Further Pressure May Provoke 'Unpredictable' Response From North Korea

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The worldwide community is scrambling to contain an increasingly belligerent North Korea, which in recent weeks has prompted global alarm by conducting its sixth and largest nuclear test and firing long-range missiles over Japan that it says could reach the U.S. mainland. While Washington warns of military options, it says it still wants a peaceful solution.

North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations Han Tae Song, however, declared that Pyongyang condemns this "latest illegal and unlawful UN Security Council resolution".

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific on September 15, responding to new United Nations sanctions with what appeared to be its furthest-ever missile flight amid high tensions over its weapons programmes.

"Mattis and Onodera agreed that the North Korean provocation called for a strong demonstration of a unified front between the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and agreed on the importance of robust trilateral defence cooperation between the three nations", he said.

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"I believe it will further North Korea's isolation - diplomatic and economic isolation - because more and more nations are realising there's simply no collaboration with the worldwide community".

Terming the ballistic missile launch as "highly provocative", the Council members "condemned further the DPRK for its outrageous actions, and demanded that the [the country] immediately cease all such actions". We need a different approach: North Korea should be presented with opportunities for cooperation; the country should be drawn into various organizations to become bound by a mesh of global obligations.

"For those who have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he said. Some 25 million people live in the metropolitan area of Seoul, U.S. ally South Korea's capital, well within range of the North's extensive artillery. "They should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation", he said, while adding that China would never accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state. North Korea also has the world's largest standing army.

"I don't think that he'll stray too much outside of the boundaries of that", Collins said.

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