Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

North Korean mock-up birthday video shows missiles blowing up US

North Korean mock-up birthday video shows missiles blowing up US

North Korea marked the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un's grandfather with a rousing concert in Pyongyang that featured a video simulation of a nuclear missile attack destroying what appears to be an unidentified US city.

On Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence told an audience of 2,500 USA and Japanese military personnel on the flight of the USS Ronald Reagan that "storm clouds" are gathering on the horizon.

Earlier, US Vice President Mike Pence said during a joint press conference with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso that the United States will continue to work with its allies to address the gravest threat to the region emanating from North Korea.

Despite knowing that the test was a failure, both the South Korean and US government are still unable to determine the type of missiles that North Korea used. "They shouldn't try to play it at this point".

North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs have raised tensions between Pyongyang and Washington and increased talk of war. But they said Russian Federation objected because a sentence in the draft expressing the council's commitment "to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation" dropped the words "through dialogue" that had been in previous statements.

In the proposed statement, council members expressed "their utmost concern" over North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior" and again threatened to take "further significant measures".

A US official said Pyongyang's projectile "blew up nearly immediately" during an attempted launch off North Korea's east coast.

"North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", Pence said on the deck of an American aircraft carried docked in Japan.

The paper, obtained by The Associated Press, says the North's latest actions "make clear that further worldwide pressure is required for the DPRK to change its behavior if there is to be any hope for meaningful denuclearization talks to resume".

It says the meeting will give council members an opportunity to discuss ways to maximize the impact of existing United Nations sanctions "and show their resolve to respond to further provocations with significant new measures".

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