America’s Diplomat: North Korea ‘Begging for War’

The United States on Monday said countries trading with North Korea were aiding its “dangerous nuclear intentions” as the United Nations Security Council mulled tough new sanctions and the isolated regime showed signs of planning more missile tests.

South Korea said it was talking to Washington about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula following the North’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in a telephone call to scrap a warhead weight limit on South Korea’s missiles, South Korea’s presidential office said, enabling it to strike North Korea with greater force in the event of a military conflict.

Trump also spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the telephone, reiterating that “all options” to address the threat are on the table. In a statement, the White House said the two leaders condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and reaffirmed the importance of close coordination at the United Nations.

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