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EURONEWS EXCLUSIVE: Former NATO chief says more pressure is needed on North Korea

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry and NATO's former chief, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speak exclusively to Euronews on the escalating threats from North Korea

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EURONEWS EXCLUSIVE: Former NATO chief says more pressure is needed on North Korea

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The former head of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told Euronews that China and Russia must put more pressure on Pyongyang or risk an increase in American presence in the region.

The latest missile launch from North Korea, it’s furthest reaching yet, has split world powers who united behind new UN sanctions just days ago.

John Kerry, the former US Secretary of State told Euronews, “the United States remains deeply committed to the de-nuclearisation programme in North Korea and we are going to continue and here I agree with the Trump policy – putting additional requests to China, asking China to do more because China can do more.”

Agreeing with Kerry, former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said “they (China and Russia) should both realise that if they don’t do anything if the situation escalates and if the whole thing ends up in a military explosion then they will have more American presence in the region. So it’s also in their own interest to impact on the development (of the situation) through increased pressure on Kim Jong-Un.”

South Korea meanwhile conducted its first live-fire drill, strengthening Seoul’s preemptive strike capability in the face of increased aggression from its northern neighbour.