Here are all the latest developments since the latest "toughest" UN sanctions imposed on North Korea on August 4: US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pledged to continue to apply strong diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, the White House said in a statement. The two leaders spoke by phone on Friday and also agreed on revising a bilateral missile treaty. The UN Security Council unanimously condemned North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an "outrageous" threat and demanded that the country not launch any more missiles and abandon all nuclear weapons and programmes. In a statement, the Security Council said it was of "vital importance" that North Korea take immediate, concrete actions to reduce tensions and called on all states to implement UN sanctions on North Korea. North Korea has fired a ballistic missile that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean, in a step termed by the Japanese prime minister as a "grave threat".
South Korean official says Kim Jong Un has extended an invitation to President Trump and has pledged North Korea will refrain from nuclear testing. President Trump will accept an invitation by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to meet, the White House confirmed Thursday night, in a dramatic development after months of sabre-rattling between the two world leaders. Kim extended an invitation to meet with Trump and the president agreed that the two would meet by May, South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong announced at the White House. "President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. "He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined.
President Trump said Thursday it would be "a very sad day for North Korea" if the United States is forced to use its military to respond to Kim Jong Un's nuclear threats. "I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it's something, certainly, that could happen," the president said during a press conference at the White House. "Our military has never been stronger." North Korea over the weekend conducted its most power nuclear test yet, with the regime claiming it tested a hydrogen bomb. Boasting Thursday that the United States' equipment is "the best in the world," Trump said: "Hopefully, we're not going to have to use it on North Korea.
There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency said, despite rising tensions. Mike Pompeo said Pyongyang was moving at an "ever-alarming rate" with its weapons programme and another missile test would not be surprising. But he warned that Washington's "strategic patience" was over. Both sides have used hostile rhetoric, with President Donald Trump threatening "fire and fury" on the North. Mr Pompeo said he was "quite confident" that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would "continue to try to develop" the country's weapons programme.
North Korean officials said Friday the regime would continue its nuclear buildup as long as South Korea and the United States continued to engage in joint military exercises. Officials said that if the nations continued their military drills, North Korea would not negotiate regarding its nuclear weapons.