North Korea calls latest UN sanctions 'an act of war'

North Korea calls latest UN sanctions 'an act of war'

Trump wrote in the forward that "We are rallying the world against the rogue regime in North Korea".

Trump's national security strategy document was released Monday and says that Washington has to confront the challenge posed by North Korea's weapons programs.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says can reach anywhere on the US mainland. Much of the discussion centered on North Korea.

Tensions have escalated this year between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's continued development of nuclear and ballistic weapons, with exchanges of bellicose rhetoric that have sparked fears about the risk of war.

A diplomatic source said Chinese agreement on the tougher sanctions was the result of discussions between the governments of China and the United States.

The ministry said that Pyongyang could also seek to improve its ties with South Korea.

Pyongyang has slammed the United Nations sanctions as an "act of war".

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The Unification Ministry says next year, North Korea is likely to explore the possibility of holding talks with the USA while seeking recognition as a nuclear-weapons state.

In addition to periodic meetings between high-ranking officials of the two nations' militaries and intelligence agencies, a direct hotline will be installed between the Seoul headquarters of USA forces based in South Korea and the Chinese military's Northern Theater Command, which is based in Shenyang, Liaoning province.

Sources said that USA officials indicated a more cautious approach would be taken concerning unilateral military action by the United States against North Korea as long as China continued to take a cooperative stance.

DPRK is short for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"China has made enormous efforts to push for settlement through dialogue and negotiations and has paid a price higher than all the other parties for the objective of implementing the council's resolutions", Deputy Ambassador Wu Haitao said.

"It was underlined that it is necessary to move from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as soon as possible", the statement said, adding that it was Tillerson who initiated the call.