Missile Tracking Exercises Scheduled Amid Nuclear Tension With North Korea

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"He also said there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of honest dialogue".

The announcement is line with the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 2375, which focused mostly on curbing the North's imports of oil products. In their last test on November 29, North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that had a range of hitting anywhere in the United States. During his visit to North Korea earlier this week, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman assured the country's leadership of the worldwide community's commitment to peaceful solution of the North Korean issue, the UN Secretary General's office said on Saturday.

North Korea has showcased its rapidly improving missile and nuclear weapons programs through a series of provocative tests this year.

"The United Nations expressed concerns over the heightened situation on the Korean peninsula and expressed willingness to work on easing tensions on the Korean peninsula in accordance with the UN Charter which is based on worldwide peace and security", KCNA said.

"It is expected that the updated sanctions will block the inflow of illegal financial funding into North Korea and raise the risk of trading with such organizations and individuals", the official at Seoul's foreign ministry said.


The naval blockade was also pushed for by Washington during the discussion of sanctions against North Korea in September, but the provision was not included in the resolution since China and Russian Federation opposed such measures.

Tensions over the North's weapons programme were raised further after a fresh ballistic missile test last week.

The United States and South Korea conducted large-scale military drills this week, which the North said have made the outbreak of war "an established fact".

Despite calls from other world leaders for restraint, this year has seen US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hurl insults at each other, both at one time saying the other was mad.

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