Haley warns NKorea about attacking US base or testing ICBM

WASHINGTON — The United States could strike North Korea if it attacks a us military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile, President Donald Trumps U.N. ambassador said Monday. North Korea conducted two nuclear tests a year ago alone, which would have improved its knowledge on making nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.

Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile and has said all options are on the table, including a military strike.

In Washington, the Trump administration invited the entire 100-member Senate for a briefing Wednesday on the escalating crisis.

The phone conversation was "a good thing" for the two countries and the whole world, spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang said at a regular press conference on Monday. "The one thing I can tell you right now, if there's a war between us and North Korea now it'll be over there not here".

On Saturday, the same outlet quoted a foreign ministry spokesperson who threatened Australia with a nuclear attack after Australian Prime Minister Julie Bishop said North Korea would be the subject of further Australian sanctions.

North Korea has an air base in Wonsan and missiles have also been tested there. President Trump has been urging China to do more to pressure Kim Jong Un's regime over its nuclear weapons program. But senior officials have repeatedly said that "all options" remain on the table. South Korea's navy said there aren't plans for a joint military drill with the submarine. Monday's call is the second time that the two leaders have spoken by telephone since meeting in Florida earlier this month.

Doing so could prompt US action with an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, two destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser sailing for the waters off the Korean Peninsula.

The US and its allies fear North Korea could be preparing to conduct another nuclear test or launch more ballistic missiles. The official was not authorized to discuss the ship movement publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Envoys on the North Korean nuclear issue from the United States, South Korea and Japan are meeting in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Tuesday. He recently deployed a fleet of four warships to the Sea of Japan as a "show of force" in response to North Korean missile tests.

The U.N. Security Council last week condemned the actions by North Korea as "highly destabilizing behavior".

"China is very much the economic lifeline to North Korea", President Trump said in a tweet Friday, "so, while nothing is easy, if they want to solve the North Korean problem, they will". They've put pressure on him.

"I hope to attend the meeting myself to cooperate with the United States, South Korea, China - which has a large influence on North Korea - and Russian Federation to firmly call on North Korea to exercise restraint", Kishida said.

The Pentagon said its leaders and other top officials will give a classified briefing on North Korea to United States senators on Wednesday at the White House, rather than the usual secure rooms at the Capitol.

  • Leroy Wright