US Defence Secretary Esper urges North Korea to negotiate on denuclearisation

US Defence Secretary Esper urges North Korea to negotiate on denuclearisation

The leader also said North Korea "will reliably put on constant alert the powerful nuclear deterrent capable of containing the nuclear threats from the U.S.", the state news agency reported.

"We hope that Chairman Kim will take a different course. that he'll choose peace and prosperity over conflict and war", Pompeo said.

Bolton Wednesday wrote in a tweet that the United States should restore all military exercises with South Korea and that congressional hearings should be conducted concerning "whether USA troops are truly ready to "fight tonight" after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's threats.

Kim was enraged when the United States continued joint military drills with South Korea, adopted cutting-edge weapons and imposed sanctions.

His speech promised to soon debut a "new strategic weapon", which non-proliferation experts say could be anything from a nuclear-armed submarine to a more advanced form of intercontinental ballistic missile.

The 61-minute film, titled "Will Forever Walk, the March of Mount Paekdu", began with Kim Jong-un and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, riding white horses up the mountain that sits on the border with China.

During the party meeting on Tuesday, Mr. Kim said his country "will shift to a shocking actual action" that will make the United States "pay for the pains sustained by our people", the North Korean news agency said.

"He likes me, I like him, we get along", he said. Since the Singapore summit, President Trump has constrained the enforcement of USA laws, weakened allied deterrence capability, embraced a purveyor of crimes against humanity, and overlooked numerous North Korean violations of United Nations resolutions.

"We can never sell our dignity, which we have so far defended as something as valuable as our own lives, in the hope of a brilliant transformation", Kim said, according to excerpts from an unusual 7 hour speech this week to party leaders in Pyongyang.

Analysts said the announcement, reported by state media on Wednesday, amounted to Kim putting a missile "to Donald Trump's head" - but warned that escalation by Pyongyang would probably backfire. "But he did sign a contract, he did sign an agreement talking about denuclearization".

Kim added that "if the US persists in its hostile policy toward the DPRK, there will never be the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and the DPRK will steadily develop necessary and prerequisite strategic weapons for the security of the state until the USA rolls back its hostile policy". China and Russian Federation are strongly demanding that sanctions be eased. The past two years have been a focal point of nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington, the capital of North Korea, with three meetings between Kim Jong and Donald Trump. "I think he's a man of his word so we're going to find out, but I think he's a man of his word".

Indeed, the North pointed to a recurrence of such a scenario just last month, lambasting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an "idiot" and warning that Japan could again see "a real ballistic missile" overflying the country "in the not distant future".

Kim had already begun to escalate tensions since Trump walked out of their last formal summit in February, carrying out a record-breaking barrage of ballistic missile tests previous year. "North Korea's new "strategic weapon" might not be ready", Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said.

The US is "hopeful" that Kim "will make the right decision", he said.

The two leaders also held an "impromptu" meeting at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea in June.

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