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In terms of a sense of urgency, "North Korea certainly poses the greatest threat today", Dunford testified.

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's foreign trade and is under constant pressure from the USA and others to tighten the screws on its neighbor and former close Communist ally. Dunford said Pyongyang will have a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile "soon", and it was only a matter of a "very short time".

"It would be an incredibly provocative thing for them to conduct a nuclear test in the Pacific as they have suggested, and I think the North Korean people would have to realise how serious that would be, not only for the United States but for the worldwide community", Dunford said.

"The president said the United States speaks of military and diplomatic options, but South Korea can't go through war again".

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers and F-15C fighter jets did fly closer to the North on Saturday than ever before in the 21st century.

The announcement comes days after China confirmed that it will apply another major part of the sanctions: a limit on exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting October 1 and a ban on textiles from its neighbour.

The North has accused Trump of declaring war after he warned Kim's regime would not last if he persisted in threatening the United States and its allies, having earlier warned North Korea would be totally destroyed in such an event.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers a question from the media on North Korea, while meeting with the Holy See Secretary for Relations with States Paul Gallagher, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at the State Department in Washington.

North Korean businesses and ventures with Chinese partners must close within 120 days of the U.N. Security Council's September 11 approval of the latest sanctions, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

The new sanctions target North Koreans working as representatives of North Korean banks in China, Russia, Libya and the United Arab Emirates.

"A war on the Korean peninsula will have no winners and would be even worse for the region and regional countries", Lu told a regular news briefing.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Kim Jong Un to resume military talks and reunions of families split by the 1950-53 Korean War to ease tension.

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