North Korea labels Donald Trump a 'war merchant and strangler of peace'

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America's sale of weapons to South Korea and Japan has worsened the atmosphere in the region and created a "hair trigger situation", added the North Korean dispatch.

"The Australian foreign minister personally expressed her support for the stand of the consider all options including the use of force towards DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)", KCNA said. "The nation's leadership views its nuclear stockpile as a sword of justice". Historically, the North had tended not to provoke directly during the military drills.

According to local news agency Yonhap, he made the comment while visiting an American guided-missile submarine in Busan.

A Chinese newspaper source said publication of all its prepared stories on North Korea had to be canceled irrespective of their content after the order was handed down. The joint drills led by the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier come after hectic US military hardware movements around the Korean peninsula in recent days. Guam is home to US military facilities with an estimated 6,000 troops.

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Meanwhile, the speaker of South Korea's parliament, Chung Sye-kyun today called on North Korea to resume talks over its nuclear and missile program. "Our experts are working on technology, on how to improve our systems", Stoltenberg said.

The reports, from US Naval Institute News and Navy Times, said the USS O'Kane would deploy from Hawaii to join the ballistic missile defense mission in the Western Pacific.

In July, North Korea fired two ICBMs on steep trajectories into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan.

"It did move the mountain", said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

North Korea threatened Australia of dire consequences if it continues to back US military, economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang, its state-run media said Saturday. Recalling the placement of some 1,250 US Marines to Darwin, in the far north of Australia, in April for a six-month deployment, North Korea claimed that Australian forces practiced for "amphibious landings" in North Korea.

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