North Korea missiles a 'direct threat' to Russian Federation

North Korea missiles a 'direct threat' to Russian Federation

North Korea missiles a 'direct threat' to Russian Federation

In his speech, Mattis made no mention of President Donald Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate change agreement, a move that infuriated allies far and wide.

Glossing over disagreements, the defense chiefs from Japan and France on Saturday welcomed US leadership in the Asia-Pacific to manage the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and maintain regional peace.

The North says it needs nuclear weapons to forestall the threat of USA attack.

The defence chief spoke directly to concerns America might grant concessions to China to ensure cooperation on North Korea, saying the issue was not "binary" and that the United States would continue to pressure Beijing elsewhere. "We can not and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo", he added.

Pyongyang on Monday test-fired another rocket, the latest in a series of launches and atomic tests that have ratcheted up tensions over its quest to develop weapons capable of hitting the United States - something Trump has said "won't happen". "Our two countries can and do cooperate for mutual benefit".

He said the threat from North Korea was "clear and present" and that Pyongyang had increased its pace of pursuing nuclear weapons.

"I urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner".

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China has strived to develop and improve friendly and cooperative relations with other countries in the Asia-Pacific, with China-U.S. relations forging ahead positively and steadily, China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination progressing at a high level and China-India strategic cooperative partnership deepening, the senior Chinese military official noted.

Japan stated on Saturday that it is pleased with the Trump administration's policy toward North Korea and called on European navies to send vessels to the region.

During his nomination hearing earlier this year, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that the US was "going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island-building stops, and second your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed".

"They do have a broad range of options to exert non-military pressure on North Korea, unlike any other country", she said yesterday.

"Like it or not, we are a part of the world", he said.

Kim Jong-un's foreign ministry spokesman confirmed earlier on Sunday that North Korea has again rejected United Nations' sanctions against its citizens and entities as a hostile act.

The issue arose briefly during questions from his audience, but Mattis did not address it directly. Addressing Pyongyang's threats, she stressed: "The United States is making clear through both words and deeds that 'all options are on the table.' I strongly support the USA position". He has often advocated positions at odds with Trump's more nationalist tendencies, calling for the United States to remain an active part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, fulfill promises that it already has made to global partners, and prepare its military for how climate change could lead to new missions.

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