The letter, reportedly written by vice director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff Rear Adm. Michael J Dumont, said North Korea "has a long-standing chemical weapons program with the capability to produce nerve, blister, blood and choking agents".
That blunt assessment from the Pentagon is in response to a letter from two Democratic congressmen asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea.
US President Donald Trump never seems to miss a chance to take a swipe at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
While the joint military drills between the US and South Korea that both sides say are defensive in nature they enrage South Korea's neighbor to the north - Pyongyang views them as practice for an eventual invasion. Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against North Korea when he arrived in Japan yesterday, saying the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and "no dictator" should underestimate USA resolve.
Recent drills over South Korea by two USA strategic bombers have further raised tensions.
"We aim to encourage people to avoid problematic transactions with North Korea (through these sanctions) and to exercise caution with North Korea-related transactions in general", said Unification Ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun in a regular media briefing.
"The regime continues development of its unlawful weapons programs including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly over Japanese territory are a threat to the civilized world and worldwide peace and stability".
Trump will visit China from Wednesday to Friday. Trump is looking to present a united front with Japan against North Korea through meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"A full discussion of US capabilities to "counter North Korea's ability to respond with a nuclear weapon and to eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons located in deeply buried, underground facilities" is best suited for a classified briefing", the daily said.
During the state visit, South Koreans are also bracing for the possibility that Trump will renew his criticism of Moon over his support for diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang - something the USA president once called "appeasement" - and will again threaten to pull out of a free trade pact between the two countries.
They said South Korea's promises that it will not deploy additional parts of the THAAD system, will not join the U.S. It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.
"This is a country that grew out of the total devastation of the Korean War, and over a matter of six, seven decades we've become a thriving democracy. and a thriving market economy", the foreign minister said.
This is part of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's efforts to sever ties so that North Korea can not financially benefit from the very countries it threatened to destroy. "The warmongering, arms-selling businessman Trump shouldn't come to Korea", the coalition said.
'There is only one way that this war ends.
Last year, South Korea unilaterally closed operations at the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex, saying cash from the zone was being funnelled to the North's weapons programme.
When he took office, Hariri promised "a new era for Lebanon", which had been in a political deadlock for two years. Hezbollah's leader urged Lebanese citizens to refrain from protesting in a bid to stave off escalating tensions.
The 32-year-old Isner forged a break point at the start of the third set, but missed it with a wasteful forehand which went long. But I think it just goes to show how physical tennis is, especially with someone like Rafa who's played a lot this year.
An address on file with the county lists Boucher as living in a gated community just east of Paul's home in Bowling Green. The attacker, 59-year-old Rene Boucher , was arrested and as being held in Warren County jail on a $5,000 bond.
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The Alliance will begin in the pirate-infested Kul Tiras , while the Horde will tackle the trolls on the continent of Zandalar . The server was massively popular, but Blizzard issued a cease and desist order for copyright infringement.
The former National Basketball Association star reportedly collapsed without warning, at which point security rushed to help him. In a March interview with Us Weekly , Odom indicated that he was turning his life around, mostly by trying to stay sober.
In light of Trump's anti-trade, anti-immigration agenda that runs counter to decades of GOP dogma, George W. This is the first time that both former presidents have spoken out publicly to disavow President Trump.
However, Mr Turnbull declined the offer, saying: "We thank New Zealand for making an offer, we are not taking it up at this time". Turnbull held bilateral talks with New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern at Kirribilli House in Sydney this morning.
The small Swedish automaker's Agera RS supercar has claimed the title of World's Fastest Production Car at 277.9 miles per hour . Towards the end of the second run, the Agera RS even surpasses 450 km/h - close to the speed of a small aircraft.
A gunman shot dead at least 20 worshippers during Sunday morning services at a Baptist church in Texas , news media reported. Video on KSAT television showed first responders taking a stretcher from the church to a waiting AirLife helicopter.
Strangers ticketed for having sex on Delta flight
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Nokia 5 with 3GB RAM launched at Rs 13499
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StarCraft II Going Free-To-Play Starting November 14
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Slaven Bilic to hold talks with West Ham United chairmen
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Mobile And Sprint's Merger Plans Are Dead
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Don't forget to fall back when Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday
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Deshaun Watson suffers torn ACL, lost for season
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Starbucks Revenue Misses, Selling Tazo Tea
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