North Korea denies role in global cyberattack

A senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of relations with South Korea on Friday as the two countries attempt to mend a rift in ties over the deployment of a US missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats.

US President Donald Trump has called for "far stronger sanctions" on North Korea and warned last month that a "major, major conflict" with Pyongyang was possible.

North Korea has feted the scientists and technicians behind its latest missile launch with a parade on the streets of Pyongyang, the state news agency reported on Friday. The looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S. -backed local forces must still finish the fight for the extremists' two main strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

In recognition of that test, the developers reportedly received a hero's welcome in Pyongyang.

The paper praised those responsible for the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile for showing the world "the strength of the powerful self-reliant nuclear state".

Though the North has accelerated its missile testing in recent years, Sunday's launch appeared aimed at avoiding a military response. It noted that "patent applications are not covered by the provisions of U.N. Security Council Resolutions". A rap group backed by China's government is warning South Korea in a music video that "you're going too far" with the deployment of a US missile defense system, as Beijing seeks to bring its state-supported cultural forces to bear in the global dispute.

"If this goes to a military solution it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale, and so our effort is to work with the United Nations, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation", Mattis said at a news conference.

The United Nations Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea. "There is no reason for North Korea to be having these actions outside of the fact they just choose to do so". Rather than go for distance, the launch mimicked some conditions that would be involved in firing an ICBM, such as controlling for re-entry and maintaining missile stability.

"You either support North Korea, or you support us", Haley said. "Therefore, the urgent issue to be settled on the Korean Peninsula is to put a definite end to the USA hostile policy towards DPRK, the root cause of all problems".

  • Leroy Wright