DONALD Trump has praised Kim Jong-un for not following through on his threat to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it was time to “dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy.”
Mr Guterres added: “My good offices are always available – and I conveyed this message yesterday to the representatives of the six-party talks.
“The solution to this crisis must be political. The potential consequences of military action are too horrific to even contemplate.”
9pm: Hope in North Korea war of words
Mike Pence said there were recent glimmers of hope on the North Korea situation.
He said: “Our administration has been marshalling the support of nations around the world, and as the President acknowledged this morning, we are beginning to see progress in dealing with North Korea’s provocations.”
7.20pm: Mike Pence urges Latin Amierican countries to break ties with North Korea
US Vice President Mike Pence has called upon Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico to break their ties with the rogue communist regime.
Speaking today in Chile, Mr Pence said that “all options” were on the table in regards to North Korea.
“The U.S. places great importance on the ongoing diplomatic isolation of the Kim regime and we strongly urge Chile today, and we urge Brazil, Mexico, and Peru to break all diplomatic and commercial ties to North Korea,” Mr Pence said at a joint press conference with Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet.
5.30pm: UN says it is time to ‘dial down rhetoric’
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it is time to “dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy” on North Korea and that he had told Russia, Japan, the United States, China and North and South Korea that he was available to help broker talks.
“My good offices are always available – and I conveyed this message yesterday to the representatives of the six-party talks,” Guterres told reporters. “The solution to this crisis must be political. The potential consequences of military action are too horrific to even contemplate.”
3.20pm: German Foreign Minister: ‘We are a bit more optimistic’
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that Chinese pressure on North Korea is making him more upbeat despite concerns over the upcoming military exercises.
“Since yesterday we are a bit more optimistic,” he said, nothing that Kim Jong-un appears to have been influenced by pressure from China.
“He said he would think about it further but it seems that the pressure put on by China worked.”
There are concerns that the situation could flare up again on Monday when the US and North Korea begins annual joint exercises sure to enrage North Korea.
2.55pm: Donald Trump praises Kim Jong-un’s ‘wise’ decision
Donald Trump praised North Korea’s dictator for his decision not to fire missiles towards the island of Guam this month.
North Korean media reported on Tuesday that the reclusive leader was delaying his decision to see what the US would do next.
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!” Mr Trump said on Twitter.
Tuesday August 15
2pm: Russia urges US and North Korea to end dispute
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the US and North Korea to “put the brakes” on their war of words in order to avert an “August crisis”.
Mr Lavrov discussed the situation in North Korea with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
10.30am: Kim Jong-un studies Guam strike plans in new pictures
North Korea has released new images showing Kim Jong-un analysing maps of Guam, the US territory he has threatened to surround with missiles.
The dictator is seen surrounded by military chiefs as he looks at what appears to be a flight path from North Korea to Guam.
It comes after Kim ordered his army to be “ready to strike at all times” after he received a report on a plan to launch missiles to land in the ocean near the territory.
4am: Kim Jong-un holds back on plans to fire missiles near Guam
Kim Jong-un ordered his army to “be ready to strike at all times” after he received a military report on a plan to launch missiles towards the US territory of Guam, North Korean state media reported.
Kim claimed he will “watch the actions of the US a little bit more” and warned that Donald Trump’s America should make “the right choice” to prevent a war.
9.20pm: US says ‘it’s game on’ if North Korea attacks Guam
On North Korea’s threats on Guam, US defence secretary James Mattis said: “If they do that it’s game on; we’ll take it out.”
He continued: “We will defend the [US] from any attack, at any time, from any quarter. You don’t shoot at people in this world — unless you want to bear the consequence.”
8.25pm: Top US brass say conflict with North Korea not ‘imminent’
CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Donald Trump’s national security adviser, say that a military confrontation with North Korea is not imminent.
But they claim the possibility of war is greater today than a decade ago, adding that the Trump administration is “prepared to deal militarily with North Korea, if necessary”.