U.S. & S. Korea vow punitive action against “hostile” North

Apr 27, 2017, 7:33 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald has not ruled out the possibility of negotiations with North Korea.
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The U.S. and South Korea tightened the noose around the North on Thursday, warning Pyongyang of “swift punitive measures” if it resorts to further provocative activity with its nuclear and missile expansion programs.

The ultimatum came as the Trump administration announced its strategy to upend diplomatic pressure on N. Korea in addition to tightening the existing sanctions to full-throttle, writes the BBC.

Democratic Senator Christopher Coons, who attended a special presidential briefing for 100 U.S. Senators, said the administration is preparing “clear-eyed and well-proportioned” strategy to counter a growing nuclear threat from Pyongyang, notes The Guardian.

Despite a string of verbal face-offs with N. Korea, the U.S. has not ruled out the option of negotiations to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, reports Reuters.