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'Vicious' Sanctions Will Only Speed Up Nuclear Program: North Korea
Russian and Japanese leaders "decisively condemn" North Korean tests
11 September 2017, 12:51 | Marta Robbins
Valery Sharifulin TASS Host
The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean labourers overseas, and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
Earlier on Thursday, the final parts of the American Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system arrived at a base in South Korea as hundreds of protesters thronged the area amid a huge police presence.
North Korea has previously marked key dates with displays of military power, but now its tests appear to be driven by the need to improve missile capabilities. Putin did not say how close the two countries were to such an agreement.
To May, Trump stressed "now is not the time to talk to North Korea" and that "all options remain open to defend the United States and its allies".
Meanwhile, Sweden urged its citizens Friday to refrain from unnecessary trips to North Korea.
If North Korea is recognized as a state armed with nuclear weapons, South Korea and Japan are likely to seek to possess nukes in response.
In the past, Pakistan has helped North Korea with nuclear weapon enrichment technologies while North Korea supplied Pakistan with missile design technologies. The implication is that even the USA administration is tentatively viewing the latest nuclear test as being for a hydrogen bomb - which marks the first time a reference to one has been made by the United States government [about North Korea].
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated Beijing's opposition to South Korea's deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System, also known as THAAD. This emphatically includes in that process the revival of triangular cooperation with North Korea, reviving the effort to connect Russian Federation and China with South Korea by rail through the North, as well as other economic and political means to assure North Korea of both its security and its economic development. They also say the health rumors that have spurred local concerns about the system's powerful radar component are groundless and no such issues have been reported at other THAAD sites.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution. He added that it is understood by most political circles that the hysteria around the "North Korea threat" within the U.S.is largely due to the "ulterior motive" of the neocons to envelop China militarily.
Moon showed commitment to the tripartite cooperation of the South and North Koreas and Russian Federation, and Putin strongly supported it.
Putin made the remarks Wednesday after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Vladivostok, Russia.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he hopes their two countries can work together to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.
The statement says both leaders stressed that the global community has condemned North Korea's "provocations".
Putin opposed the recognition of the North as a nuclear-armed state and strongly warned it over its sixth nuclear bomb test in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Abe will meet Putin on Thursday. "Hopefully, we're not going to have to use it on North Korea".
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