China backs tougher measures against North Korea

North Korean crisis: Vladimir Putin warns of 'global catastrophe'

Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' over North Korea impasse

A US-drafted resolution circulated on Wednesday also called for banning textile exports and ending payments made to North Korean labourers sent overseas, further depriving the Asian country of revenue to pursue its military programmes.

"It's very hard to see that this first draft, in its current form, would go before the Security Council as early as Monday and be passed", said Jordan. The only way to get Kim to halt, if not reverse, his nuclear programme is with a firm and enforceable promise from the USA that it will not unilaterally attack North Korea or seek regime change.

Moon stressed that while reinforcing sanctions and pressure to make North Korea abandon nuclear and missiles, efforts need to be made to seek an ultimate resolution of the North Korean problem by peaceful means, the office said.

He further said that North Korea's nuclear test was an outrageous and unacceptable challenge to the security and safety of the world.

"China holds the key, the oil to North Korea flows from China ..."

The Sept 3 detonation was the country's largest and prompted global outrage, with the UN Security Council set to discuss a new draft resolution presented by Washington that would be the toughest-ever imposed against the isolated regime.

Pyongyang's Sunday test of what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile triggered global alarm and has divided the worldwide community as it scrambles for a response.

Haley reiterated USA threats to impose sanctions on countries that trade with North Korea.

The phone call comes on the heels of Trump and his administration's stern warnings to North Korea that further threats would be met with military force, including with a possible nuclear strike.

"The world will witness how the DPRK tames the USA gangsters by taking a series of actions tougher than they have ever envisaged", the unnamed spokesman said.

"If North Korea's challenges do not stop, I think things will transform into an uncontrollable situation", the South Korean president has added.

"We could deliver Russian pipeline gas to Korea and integrate the power lines and railway systems of Russia, the Republic of Korea and North Korea".

"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.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday to address how best to deal with the latest incitement from the rogue state, which claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb over the weekend.

The issue of South Koreans seeking compensation for forced labor during Japan's 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula remains another thorny issue between the two neighbors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the two leaders "decisively condemned" North Korean weapons tests.

"We have been in consultations that oil has to be part of the final sanctions", South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said.

USA officials say such restrictions could have a major impact on North Korea's military and industrial economy as it lacks its own oil resources.

South Korea installed the four remaining launchers of a U.S. anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on a former golf course south of its capital, Seoul, early on Thursday. China has also been strongly against the deployment, arguing that the battery's presence undermines its security interests in the region.

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