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US, allies push for United Nations meeting on North Korea rights abuses

US, allies push for United Nations meeting on North Korea rights abuses

The national security advisor reiterated that the North Korean threat is "increasing every day" and explained that we're "in a race to be able to solve this problem".

The war games follow reports on Saturday of the establishment by South Korea's military of a "decapitation unit" tasked with neutralising the North's leadership - including Kim Jong-un - and destroying nuclear and missile facilities if war breaks out. The latest test was the highest and longest any North Korean missile had flown, landing in the sea near Japan.

Washington has said repeatedly that all options, including military ones, are on the table in dealing with North Korea while stressing its desire for a peaceful solution.

DONALD Trump's national security adviser said the possibility of war with North Korea increases "every day" as the rogue nation said America was "begging for war".

Last week, North Korea shattered 2½ months of relative quiet by firing off an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers say showed the reclusive country's ability to strike the U.S. East Coast.

On Saturday Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated his country's condemnation of the missile test.

Pyongyang condemned the scheduled annual drill.

It was nearly 10 times more powerful than the 10-kiloton test carried out by the North previous year, according to South Korean experts.




-South Korea air exercise, with Pyongyang calling it an "all-out provocation" that could lead to nuclear conflict as a US lawmaker warned of a growing likelihood of "preemptive war" on the divided peninsula.

On the heels of Wednesday's emergency Security Council session on the test-firing, however, he could not offer new details on what the council may decide to do to in response.

"We are trying in the Security Council to find a way to make (North Korea) change its policy and that is a role we play here and that is the role that I will be playing as president of the Security Council".

"They will be the first victims if a war is started on the Korean peninsula".

Kim first made the threat in September in response to Trump's United Nations speech threatening to destroy the North and mocking him as "Little Rocket Man".

The exercises come less than a week after Pyongyang fired off an intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can reach the "whole" mainland of the United States.

But analysts remain unconvinced that it has mastered the advanced technology to allow the rocket to survive re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

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