Sept. 18 Letters: Give diplomacy a try in North Korea

The U.S. Marine Corps&apos F-35B stealth jets drop inert GBU-32 bombs during training over Korea on Sept. 18 2017 in this

Experts say a counter-attack by Kim could be devastating to Seoul, which has a population of 10 million, and is only 35 miles away from the border with North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in have agreed to toughen sanctions against North Korea in a bid to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.

The worldwide community must remain united and enforce sanctions against North Korea after its repeated launch of ballistic missiles, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an editorial published in the New York Times on Sunday.

Wang told Lavrov that the North's nuclear issue must, by all means, be resolved peacefully, adding that China will continuously and fully implement UN Security Council resolutions and abide by worldwide obligations.

Mattis hinted on Monday that the United States military has options to retaliate against North Korea that wouldn't put South Korea's capital Seoul at risk, but said "he will not go into details".

A UN General Assembly meeting will be held on on Tuesday, with North Korea's nuclear threat expected to be high on the agenda.

The US said it conducted the new military exercise with the South in response to the North's recent missile and nuclear tests, said the source.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urged all parties to seek a "peaceful resolution" to the current stand-off with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

This was North Korea's first missile test since it detonated its most powerful nuclear bomb to date on September 3.

Trump's National Security Advisor HR McMaster said the United States would "have to prepare all options" if sanctions prove insufficient to stop the North's weapons drive. Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said North Korea was starting to "feel the pinch".

The United States military has carried out several flights over the Korean Peninsula in joint bombing drills with the South amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. 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.

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