Kim has ‘everything’ to lose with hostile acts, warns Trump Dec 09, 2019 0 967 12345 AFPWashingtonPresident Donald Trump warned on Sunday that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un had “everything” to lose through hostility towards the United States, after Pyongyang said it had carried out a major new weapons test.“Kim Jong-un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way,” Trump tweeted in response to the unspecified test at the Sohae space launch centre.The announcement of Saturday’s test came just hours after Trump said he would be “surprised” by any hostile action from the North, emphasising his “very good relationship” with Kim.Trump and Kim engaged in months of mutual insults and threats of devastation in 2017, sending tensions soaring before a diplomatic rapprochement the following year.The pair have met three times since June 2018 but with little progress towards denuclearisation. Pyongyang has set Washington a December 31 deadline to make new concessions to kickstart stalled talks.“North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearise as promised,” Trump tweeted. “NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!” Writing that Kim had “signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement” at their June 2018 summit in Singapore,” Trump warned: “He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the US Presidential Election in November.” A spokesman for North Korea’s Academy of the National Defence Science said “very important test” would have an “important effect” on changing the “strategic position” of North Korea, in a statement carried by the official KCNA.The statement did not provide further details on the test.A senior US administration official earlier said Washington had seen reports of a test and was “coordinating closely with allies and partners.” Trump indicated that military action was still possible when he was asked about Pyongyang on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Britain this week. North Korea fired back that if the United States used military force it would take “prompt corresponding actions at any level.” Sohae is ostensibly a facility designed for putting satellites into orbit. But Pyongyang has carried out several rocket launches there that were condemned by the US and others as disguised long-range ballistic missile tests. RELATED ARTICLES 30,000 MONKS ATTEND MASS ALMS-GIVING IN MYANMAR Dec 09, 2019 0 535 At least 43 killed in ‘horrific’ factory fire in India’s capital Dec 09, 2019 0 970 UK’s Johnson leaves political future open in case of Tory defeat in Thursday’s vote Dec 09, 2019 0 616 Jury would convict Trump ‘in 3 minutes flat,’ says key lawmaker AFP Washington The chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee said on Sunday that if the impeachment case against President Donald Trump were put to a jury, there “would be a guilty verdict in three minutes flat.” .. Polio returns to haunt Malaysia after almost 30 years Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has reported its first polio case in 27 years, health authorities said on Sunday, announcing a three-month-old baby had been diagnosed on Borneo island. The Malaysian health ministry’s .. Afghan vote count impasse no closer to resolution, two months after poll DPA Kabul Two months after presidential elections in Afghanistan, a meeting aimed at finding a solution on how to handle 300,000 disputed votes failed to bring about a breakthrough on Sunday. The votes could determine .. Pope gives plum job to Filipino cardinal tipped as possible successor Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday promoted Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, a man tipped as one of his possible successors, to a key position within the Vatican administration. Tagle was appointed head of the .. Scotland would vote for independence if Brexit goes ahead London: Scotland would vote in favour of independence if Brexit goes ahead, but would vote to against it if Britain remains in the European Union, according to a poll released on Sunday. The poll, conducted on behalf of the ..