News Live: US warns North Korean leadership will be #39;utterly destroyed#39; in case of war
US warns North Korean leadership will be ‘utterly destroyed’ in case of war
The United States warned the North Korean leadership that it would be “utterly destroyed” if war were to break out, after Pyongyang test fired its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, putting the US mainland within range, reports Reuters. The Trump administration has repeatedly said all options were on the table in dealing with North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear weapons programme, including military ones, but that it still prefers a diplomatic option.
Speaking at an emergency UN Security Council meeting, US ambassador Nikki Haley warned: “We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it. If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday (on Wednesday)… And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” She said the US has asked China to cut off oil supply to North Korea, a drastic step that Beijing – the North’s neighbour and sole major trading partner – has so far refrained from doing.