secretary of State told North Korea: “We’re not your enemy, we’re not your threat but you’re presenting an unacceptable threat to us and we have to espond.”
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.