China's top diplomat says he approves further North Korea sanctions

Such moves would hit North Korea and its leader hard, especially so soon after the council voted unanimously on August 5 on sanctions that would cut $1 billion from the North's export revenue.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke with US President Donald Trump Monday and agreed to lift current restrictions on the payload weight of South Korea's ballistic missiles, according to a South Korean presidential spokesman.

Abe told Trump that North Korea's nuclear test is a serious threat to Japan's security that poses a "head-on challenge" to the worldwide community.

Russian Federation has a land border with North Korea less than 20-km long.

British officials fear that the recent technological advancement in North Korea's nuclear capabilities may be the result of Iranian aid, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

"It's a road to nowhere".

"So we think that this military hysteria will not lead to good results".

North Korea says it detonated a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the South Korean military has held drills as a show of force.

"They would rather eat grass but will not give up the [nuclear] program if they do not feel safe", Putin was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

Abe will meet Putin on Thursday.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he had an executive order ready for Trump to sign that would impose sanctions on any country that trades with North Korea, if the United Nations did not put new sanctions on it.

In a riposte, Ri said: "They busied themselves. making preposterous remarks like "the nuclear missile of North Korea are military means that can strike Europe".

That idea has been shot down by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

As president, Trump has alternated between angry and provocative responses to North Korea's fast-developing nuclear and missile programs, and conciliatory remarks about the country and its leader Kim Jong-Un.

Since then, the U.S. has proposed a resolution at the United Nations that would include broad new sanctions on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong Un, according to a United Nations diplomat.

He stressed that a military option should be "ruled out of any discussions".

Knowing the urgency to solve the matter of North Korea, the UN Security Council has scheduled its second emergency meeting in a week.

Merkel is widely seen in Germany as a safe pair of hands at a time of global uncertainty such as the North Korea crisis, Britain's looming departure from the European Union and Donald Trump's presidency in the United States.

China's state broadcaster, China Central Television, said Xi told Merkel that China remains committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to the region's peace and stability.

  • Leroy Wright