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22 September, 2017

Monday's flyovers came three days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in apparent defiance of US -led global pressure on the country.

State media on Saturday quoted Kim as saying that North Korea's final goal "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the USA and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option" for the North.

"I am against such threats", she told the Deutsche Welle broadcaster when asked about Trump's remarks.

The U.S. has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan's direction, but a future missile launch that threatens U.S. or Japanese territory will "elicit a different response from us", U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

Earlier this week, he said: "Now is not the time for dialogue".

President Moon Jae-in approved the South Korean missile launching and ordered his national security council to meet to discuss the latest North Korean missile test. "What's crucial now is to put sanctions into effect without lapses and that requires close cooperation with China and Russian Federation". However, it is necessary to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, because if North Korea becomes a nuclear power, Japan and South Korea might try to follow.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon hosted an interagency meeting to review Seoul's aid plan for infants and pregnant women in North Korea, according to the ministry. But some critics have raised questions over the effectiveness of the restrictions, as North Korea is still able to trade internationally. Each new test pushes the nation that much closer to that goal.

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Kim had told his top officials that the goal of Pyongyang's efforts "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option", according to the nation's state media.

North Korea has conducted a number of missile launches recently in the region, prompting the United States to consider if shooting down any Pyongyang-launched missile is the best way to address the threat, CNN reported.

The North and the U.S., a close Seoul ally, have in recent weeks exchanged a barrage of military threats, giving rise to worldwide concerns over a possible outbreak of war in the region. The North launched its latest missile as it protested against tough new United Nations sanctions over its sixth nuclear test on September 3.

He also said, without elaboration, that the Trump administration has military options against North Korea that would not put Seoul at risk.

"We do not desire the collapse of North Korea".

The US is ramping up pressure on the North, with its ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warning that Pyongyang would be "destroyed" if it refused to end its "reckless" weapons drive.

"No one wants war, the president doesn't want war".


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