Moon Says This Is No Time for Talks with N.Korea

Asked if he was considering military action against North Korea, Trump told reporters: "Certainly that's not our first choice, but we will see what happens". Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations committee, said Trump has not yet demonstrated the stability or competence to be a successful president.

Xi also said that China attaches importance to Trump's visit to China later this year.

"This is a signal that China's policy to North Korea has not changed over the past decade", he said. Others say the system will cause Seongju to become a prime target for North Korean attacks.

The United Nations Security Council is to meet on Monday to discuss the next action against the reclusive state. "We estimate this was far bigger than previous nuclear tests".

The Security Council is due to vote in NY on a US-drafted resolution to impose new restrictions on the rogue state following its sixth and largest nuclear test, carried out just over a week ago.

North Korea's largest trading partner, China, has urged all sides to ratchet down their rhetoric.

Jia Qingguo, a professor of worldwide studies at Peking University in China, categorized North Korea's relentless missile and nuclear tests as "suicidal".

The nuclear test, North Korea's sixth since 2006, came on the heels of its groundbreaking launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles in July that pushed it closer to proving an ability to achieve a long-cherished goal: to have a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America.

"Does that mean that the diplomatic solution is easy? No!"

New sanctions could also seek to curb tourism to the country.

The South Korean side said it was important for the two nations to handle historical issues in a stable manner and to strengthen exchanges between the two nations in a more future-oriented manner.

World powers are scrambling to respond to the latest advance in North Korea's rogue nuclear weapons programme, which has sent global tensions soaring.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday that China would support the United Nations taking further measures against North Korea following its recent test.

Haley reiterated United States threats to impose sanctions on countries that trade with North Korea. Its sixth nuclear test on Sunday prompted the U.S. to speak about a "military response" and South Korea to conduct major military exercises.

South Korea's defence ministry said it was already strengthening its defences, in part by deploying more US-made Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile launchers. Officials say they are determined to keep the site clear of protesters to allow the U.S. to quickly install the additional launchers. More than 30 people were hurt when about 8,000 police broke up a blockade near the site by about 300 villagers and members of civic groups opposed to the deployment, fire officials said.

  • Zachary Reyes