Nato warns North Korea military action would have 'devastating consequences'

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The "provocations aggravate the situation of the Korean peninsula into a touch-and-go phase, " the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, according to Yonhap news agency.

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg told AFP on Friday that a military intervention against North Korea would have "devastating consequences", after US President Donald Trump said diplomatic efforts had failed.

The ruling party's powerful propaganda apparatus urged the executives to ensure that news stories on North Korea do not exacerbate public frustration and asked that stories are not covered in depth even if they are based on original information or perspectives, the sources said. "There is also the possibility for North Korea to test shorter-ranged ballistic missiles, which in the past did not lead to United Nations sanctions".

Trump also mocked North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, labeling him "little Rocket Man" and madman. Pyongyang's latest diatribe comes in the wake of the United States dispatching its powerful and strategic military assets to the Korean peninsula to carry out drills.

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Lately, there have been frenzied military hardware movements by the USA around the Korean peninsula, which resulted in a riled-up and defiant Pyongyang conducting a series of missile launches, including its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month after global sanctions were imposed on it. Mr Trump has said all options, including military ones, are on the table to stop Pyong yang. He later said the USA had declared war and his country had the right to shoot down American warplanes flying in worldwide airspace. This could be the Hwasong-14 inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), whose range could extend to Alaska, or Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missiles which Pyongyang threatened to fire towards the US Pacific territory of Guam in August, the report said. The comments came shortly after U.S. bombers and fighter jets flew near its eastern coastline. Earlier this week two supersonic United States heavy bombers flew over the Korean peninsula, staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea, the latest in a series of flyovers. It has a much longer maximum range and could potentially reach the US West Coast, said the report. The allies' militaries will participate in the Maritime Counter Special Operation, which is created to defend the infiltration of North Korea's special warfare forces.

The Pyongyang regime has criticised Australia's "dangerous moves" in its support for the U.S. in its political and military provocations and should it continue it will not be able to "avoid disaster".

The gag order is apparently aimed at preventing the already high tensions over North Korea from escalating before and during the Chinese Communist Party's twice-a-decade congress due to open Wednesday.

Bishop said that the threat of war is now the greatest it has been in 60 years since the Korean War. "Right now we think the threat is manageable but over time, if it grows beyond where it is today, well, let's hope that diplomacy works", Kelly added.

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