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Trump vows to destroy North Korea's ‘Sick Puppy’ Kim Jong Un

New sanctions against the reclusive nation

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - As North Korea continued its provocation, a day after launching its new missile, the U.S. President Donald Trump too intensified his personal attacks on the North Korean dictator.

Trump, on Thursday derided Kim Jong Un as a "sick puppy" and threatened "major" new sanctions against the reclusive nation.

The statement by the U.S. President came a week after he announced new U.S. unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang and returned it to a U.S. list of state sponsors of terror.

The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meanwhile has called for "additional measures" to toughen up international sanctions, including allowing countries to intercept vessels carrying goods to and from North Korea.

Following Trump’s comments, Washington urged tough action as emergency talks on the North's latest provocation opened in the UN Security Council.

On Wednesday, the U.S. called on the international community to cut all diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea.

The U.S. stressed specifically that Chinese oil shipments to Pyongyang would have to stop.

The warning by the U.S. came after North Korea conducted a groundbreaking missile test.

On Wednesday, Pyongyang touted its third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, which it claimed was capable of striking any part of the U.S. mainland.

In testing the missile, North Korea poured cold water over hopes that the sections imposed on the nation in September were having effect as the country had not tested any missiles in two months.

Commenting on its latest test on Thursday, the North Korean leader said the Hwasong-15 weapons system testing had helped his country achieve the goal of becoming a full nuclear power, even as the international community continued to express outrage.

North Korea said the missile reached an altitude of about 4,475km (2,780 miles) - more than 10 times the height of the International Space Station.

The country further added that the missile carried a warhead capable of re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.

So far, however, the claim has not been proven and experts have cast doubt on the country's ability to master such technology.

North's official news agency KCNA said, "The ICBM Hwasong-15 type weaponry system is an intercontinental ballistic rocket tipped with super-large heavy warhead which is capable of striking the whole mainland of the U.S.”

Ri Chun-Hee, a star presenter who only appears for significant developments, made the announcement on state television.

She said, "Kim Jong Un declared with pride that now we have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power.”

North Korea even published photographs of its new model of the ICBM.

A large gallery of 42 photos published by the state newspaper Rodong Sinmun, unveiled the ICBM Hwasong-15 that has a rounded tip sitting on a transporter erector launcher (TEL) that has nine wheels on each side.

The images reportedly showed the preparation for the launch and the missile during its ascent, in addition to a smiling face of Kim, who observed the preparations and the flight of the missile both outdoors and from a control room.

Discussing the missile test at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Washington's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told her fellow envoys, "We call on all nations to cut off all ties with North Korea.”

Haley pointed out that Trump had called on his Chinese counterpart, urging him to "cut off the oil from North Korea.

She said, “That would be a pivotal step in the world's effort to stop this international pariah,” issuing a stern warning to Kim Jong Un.

She further warned, "If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

Meanwhile, Francois Delattre, France's UN Ambassador said the council should respond with a "tightening of the sanctions.”

Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho stressed, “The international community has to keep the pressure up."

Russia's UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said North Korea should stop its missile and nuclear tests but also called on Washington to cancel military exercises with South Korea planned for December as it would "inflame an already explosive situation.”

China meanwhile has suggested the North should stop the tests in return for a halt to U.S. military exercises - a proposal Washington has rejected in the past.

The UN Security Council will now consider next steps after three rounds of sanctions adopted in the past year failed to push North Korea to change course. 

BNN

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