Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

US Considers Restoring North Korea To Terror Sponsor List, Says Rex Tillerson

US Considers Restoring North Korea To Terror Sponsor List, Says Rex Tillerson

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words.

"In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the United States mainland and reduce them to ashes", the newspaper said.

On Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence vowed that the United States would counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

The United States told council members it cut the words because they "would overly narrow the means by which the worldwide community could arrive at a peaceful and comprehensive solution to the North Korean nuclear problem", according to diplomats. It has been claiming that Kim's regime has already developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the mainland US.

The U.S. had accused Russian Federation of blocking a council statement on Wednesday that China, North Korea's closest ally, had agreed to by insisting on including language from previous council statements calling for "dialogue" with Pyongyang.

South Korea's Defense Ministry also confirmed on Thursday that the US and South Korean Air Forces are conducting an annual training exercise - codenamed Max Thunder - until April 28.

After countless seemingly empty threats to destroy the United States and a failed missile test on Sunday, North Korea has upped the ante with the warning of a "super-mighty preemptive strike".

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".

Such statements by the 15-member council have to be agreed by consensus.

The U.N. Security Council threatened new sanctions against North Korea Thursday in a strongly-worded condemnation of its latest missile launch after the US agreed to a Russian request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang.

Russian Federation wanted to include language contained in previous statements and resolutions stressing the need to achieve a peaceful solution "through dialogue".

According to Russia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, on Wednesday, the U.S. delegation scaled down the work on the document, refusing to include the call for a settlement of the situation on the Korean peninsula through dialogue in it.

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