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川普:针对朝鲜导弹试射,不排除任何选项

Source: 恒星英语学习网    2017-08-31  我要投稿   论坛   Favorite  

North Korea has acknowledged firing a ballistic missile over Japan, saying it was to counter current joint exercises by South Korea and the United States.

In a Wednesday morning dispatch from Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted leader Kim Jong Un saying the drill for the launch of the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile was "like a real war" and the first step by North Korea's military for operations in the Pacific and "a meaningful prelude to containing Guam."

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese leader Shinzo Abe agreed in a phone call Wednesday that maximum pressure needs to be applied in order to get North Korea to engage in dialogue to resolve the ongoing crisis.

"President Moon said that launching an intermediate range ballistic missile to fly over Japan's airspace was not a simple provocation, but violent conduct to a neighboring country," South Korean presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun said.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters Wednesday that China is working with the other members of the U.N. Security Council and hopes those efforts can help peacefully resolve the nuclear crisis.

President Donald Trump said in a Tuesday statement that "all options are on the table" following the latest North Korean missile launch.

North Korea "has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior," Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

Asked by VOA what he plans to do about North Korea, before boarding a helicopter at the White House Tuesday morning, the president replied, "We'll see, we'll see."

Speaking during an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council Tuesday evening, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Pyongyang has violated every single U.N. Security Council resolution and the world is united against its actions.

"It is time for the North Korean regime to recognize the danger they are putting themselves in," Haley said. "The United States will not allow their lawlessness to continue, and the rest of the world is with us."

Both the Chinese and Russian envoys emphasized that there is no military solution to the issue.

The Security Council held two hours of closed consultations on the situation and then issued a presidential statement that "strongly condemns" the recent launch.

"The Security Council further condemns the DPRK for its outrageous actions and demands that the DPRK immediately cease all such actions," said Egyptian ambassador Amr Aboulatta who is council president this month. He referred to North Korea by its official acronym.

The council also demanded that Pyongyang not conduct any further ballistic missile launches and comply fully with its obligations under numerous council resolutions, including the most recent, adopted on August 5. That demand looked set to be ignored as media reported that the North Korean leader said the country should conduct more missile tests into the Pacific Ocean.

U.S. intelligence officials said they see few signs that Pyongyang is likely to be deterred.

"North Korea has been conducting an uNPRecedented level of testing since early 2016 and we have not seen anything in their defiant posture to suggest that has changed," one official told VOA on condition of anonymity.

U.S. defense officials said the North Korean missile, launched Tuesday from an air base near Pyongyang, landed in the Pacific Ocean, about 930 kilometers east of Japan.


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