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Mattis hints at military options on North Korea, no details

Grace Jo and her sister Jinhye Jo gather with volunteers to raise awareness about North Korean refugees in Washington in 2015 Mattis hints at military options on North Korea, no details
Christy Curtis | 20 September, 2017, 01:08

The white House said Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump had spoken by telephone about keeping pressure on North Korea using economic sanctions imposed through the United Nations.

In a New York Times article, the Japanese Prime Minister notes that the worldwide community must remain united and apply the sanctions against North Korea after its multiple missile tests.

The report did not directly link the drills to current tensions over North Korea.

The so-called Orient Shield 17 drills, which are part of an annual two-week exercise, were held with around 1,200 soldiers taking part.

China's Zinhua News Agency said the joint military exercises between Russia and China will take place near the Russian city of Vladivostok, which is close to the North Korean border.

The United States often sends such high-tech, powerful aircraft in a show of force in times of heightened animosities with North Korea.

Diplomacy and dialogue will not work with North Korea and concerted pressure by the entire worldwide community is essential to tackle the threats posed by North Korea, Abe wrote. Sanctions are not "a tool for stifling the regime", it said.

North Korea on Monday said that additional sanctions will push it to accelerate its nuclear plans, Reuters reported.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said North Korea is "intentionally doing provocations that seem to press against the envelope for just how far can they push without going over some kind of a line in their minds that would make them vulnerable". Kim was also the first ambassador to Spain, with the North Korean Embassy opening in February 2014.

Kim Jong-un's hermit state has repeatedly conducted missile launches in recent months, despite the United Nations ordering it to cease.

Pyongyang has launched dozens of missiles as it accelerates a weapons programme created to provide the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

The US jets flew alongside four South Korean F-15K jet fighters as part of "routine" training, the statement said, adding that the allies would continue such exercises to "improve their joint operation capabilities against contingencies".

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