Russia, US in spat over United Nations condemnation of N. Korea

A week after the missile attack in Syria, U.S. forces in Afghanistan struck an Islamic State tunnel complex with the largest nonnuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, reportedly killing 95 militants, Pentagon officials said. Trump said he offered China significant trade inducements to help increase pressure on North Korea.

A draft of the statement said that the members of the powerful United Nations organ "strongly condemned" the missile firing as a "violation" of related Security Council resolutions and demanded North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests".

North Korea has recently launched ballistic missile tests and threatened to conduct its sixth underground nuclear test.

Moon said he was willing to both negotiate with the North Korean regime and work with U.S. President Donald Trump toward those ends, as tensions between them are becoming an urgent security threat for Seoul.

Beijing has always been concerned about potential instability in North Korea should the regime in Pyongyang collapse, fearing both an influx of refugees and the potential of reunification under a South Korean government closely allied to the US.

The Yellow Sea directly separates mainland China from the Korean peninsular, and is a natural deployment area if Beijing decides to intervene militarily in the standoff with North Korea.

That is why China and the USA must act now.

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The report, carried by Reuters, also warned the usa and its allies "should not mess with us".

The row between Russian Federation and the United States came ahead of a Security Council ministerial meeting next week on North Korea that will be chaired by US Secretary of States Rex Tillerson. China is North Korea's closest ally.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks about Iran and North Korea after reading a statement at the State Department, on April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. "Whatever comes from the USA, we will cope with it".

Hwang Kyoahn, South Korea's acting president, called for military and security ministries to remain vigilant in a meeting Thursday with top officials.

The defense ministry said USA and South Korean air forces were conducting an annual training exercise, codenamed Max Thunder, until April 28.

Behind the heated rhetoric, Trump's strategy in the region looks somewhat similar to predecessor Barack Obama's - albeit with the added unpredictability of a new president who has shown he's willing to use force. North Korea always denounces training exercises involving America, South Korea, and other allies, portraying them as practice sessions for a full-scale invasion and sometimes even as the first stage of an invasion disguised as a training exercise.

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