Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Trump renews threat of force against North Korea over nuclear weapons

Trump renews threat of force against North Korea over nuclear weapons

President Donald Trump discussed North Korea's strongest nuclear test yet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, as the US proposed crippling new sanctions and world leaders tussled over whether pressure or dialogue was the best way to rein in the rogue nation.

The circulating a draft resolution at the United Nations that would bar crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation's exports of textiles and prohibit employment of its guest workers by other countries, according to a diplomat at the world body.

"In order to compel North Korea to come to the dialogue table, United Nations sanctions must be strengthened", Moon told Putin, a South Korean spokesman told the Yonhap news agency.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday expressed his opposition to proposals to cut off oil supplies to North Korea, Seoul's presidential office said.

"We will respond to the barbaric plotting around sanctions and pressure by the United States with powerful counter-measures of our own", North Korea said in a statement by its delegation to an economic forum in Vladivostok. Pressuring China and North Korea could force negotiations for a peaceful solution.

China - the main economic lifeline for North Korea - has always been hesitant to completely cut off the crude oil supply to North Korea, anxious that economic instability could bring a flood of refugees to the Chinese border and the potential fall of its ally North Korea to US ally South Korea.

Mr Trump is to speak on Wednesday with China's president. "The other half is dialogue and negotiation".

"Given the new developments on the Korean Peninsula, China agrees that the U.N. Security Council should respond further by taking necessary measures", Wang, the foreign minister, told reporters.

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Trump did not address sanctions as he spoke at the White House, where he appeared alongside Sheikh Sabah Ahmed al-Sabah, the visiting Kuwait ruler.

President Donald Trump says neither he nor China's leader will put up with North Korea's provocative actions.

"I wouldn't read too much into the absence of an assertion" that North Korea must renounce its nuclear weapons, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss some aspects of the evolving US policy toward North Korea.

A senior administration official downplayed Trump's remarks afterward, saying Trump had not meant to signal he would accept North Korea as a nuclear state.

The South Korean President reportedly told Putin that the concerned parties "must intensify the severity of the UN Security Council sanctions more to bring the North to the path of dialogue". "We had a very, very frank and very strong phone call", Trump said. That partly explains the recent emphasis by Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others on the overwhelming strength of USA military capabilities. He and May agreed to continue work on "increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea".

New measures by the worldwide community should be aimed at "harming the nuclear and missile program of the government of North Korea while helping restart dialogue and negotiation", Wang said.

"We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner", Mr Putin said in a news conference after meeting Mr Moon.

The comments came after Pyongyang on Sunday triggered global alarm with its most powerful nuclear blast to date, claiming to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

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