Moon, Abe to Persuade China, Russia of Tougher Sanctions against N. Korea

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

US President Donald Trump would discuss with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping the security challenge posed by North Korea following Pyongyang's biggest nuclear weapons test, the White House said.

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to introduce a United Nations Security Council resolution that would cut off oil and natural gas exports to North Korea, among other things.

"It's a provocation from North Korea, it's obvious", Putin said of North Korea's latest nuclear test. However, Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has said this may be "a little premature".

The draft resolution takes aim directly at North Korea's leadership, proposing a freeze on Kim's assets as well as those of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea and the government.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that pilling more sanctions on defiant North Korea led by headstrong leader Kim Jong Un will be counterproductive and could trigger "a global catastrophe".

As well as the US, South Korea and Japan, plus permanent Security Council members France and Britain, have called for stronger measures against it, with several arguing for a potentially crippling oil embargo.

During a phone call, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is reported to have told Mr Trump: "It is crucial to come up with powerful and practical measures that can make North Korea realize [the impact of its actions]".

A new poll from Gallup Korea shows that some 58% of South Koreans don't believe that North Korea will start a war, and 37% think they will.

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Pyongyang held a banquet, concert and performances in a weekend display of pageantry to celebrate the September 3 nuclear test, which the North said was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a rocket.

He said as anxiety is escalating among the people of South Korea and Japan, the two nations should exert the greatest pressure on the North so that it will abandon its weapons program, but at the same time resolve the issue in a peaceful way.

Speaking after the talks, the two men said that resolving the North Korea crisis as soon as possible was their top priority but they appeared to have diverging views on the problem.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is still unwavering in its threat to cut off trade with any nation doing business with North Korea.

North Korea said it would respond to any U.N. sanctions and USA pressure with "powerful counter measures", accusing the United States of aiming to start a war.

"If our participation in talks is desired, I will immediately say yes", Merkel told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview to be published on Sunday. "Now it is inevitable to cut off oil supplies to the North, we hope Russian Federation will cooperate as well", Moon was quoted as telling Putin by presidential spokesman Yoon Young-Chan, Yonhap news agency reported.

In the past, Kim and his men have conducted umpteen tests, ignoring sanctions against them, but have mostly failed to threaten the likes of the USA, against whom it plans to mount an attack.

The sources added that the British Foreign Office is investigating whether "current and former nuclear states" helped the North Korean regime with its nuclear program.

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