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24 September 2017, 12:27 | Katrina Lee
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The Pentagon said no other United States fighters or bomber aircraft have flown so far north of the Demilitarized Zone off North Korea's coast in the 21st century.
"We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong-un". His comments were believed to be the first direct message ever issued by a North Korean leader.
He said: "For much too long North Korea has been allowed to abuse the worldwide financial system to facilitate funding for its nuclear weapons and missile programs".
Such a test would be considered a major provocation by the U.S., South Korea and Japan.
North Korea has been testing missiles at an unprecedented rate, and conducted its sixth nuclear test despite worldwide condemnation.
It said that the USA pulling out would send a signal that even if Pyongyang was willing to negotiate, "the United States could not be trusted to honour any deal that was reached". "You are protected. Nobody's going to mess with our people".
Washington and its allies hope the tough economic sanctions will sway Pyongyang to come to the table and negotiate an end to its nuclear and missile programs. "It is truly terrifying if something goes wrong".
On Thursday, Mr Trumpsigned an executive order to introduce new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme.
North Korea has launched dozens of missiles this year, several flying over Japan, as it accelerates its program aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi 王毅 emphasized to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence the importance of "good preparations" for Trump's visit to China, expected in November, Reutersreports.
Trump, in his first address to the UNGA on September 19, attacked North Korea and termed its supreme leader Kim Jong-un as "a rocket man, who is on a suicide mission".
"His remarks. have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last", Kim said in the statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency on Friday, promising to make Trump "pay dearly for his speech".
At a Security Council meeting later Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was to push for strict enforcement of a new raft of worldwide sanctions targeting North Korea's exports and its energy supplies.
Mr Trump yesterday announced a new order to help the United States target people, companies and banks financing and facilitating trade with North Korea.
"And as the world has seen in just the past few days, the depraved regime in North Korea is relentlessly pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles - and now, as the president said, "threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life".
In an executive order issued Thursday, the Treasury Department has been granted expanded latitude to target anyone trading with North Korea, barring them from using the US banking system.
Foreign investors also seemed quite immune to Friday's fresh sabre-rattling from North Korea as they sold a relatively small net 5 billion won (S$5.95 million) worth of Kospi shares near mid-session.
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