Military expert urges against conflict with North Korea: 'That time has passed'

Tensions between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump escalated further when the US President said to the UN: "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime".

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, center, presides over an interagency meeting for humanitarian aid to North Korea at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

Pyongyang's weapons tests and belligerent rhetoric are meant to establish that North Korea has a credible deterrent against US attack.

Trump warned the USA can "totally destroy" North Korea yesterday as he made his debut appearance at the UN.

Defying a fresh round of tough new UN Security Council sanctions on its textile exports and crude oil imports, North Korea launched a missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean last week, prompting global condemnation.

"Now is not the time for dialogue".

That one-on-one will be followed by a lunch hosted by the U.S. President along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. And none of us want that. "What's crucial now is to put sanctions into effect without lapses and that requires close cooperation with China and Russian Federation".

At the same, China's official Xinhua news agency reported that China and Russia began naval drills off the Russian far eastern port of Vladivostok, not far from the Russia-North Korea border.

The F-35B fighters, B-1B bombers and Japanese F-2s flew together over waters near Kyushu, Japan, the US Department of Defense (DoD) stated.

North Korea's latest missile launch renewed discussion in the Trump administration about how military force could be used to stop Kim's development of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. The missile "did not pose a threat to North America", Commander Benham said.

Since its fourth nuclear test a month later, North Korea has conducted two more nuclear tests and flight-tested a slew of new missile systems, including developmental ICBMs that could potentially reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.

The world is watching closely the rhetorical exchange between North Korea and the US.

"We can expect more missile launches", he said.

On September 3, Pyongyang detonated its sixth nuclear device, seen as the most powerful ever conducted by the Asian country. Asked about President Donald Trump's warning last month that the North Korean threat to the United States will be met with "fire and fury", Haley said, "It was not an empty threat".

"I write to respectfully urge your government to immediately cease all official diplomatic and economic relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including immediately closing all of your diplomatic facilities in the DPRK", he wrote in a message, The Hill reports, saying that it is time to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically.

  • Joey Payne