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Donald Trump to call for more pressure on N Korea in first UN speech

US President Donald Trump is expected to call for more international pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly later. It will be his first speech to the world body and will take place at 10:30 New York time (14:30 GMT). White House officials said he would refer to Islamist militants as “losers” and criticise Iran and Venezuela. Mr Trump has previously hinted that the US might cut its UN funding. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has told the BBC that…

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North Korea will reach its nuclear force goal – Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to reach the country’s nuclear goals, according to state media. This was being done despite international sanctions against it, the KCNA news agency quoted him as saying. His comments come after North Korea fired its latest missile over Japan – in what is being described as the country’s furthest-reaching test. The move split world powers who united behind new UN sanctions against North Korea just days ago. “We should clearly show the big power chauvinists how our state attain the goal of completing…

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North Korea missile test splits world powers

The latest missile test by North Korea, one of its furthest-reaching yet, has split world powers who united behind new UN sanctions just days ago. The US said the burden of responding to the North should fall on China, its main ally, and Russia, which also has ties to the communist state. But China suggested the US was shirking its own responsibility, while Russia condemned “aggressive” US rhetoric. The missile fired over Japan was in range of the US territory of Guam. Reaching an altitude of about 770km (478 miles),…

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North Korea 'fires missile from Pyongyang'

North Korea has fired a missile eastwards from its capital, Pyongyang, towards Japan, the South Korean and Japanese governments say. The missile is likely to have reached an altitude of about 770km (478 miles) and travelled some 3,700km, South Korea’s military said. South Korea and the US are analysing the details of the launch, it added. Last month, North Korea fired a missile over Japan in what Tokyo called an “unprecedented threat”to the country. The missile launch comes just days after new sanctions were imposed on North Korea by the…

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North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin calls sanctions useless

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is “useless”, saying “they’d rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme”. The US said on Monday it would table a new UN resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday. Mr Putin also said that the ramping up of “military hysteria” could lead to global catastrophe. He said diplomacy was the only answer. China, the North’s main ally, has also called for a return…

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North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un 'begging for war'

Media playback is unsupported on your device North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is “begging for war” with his latest and most powerful nuclear bomb test, the US envoy to the United Nations has said. Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the Security Council in New York that America did not want a war but its patience was “not unlimited”. The US will table a new UN resolution shortly to toughen sanctions. China, the North’s main ally, has called for a return to negotiations and Switzerland has offered to mediate….

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North Korea: US seeks tough United Nations approach

The US envoy to the UN has urged the Security Council to take the “strongest possible measures” against North Korea after its latest nuclear test. “The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means before it is too late,” Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the council in New York. She also warned countries which did business with the North that they were aiding their nuclear ambitions. Reports suggest the North is preparing new test missile launches. Ms Haley said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had shown through his…

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