Japan to extend unilateral sanctions against North Korea

South Korea and the United States say the sole objective of the advanced THAAD system is to defend against missile launches from North Korea.

Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the USA mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them past year. Please support our efforts.

Robinson is the top officer at U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado.

The game takes place amid a spike in tensions on the Korean peninsula following a ballistic missile launch by the North Wednesday and expectations of a sixth nuclear test.

In a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, Trump again said that all options were on the table when it came to North Korea's continued missile tests.

So, what will US President Donald Trump do?

The European Union asked North Korea to "cease its provocations and to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs", and to begin talks with the worldwide community. "China summit", said Shusuke Yamada, a senior strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo.

A press statement agreed to by all 15 members expresses "utmost concern" at North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council" by conducting the latest launch less than three weeks after the previous test.

The statement was made Thursday night local time, just hours before Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife arrived in the southern state of Florida for their first meeting with Trump at his lavish Mar-a-Lago resort, the "Southern White House".

Even before the missile test, North Korea's nuclear program was expected to be an important talking point between Xi and Trump.

He maintained that "the Trump administration can not accept a nuclear launch".

The North has conducted four missile tests since Trump took office on January 20, including an apparent failed launch on Wednesday. The North has defied the ban, saying it infringes on its sovereign rights to self-defence and the pursuit of space exploration.

So, to ensure that its brutal dictatorship survives, the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, led by the Kim clan, hit upon the idea of developing nuclear weapons and the systems needed to deliver them.

The two Koreas are facing off in the women's world ice hockey championships division II group A competition in South Korea's Gangneung, some 106 kilometers (66 miles) from the heavily fortified demilitarised zone dividing the North and South. South Korean, in red uniforms, and North Korean women soccer players hi-five after their AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan 2018 qualifying soccer match at the Kim Il Sung Stadium on Friday, April 7, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The U.S. military carried out a missile strike Thursday evening on a Syrian airbase housing the aircraft that dropped the chemical weapons on innocent civilians in violation of global restrictions.

On Wednesday, North Korea reportedly launched a ballistic missile from Sinpho, South Hamgyong province, in the direction of the Sea of Japan.

  • Kyle Peterson