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New US Travel Ban ; North Korea, Venezuela, Chad Among 8 Countries


 New US Travel Ban

President Donald Trump issued a new travel ban Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities.

Trump ordered the new restrictions to replace an expiring measure that had locked him into political and legal battles over what critics alleged was an effort to block Muslims from entry into the country since he took office in January.

"Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," Trump said in a tweet.

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Donald Trump does not rule out army action against North Korea


Donald Trump

"Military action would certainly be an option. Is it inevitable?  Nothing is inevitable. It would be great if something else could be worked out," he told reporters at a news conference with the Kuwait's Emir Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yesterday.

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'Sad Day' For NKorea If US Takes Military Action, Says Trump


Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would prefer not to use military action against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threat but that if he did it would be a "very sad day" for the leadership in Pyongyang.

Trump again pointedly declined to rule out a US military response following North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test as his administration seeks increased economic sanctions, saying Pyongyang was "behaving badly and it's got to stop."

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United States warns of sanctions on any country trading with NKorea


U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin

"I have an executive order prepared. It's ready to go to the president. It will authorise me to stop doing trade, and put sanctions on anybody that does trade with North Korea.

The president will consider that at the appropriate time once he gives the U.N. time to act," Mnuchin told reporters on a flight back to Washington from North Dakota, where Trump gave a speech on tax reform. 

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Vladimir Putin warns sanctions can’t rein in North Korea


Vladimir Putin

Speaking after the meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution to the country’s nuclear and missile development. 

Moon had been calling for Moscow to support stronger sanctions against Pyongyang, which conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

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Trump To Speak With Xi Jinping On North Korea: White House


Xi & Trump

US President Donald Trump would discuss with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping the security challenge posed by North Korea following Pyongyang's biggest nuclear weapons test, the White House said.

On Sunday, North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile and called its sixth and most powerful nuclear test a "perfect success", sparking world condemnation and promises of tougher US sanctions.

President Trump's call to Xi Jinping is part of his efforts to reach out to global leaders on the issue of North Korean threat.

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In Latest Test, NKorea Detonates Its Most Powerful Nuclear Device Yet


NKorea

North Korea sharply raised the stakes in its stand-off with the rest of the world Sunday, detonating a powerful nuclear device that it claimed was a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to a missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

Even if Kim Jong Un's regime is exaggerating its feats, scientific evidence showed that North Korea had crossed an important threshold and had detonated a nuclear device that was vastly more powerful than its last - and almost seven times the size of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

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'We'll See,' Donald Trump Says On Potentially Attacking North Korea Over Its Nuclear Test


Donald Trump

President Donald Trump signaled Sunday that he was not ruling out a retaliatory strike against North Korea in response to its overnight nuclear test, while Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned the isolated country that any threat to the United States or its allies would be met with "a massive military response."

Trump called North Korea's nuclear test, its biggest to date, "very hostile and dangerous to the United States" and said his administration was considering sweeping new economic sanctions to pressure China and every other country that trades with North Korea.

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SKorea Missile Exercise After NKorea Nuke Test: Yonhap


South Korea

South Korea launched a ballistic missile exercise early Monday in response to Pyongyang's provocative detonation of what it claimed was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb, state news agency Yonhap reported.

The South's military conducted a live-fire exercise simulating an attack on the North's nuclear site, hitting "designated targets in the East Sea", the report added, quoting the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"The training came in response to the North's sixth nuclear test... and involved the country's Hyunmoo ballistic missile and the F-15K fighter jets," it said.

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NKorea 'Explosion' Points To Nuclear Test


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North Korea appeared to carry out a sixth nuclear test Sunday, with seismic monitors measuring an "explosion" of 6.3 magnitude near its main test site, sending tensions over its weapons ambitions to new heights.

The apparent test came just hours after it claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded into the country's new intercontinental ballistic missile.

The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the seismic tremor was detected near the North's Punggye-ri test site.

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