United States in fresh warning to North Korea over nuclear weapons programme and ballistic missile tests

The United States says it will tighten economic sanctions on North Korea as it aims to halt the country’s “unlawful” nuclear weapons programme and ballistic missile tests.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an “urgent national security threat” as they warned the country’s leader Kim Jong-un that the US remains “prepared to defend ourselves and our allies”.

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the White House said the Trump administration remains “open to negotiations” and it “seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

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Source: News Now/ ITV Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.