U.S. calls for Monday vote on new North Korea sanctions

U.S. calls for Monday vote on new North Korea sanctions

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that military action is not his "first choice" to address North Korea's ongoing moves to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, hours after he spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called the sixth nuclear test carried out by his country last week a great victory and praised the officials and experts responsible for it, state news agency KCNA reported on Sunday. Here, Abe and Moon stated that "now is the time to further increase sanctions and pressures against the North as much as possible rather than seeking dialogue", said Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

President Donald Trump says U.S. military action against North Korea is not "a first choice but we'll see what happens".

The UN has imposed several sanctions on Pyongyang, considering its incessant nuclear and ballistic missiles test, which have become a threat for several nations including South Korea, Japan and the United States.

The US is against North Korea's nuclear weapons but Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence unless Washington ends its hostile policy toward the country and dissolves the US-led United Nations command in South Korea.

The ban will lead to more deforestation, the report said, as North Koreans will be forced to cut down trees to produce charcoal, leading to "more erosion, floods and more famine" in the already impoverished country.

The proposed resolution would condemn "in the strongest terms" the latest nuclear test, which Pyongyang said was of a hydrogen bomb, calling it a "flagrant" violation of previous council resolutions banning all nuclear tests.

"Seoul also seeks to achieve North Korea's denuclearization peacefully", Cho added.

Pu Kyon Ja, owner of the store selling Korean traditional clothes and a second-generation Korean resident in Japan, said she felt the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons was a natural reaction against threats from the United States.

The fresh sanctions being put together by the UN Security Council are shaping up to be by far the strongest yet. However, the North has escalated over the past two times the way that it launches its missiles.

It said the exports made their way into China via a third country.

The new draft moderates the toughest parts of the original proposal, with a potentially crippling oil embargo on North Korea to be introduced progressively, diplomats said.

Seoul and Washington early Thursday deployed four more launchers in the South for the THAAD missile defence system, whose presence has infuriated Beijing.

He and May agreed to continue work on "increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea".

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