Moon rules out nuclear weapons in South Korea

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North Korea has threatened to sink Japan and reduce the USA to "ashes and darkness" for leading the latest UN Security Council sanctions imposed on the country.

"The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb".

Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin suggested on Wednesday that the USA is willing to cut off trade "with anyone who trades with North Korea".

"It was hard to find out how powerful the nuclear test was with the amount of xenon detected, but we can say the xenon was from North Korea", Choi Jongbae, executive commissioner, told a news conference in Seoul.

Moon said he believed North Korea wanted to ensure "regime stability" and to be accepted as a nuclear power state, with a seat at the negotiating table with the US.

Seoul reportedly would give $3.5 million to the U.N. Children's Fund, or UNICEF, aiming to help children and pregnant women receive vaccines, medicine and nutritional aid.

New analysis of North Korea's September 3 nuclear test ― the regime's sixth-ever and most powerful to date ― suggests it could have been twice as strong as previously thought.

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North Korea has reportedly resumed work at its underground nuclear testing site, according to defense analysts, in a brazen act of defiance against the latest United Nations sanctions.

But sanctions advocates say that ultimately compelling full compliance from China, Russia, and other countries that undermine United Nations sanctions, will require the U.S.to levy secondary sanctions.

On the same day, South Korea announced it had conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile that would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of crisis. Or this from North Korea leader Kim Jong Un just one month later: Pyongyang "can tip new-type intercontinental ballistic rockets with more powerful nuclear warheads and keep any cesspool of evils in the earth, including the U.S. mainland, within our striking range".

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's top government spokesperson, said North Korea's comments were "extremely provocative and egregious", adding, "it is something that markedly heightens regional tension and is absolutely unacceptable".

The worldwide community has scaled up efforts to rein in North Korea, which has always been hell-bent on nuclear advancement, in light of its nuclear test earlier this month and its string of recent missile launches.

North Korea is continuing to antagonize its neighbors and the US.

The North claimed to have carried out a hydrogen bomb test.

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