US Considering Shooting Down Any Missiles From North Korea, Reports Claim

US Considering Shooting Down Any Missiles From North Korea, Reports Claim

The situation deteriorated further after Pyongyang claimed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test September 3.

Trump and Xi spoke on the phone days after Trump and his aides publicly discussed potential military action against North Korea.

"More dialogue with North Korea would be a dead end", Abe explained in an opinion piece in The New York Times, arguing that past attempts to "solve the problem through dialogue failed".

North Korea, which has conducted more than 80 missile tests under third-generation leader Kim, says it needs its weapons to protect itself from USA aggression.

Dastis, who is in NY to participate in the UN General Assembly, said that the decision was taken after "repeatedly warning the ambassador and (North) Korean authorities".

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would be adding more sanctions on North Korea.

Kuwait said it has ordered North Korean ambassador So Chang Sik and four other diplomats to leave within a month as the country downgraded diplomatic relations with Pyongyang.

Trump said, "We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea's spies".

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Trump's most direct military threat to attack North Korea was his latest expression of concern about Pyongyang's repeated weapons tests.

The North also flew two powerful new midrange missiles over Japan in recent weeks.

Pyongyang has warned the US and South Korea that ground and bombing drills by the two allies could spark a nuclear war.

The official Xinhua news agency said the joint exercises will take place between Peter the Great Bay, just outside of the Russian far eastern port of Vladivostok, not far from the Russia-North Korea border, and into the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, to the north of Japan.

Still, despite heated rhetoric and posturing in the United States and North Korea, there has been no positioning of USA military assets to suggest a military conflict is imminent. Prodded by Washington, the United Nations has responded with the toughest economic sanctions on North Korea yet.

Guam, a base for USA naval and air forces, is about 3400km from North Korea, a distance that an intermediate-range ballistic missile could reach.

"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his address that the United States, if threatened, would "totally destroy" his country of 26 million people.