Officials' Tough Talk On North Korea Doesn't Necessarily Mean War

Officials' Tough Talk On North Korea Doesn't Necessarily Mean War

Efforts to boost sanctions face resistance from Russian Federation and Pyongyang's chief ally China, which has always been reluctant to take measures that could trigger instability or a refugee exodus on its border.

"But the next step, they think, is an invitation to the cemetery".

The official said that the danger of war is rising, and that the U.S.is also concerned about North Korea exporting its nuclear technology to other nations or to terror groups.

"And unfortunately, economic measures that might be adopted - they will definitely fall on the Korean people themselves, not on the Korean nuclear or ballistic (missile) problem", Nebenzia said.

If the US strikes first, North Korea could annihilate tens of thousands of South Korean civilians. Ahead of his meeting with Putin, Moon said the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will convene a hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss "Sanctions, Diplomacy, and Information: Pressuring North Korea".

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Thursday fueled speculation of an imminent launch, saying that North Korea may fire its next missile on Saturday - on the anniversary of its founding. The yen strengthened on Lee's remarks.

The announcement follows North Korea's detonation on Sunday of its largest ever nuclear bomb, which it claims to have been a long-feared hydrogen bomb capable of being placed on a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile.

Moscow supports the idea of deploying "security troops" acting under a UN mandate to eastern Ukraine and will submit a draft resolution on the issue to the UN Security Council, Putin said. "It will only severely undermine the strategic balance in the region, jeopardize strategic and security interests of the regional countries, including China, aggravate the tension and confrontation, and further complicate the Peninsular issue". The proposal would also freeze all foreign financial assets belonging to Kim and North Korea.

South Korea has lashed back, blasting K-pop music, local radio and global news in hopes of reaching the ears of northern soldiers.

Dozens of police and protesters were injured when officers clashed with some 400 residents opposed to four THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) launchers being installed at a base in Seongju, about 300 kilometres south of Seoul, the report said. In the past few months.

Washington and Seoul say the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system allows South Korea and USA troops stationed in the country to better cope with the threat of North Korean missiles.

Washington, Sep 7 (IANS) The US has proposed a range of new United Nations sanctions against North Korea, including an oil ban and a freeze on the country's leader Kim Jong-un's assets. The U.S. has said it wants the council to take up tougher sanctions at a meeting September 11.

Describing the call with Xi as a "very, very frank and very strong phone call", Trump said that he and Xi are on the same page.

It was not immediately clear how North Korean ally China and Russian Federation would vote, but a senior U.S. official on Friday night expressed scepticism that either nation would accept anything more stringent than a ban on imports of North Korean textiles.

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.

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