The president of the Philippines blasted the leader of North Korea on Wednesday by using a derogatory remark and accused him of playing around with risky toys which can destroy the region.
Given all the monsters that have crawled from under the rock with the toppling of Hussein and Qaddafi and the Taliban, it's sensible to consider that toppling Kim may precipitate a worse crisis than the current one - where North Korea, apart from other threats, is testing intercontinental ballistic missiles to get U.S. territory in range.
A team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a single test reentry vehicle Wednesday at 2:10 a.m. That month, the Air Force also conducted a test of a missile interceptor launched from Vandenberg.
The U.S. Department of State warned in a statement of the "grave and growing risk of arrest and prolonged detention" that U.S. citizens supposedly face in North Korea.
North Korea's nuclear ambitions will be high on the agenda of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum (ARF) meeting on Monday hosted by the Philippines, foreign ministry spokesman Robespierre Bolivar told reporters.
"What we would expect to see this year at the meeting would be a general chorus of condemnation of North Korea's provocative behavior", she said.
He said: "We're trying to convey to the North Koreans, we are not your enemy".
However it won't mean a complete ban on U.S. passports holders, some will be able to apply for an exception to the ban including journalists and humanitarian workers.
"Even if there is an agreement between the U.S. and China, it doesn't mean there is an agreement between the P5 members", said Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who met with Liu earlier on Thursday and discussed a possible resolution.
In his interview on MSNBC on Wednesday, McMaster described North Korea's missiles as a "grave threat".
This July 28, 2017 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 29, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) celebrating a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hwasong-14 at undisclosed place in North Korea.