China orders North Korean-owned businesses to close

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 1, 2017

Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official and current senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy, said it's highly unlikely North Korea has the real-world capability to match Ri's words.

That's called the military option.

"Banks worldwide should take note", she said.

The Treasury Department announced Tuesday it has sanctioned eight North Korean banks and 26 individuals in a number of other countries who were acting as their agents-in several other countries, including Russian Federation and China.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said, "Whether it's three months or six months or eighteen months, it is soon and we ought to conduct ourselves as though it is just a matter of time or a matter of very short time before North Korea has that capability".

A Harvard PhD professor said that people "will confuse it with the kinds of fallout clouds they are used to reading about, the "take shelter for 2 weeks" kind".

Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) said on Friday President Donald Trump's rhetoric against North Korea has put the regime on notice of the devastating repercussions it will face should Kim Jong Un attack the United States or its Pacific allies.

Roberts said Australia could be hit by a North Korean missile.

The Seoul government has also proposed the resumption of military talks and Red Cross dialogue with the North to discuss humanitarian issues and ways to ease tension along the inter-Korean border, including the reunions of families separated by the two countries' division.

He recently said: "We can't let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that".

He said Ri's comments also allow China and Russian to restate their calls for a "dual suspension" of North Korean weapons tests and displays of military capability by the US and South Korea.

Moon, elected in May this year, now believes that South Korea has to be more proactive in strengthening its army, in the wake of a series of missile and nuclear tests by the North. Last week, Trump also imposed a new round of sanctions against North Korea and put a ban on global banks from the American market if they facilitate the rogue nation.

North Korea's SLBM launches began to be made public in May 2015.

The North's sixth and largest nuclear test was conducted on 3 September and has launched various missiles in 2017, as it accelerates its programme, aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Most estimates suggest that North Korea has an unusually large number of armed forces personnel for its population of 25 million.

The penalties are part of a Trump administration effort to show it's still committed to using economic pressure and diplomacy to resolve the North Korea nuclear crisis, rather than the military threat that Trump has repeatedly issued. China, long North Korea's diplomatic protector, has gone along with the latest penalties out of growing frustration with leader Kim Jong Un's government.

Tillerson met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Beijing, where they discussed US President Donald Trump's upcoming Asia tour.

President Trump has applied heavy pressure on China to rein in North Korea.

In response, the United States has initiated new sanctions against North Korea in the UN security Council.

As for exports, 83 percent of North Korea's exports went to China.

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