Trump's Secret Weapon in North Korea Standoff: Unpredictability

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In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters he hopes "there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria and that the USA will follow the line that President Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign".

The statement, which was tabled by the USA, would also tell North Korea not to conduct further nuclear tests.

"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", Pence, who is on a 10-day trip through Asia, added.

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A full orchestra played the music to accompany the video, which depicts North Korean missiles soaring over the Pacific to engulf the US west coast in flames. It has been claiming that Kim's regime has already developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the mainland US.

Most experts believe the regime is still at least several years from that goal, but the North does have conventional weapons with a proven range to put US troops and allies in the region at risk. China, North Korea's biggest trade partner and supplier of most of its food and energy, could do more to make sanctions effective, according to critics in the United States including Trump. The North's propaganda outlet Uriminzokkiri also took an aim at Washington's plot to strengthen sanctions against Pyongyang. "The move is a delusion aiming to stifle us", the website said on Thursday (20 April).

President Trump's refusal to specify when or how he might use military force against North Koreans has emerged as a strategy unto itself amid rising tensions over Pyongyang's continued missile testing and drive toward nuclearization. For its part, China fears a collapse of the government might prompt an influx of millions of refugees and - in the event of South Korea absorbing its neighbour- create a well-armed U.S. ally straddling its border.

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A Security Council press statement has no binding power, but to issue them approval from all 15 members is required in principle.

The language on North Korea's nuclear program was more straightforward.

The singing was followed by footage of its test-firing of a missile in February which, in the video, was joined by other missiles shooting into sky, passing over the Pacific and exploding in giant balls of flames in the United States. However, this time the statement reportedly dropped "through dialogue" from the draft, which Russian Federation had insisted it be included, according to Reuters.

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