'US is brigand pursuing vile goal of war' - N. Korean minister

'US is brigand pursuing vile goal of war' - N. Korean minister

Pyongyang also conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, prompting vehement reprimands from neighbouring Japan and the United States.

"Given the new developments on the Korean peninsula, China agrees that the UN Security Council should respond further by taking necessary measures", he told a press conference in Beijing.

Pyongyang's immediate neighbour and arch rival, South Korea, expects another missile test by the North to mark its founding anniversary.

Two of the system's launchers are already operational, and the remaining four were added yesterday amid protests by residents living near the site in South Korea. It also provides hundreds of thousands of tonnes of oil and fuel to the impoverished regime.

The matter is, after all, ultimately between the U.S. and North Korea, which have still not signed a peace treaty to formally end the Korean war.

"North Korea's nuclear and missile development is at a new stage of grave and imminent threats", Onodera told Mattis, the ministry said, adding that his USA counterpart shared the view.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in joined forces Thursday in calling for further diplomatic and economic pressure to be placed on the socialist regime.

"The defence sector, in step with the party's Byungjin policy (of developing the economy and nuclear weapons at the same time) must make cutting-edge Juche weapons in greater quantities", the Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial, referring to the national philosophy of "Juche" or self-reliance.

The official said that the danger of war is rising, and that the USA is also concerned about North Korea exporting its nuclear technology to other nations or to terror groups. The measure also would freeze all of the North's and Kim's foreign financial assets, and outlaw North Korean textiles exports.

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The other country opposing the draft resolution is Russian Federation, another source of oil for North Korea.

But neither side appears willing to budge.

Military officials in South Korea said that no signs have been detected yet to suggest a missile launch or other provocations are imminent.

Earlier Thursday, the final parts of a controversial United States missile defense system arrived at a base in South Korea as hundreds of protesters thronged the area amid a huge police presence.

The decision to deploy THAAD, created to shoot down short- to medium-range missiles mid-flight, has drawn strong objections from China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned this week that further THAAD deployment "can only severely damage the strategic security balance in the region", harm the strategic interests of other countries such as China and cause further antagonism on the Korean Peninsula.

Residents and activists have raised worries over rumored health hazards linked to the system's powerful radar and the possibility the town will become a target of North Korean attacks.