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‘United’ Pakistan denounces Donald Trump’s remarks

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Published Aug 31, 2017, 3:08 am IST
Updated Aug 31, 2017, 3:08 am IST
The missile flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the northern Pacific Ocean.
US President Donald Trump. (Photo: AP)
 US President Donald Trump. (Photo: AP)

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday ruled out any talks with North Korea, which fired a ballistic missile on Tuesday that flew over Japan, forcing people to seek shelter.

The missile flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the northern Pacific Ocean. This is the first time North Korea has fired what is thought to be a ballistic weapon over Japan.

 

“The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!” Mr Trump tweeted.

Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promised more missile flights over Japan, insisting his nuclear-armed nation’s provocative launch was a mere “curtain-raiser”, in the face of UN condemnation and US warnings of severe repercussions.

The UN Security Council — which has already imposed seven sets of sanctions on Pyongyang — said in a unanimous statement the North’s “outrageous” actions “are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states”.

 

Both the North’s key allies China and Russia, which also has ties to it, backed the US-drafted declaration. 

Pakistan’s parliament on Wednesday denounced the statement made by US President Donald Trump and said the whole nation was on one page against the US new policy.

The National Assembly passed a resolution condemning Mr Trump’s “hostile and threatening” statements against the country and opposing his move to provide more space to India in Afghanistan in the new Afghan and South Asia policy.

Foreign minister Khawaja Asif read the resolution passed in the House, denouncing the US policy to give a formal role to India in Afghanistan. “The House condemns attempts by the US to provide more space to India in Afghanistan and considers it a move highly detrimental to regional stability and complete failure to understand existing ground realities in the region,” it said. It also rejected Mr Trump’s claim of giving Pakistan billions of dollars in aid.

 

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