US warns of sanctions on any country trading with North Korea

Putin was attending a meeting in Xiamen, China, of leaders of five emerging economic powers known as BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Moon urged Russian Federation to back stronger sanctions including the cutting off oil supplies, but Putin expressed concern that such moves would hurt regular North Koreans, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's chief press secretary.

North Korea in July carried out its first two successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), apparently bringing much of the United States mainland into range.

Moon arrived here earlier in the day for a two-day visit.

The report did not say any breakthrough was achieved ahead of a Security Council session the USA has requested for Sept 11. Its envoy called its weekend nuclear test a - quote - "gift package to the U.S." from his country, which is known officially as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK.

China's state news agency said Xi expressed China's adamant position about "resolving the nuclear issue through talks". That would include China.

President Donald Trump says USA military action against North Korea is not "a first choice but we'll see what happens". They analyzed the data they collected immediately after the nuclear test on September 3 until noon the next day.

In Moscow's case, that would mean stopping using North Korean labourers, tens of thousands of whom work in Russian Federation, and halting fuel supplies to Pyongyang.

A serious strategy would also strengthen the military and intelligence tools we have with our allies to check North Korean military ambitions going forward. Previous estimates have ranged from 50 kilotons to 120 kilotons.

"This is far more powerful than their nuclear tests in the past", Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said. From its nuclear energy program, Japan sits on a stockpile of reprocessed plutonium that could be turned into the material for thousands of bombs.

South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Beijing, meanwhile, has kept up its calls for talks, though it also has advocated stronger sanctions on Pyongyang. We will need a more aggressive strategy for defeating Pyongyang's cyber activities and to interdict North Korean movements of money and technology related to its nuclear and missile development.

The Seoul-based Asia Business Daily reported Tuesday that North Korea was preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile before Saturday.

Putin said it was clear that Pyongyang already had a nuclear capability - and in any case, no missile defense system could offer adequate protection against conventional long-range artillery.

"We can not resolve this situation without diplomatic tools, without talks".

Known as "freeze for freeze" the proposal calls for Pyongyang to freeze its nuclear program in exchange for the US and South Korea suspending their joint military drills.

"The idea that some have suggested a so-called "freeze for freeze" is insulting", United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday.

Despite lately inching closer to the more hawkish American position by hosting the annual military exercises with the USA and despite responding to the latest hydrogen bomb test by taking some military actions and adopting a more bellicose language against the Kim regime, the priority of the South Korean government is still to help maintain the current stability on the peninsula by contributing to the alleviation of the crisis through diplomatic means.

Daniel Pinkston, professor of International Relations at Troy University agrees the freeze-for-freeze deal doesn't make sense.

He tweeted that South Korea's talk of "appeasement" with North Korea wouldn't work because "they only understand one thing!" If the military does not train and they're not prepared.

South Korea and Japan can present no picture of apocalyptic retaliation by themselves - which adds to their current vulnerability.

The North answered with more defiance. "Let's wait and see how the situation develops further", he said.

Russian Federation and China have already prepared a "road map", which contains specific proposals to ease tensions in the region.

  • Leroy Wright