North Korea, UN Agree to Communicate Regularly

South Korea approves budget for 'decapitation unit' targeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

North Korea's official news agency on Wednesday quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly criticizing senior US administration officials' "bellicose remarks" and the ongoing military exercises.

Trump has not ruled out using force to stop the North from achieving that capability if diplomacy fails. According to a report on December 7 by Chosun Ilbo, one of South Korea's major newspapers, Kim's unusually high-profile appearance in the region, despite the enhanced US military presence in South Korea recently, suggested that he might have a way out, in the event that the USA carries out a strike against the country. He has repeatedly said he hopes for a diplomatic solution to the peninsula's crisis.

With both sides escalating the conflict this year through a series of missile and nuclear tests by both North Korea and a joint military drill of the US and South Korea, Lavrov said, "Now, of course, it will be more hard to create conditions for the resumption of dialogue".

But North Korea isn't and won't be completely isolated.

And on Thursday, two B-1s joined Vigilant Ace, a massive US and South Korea aerial exercise involving 230 aircraft, 12,000 personnel, and the US's top stealth jets.

Jeffrey Feltman, the highest-ranking United Nations official to visit the reclusive communist state since February 2010, had a series of meetings with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and his deputy Pak Myong Guk in the trip which ran from Tuesday to Friday.

"I have to brief the secretary general first" was all U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said when asked for details of his trip.

President Donald Trump's administration has laid out a strategy of "maximum pressure" for dealing with North Korea. Feltman carried no message from Washington, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said.

A senior United Nations official left Pyongyang on Saturday after four days of talks with the North Korean Foreign Ministry.

China and Russian Federation had proposed that the United States and South Korea stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programmes.

On November 29, North Korea launched the Hwasong-15, its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile to date, which has put Pyongyang closer to being able to target the continental US.

Uganda has a deep military relationship with North Korea, with its police and military receiving training support from the North.

At the meeting, Defense Minister Song said war has changed completely compared to the past amid growing asymmetric warfare threats such as nuclear, missile and cyber attacks.



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