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South Korea Calls For Further Sanctions On North

Russian president Vladimir Putin has called North Korea's nuclear test provocative Russian president Vladimir Putin has called North Korea's nuclear test provocative
Garry Little | 11 September, 2017, 00:37

The Russian leader criticized sanctions as "useless and ineffective", instead urging the global community to offer security guarantees to North Korea.

"The worldwide community must unite in applying the greatest possible pressure on North Korea", Mr Abe said in a speech alongside Mr Putin and South Korea's Moon Jae In at an economic forum in Vladivostok. "This is a message that should be sent to North Korea to make it change its stance", Abe stressed.

Since the Korean War, Beijing has avoided prodding North Korea to the point it might collapse, fearing a destabilizing economic blow and the possibility of the USA military gaining influence on its border via a unified Korea.

But he said he believed North Korea's leadership feared that any freeze of its nuclear programme would be followed by what amounted to "an invitation to the cemetery".

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.

US Prime Minister Donald Trump, along with Japanese Prime Miniuster Shinzo Abe and South Korean president Moon Jae-in, are pushing for an oil embargo against Pyongyang, a measure that has been opposed by both Russian Federation and China.

Though President Trump has claimed "talk of appeasement" with North Korea "will not work", Mr Putin said he believes the Trump administration is "willing to resolve the situation". That would include China. The tests began ratcheting up over the summer, as did Trump's rhetoric against the country. Abe is due to meet Putin separately later in the day.

He and Putin "shared the understanding that resolving the North Korean issue is top priority", Moon told reporters.

Japan upgraded its assessment of the North Korean test to 160 kilotons from 120 kilotons after the size of the natural disaster it generated was revised to 6.1. Previous estimates have ranged from 50 kilotons to 120 kilotons. "We estimate this was far bigger than previous nuclear tests". "This may have left some room for North Korea to pursue its nuclear ambitions", he added.

"We are alarmed by this risky provocation".

Despite a shared sense of alarm at the speed with which North Korea appears to be getting close to its goal of developing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the U.S., members of the United Nations security council are divided over their response. Those missiles, successfully tested twice in July, have the ability to reach the USA mainland, North Korea says. Sunday's test of what North Korea said was an advanced hydrogen bomb was its largest by far. The Worker's Party of Korea and the government of North Korea would also be subjected to an asset freeze.

The diplomats expressed optimism for the US-backed measure, despite Russian Federation and China's reticence.

"No matter how hard we press, the North won't give up the nuclear weapons to protect its security".

Washington formally requested a vote of the U.N. Security Council for Monday on proposed tough new sanctions against the reclusive country.

"When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard".

I think the conventional wisdom may be wrong.

South Korean tanks take part in military exercises Tuesday in Paju, near the North Korean border. If the military does not train and they're not prepared.

"We will respond to the barbaric plotting around sanctions and pressure by the United States with powerful counter measures of our own", the statement read.

"I will put forward to ministers to work in the coming days to increase European Union autonomous sanctions", Federica Mogherini said as she arrived for a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Tallinn.

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