Chinese-Russian naval drills begin off North Korea

Friday, 22 Sep, 2017

North Korea said on Saturday it aimed to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the United States.

On Sept. 11, the United Nations Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, imposing a ban on the isolated nation's textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

The U.S. and Japanese jets also flew in formation over waters near Kyushu, Japan, a southern portion of the country that is the closest major island to the Korean Peninsula.

A U.S. official said that Trump would later Thursday make an announcement of further sanctions on North Korea.

The plight of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims that United Nations officials have described as ethnic cleansing is getting early attention at the annual gathering of government leaders at the world body.

The move comes as worldwide sanctions and pressure are deepening over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. The country flight-tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

Pyongyang's objective, Davis said, is to have a reliable ballistic missile capability so it can defend itself from what leaders view as the threat of a USA attack.

Later, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that "some related parties" - a reference to the USA and North Korea - "keep sending threatening messages both in words and deeds that include warnings of military action".

The U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what it assessed was a single North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile overflying northern Japan and landing in the Pacific Ocean east of Japan, said Cmdr.

It said Beijing "will never accept the "responsibility" imposed by the U.S".

A South Korean military official told Newsis the drill was part of "regular deployment training" created to "improve extended deterrence". He previously said the idea should be "deeply considered" by the allies, inflaming already-heated debate on the issue.

Unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine (UDMH) is an incredibly volatile liquid propellant that North Korea has reportedly been using to fire its missiles.

China's central bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It also noted that sanctions should not harm "legitimate economic and trade exchanges between North Korea and the outside world" and the lives of everyday people.

A foreign ministry spokesman for the North called the sanctions "the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility", intended "to physically exterminate the people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)".

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said: "We call on all parties to be calmer than calm and not let the situation escalate out of control", according to a report from the state-run China News service, on Thursday.

"Without the cooperation of these three countries, we will not solve the problem", he told reporters in China.