Japan PM warns North Korea against continuing nuclear program

Japan PM warns North Korea against continuing nuclear program

South Korean President Moon Jae In stressed that diplomacy, not war, was the way to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat, even as the South yesterday completed the deployment of a missile shield. He told Moon he'd support "in principle" South Korea fitting its missiles with heavier warheads, which would give the country a potentially greater deterrent against its neighbor.

Trump did not elaborate on what he had in mind, but the White House has said the president may approve the sale of "many billions of dollars' worth of military weapons and equipment" to Seoul.

His comments come just 24 hours after he warned of a "planetary catastrophe" should "military hysteria" over North Korea continue to esculate.

Most analysts and policymakers agree cutting off supplies of oil to North Korea would hurt its economy.

China is by far North Korea's biggest trading partner, accounting for 92 per cent of two-way trade a year ago.

On Monday night the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused North Korea of "begging for war" at an emergency meeting.

Moon, a liberal who took office in May, had initially showed a preference for a diplomatic approach on North Korea, but his government has since taken a harder stance as the North continued its torrid pace in weapons tests. "But we will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea", Trump told reporters, though he offered no specifics. The Yonhap News Agency cited the South Korea's spy agency as saying there is a chance Pyongyang could fire an ICBM into the Pacific Ocean.

China objects to both the military drills and the deployment in South Korea of an advanced United States missile defense system that has a radar that can see deep into Chinese territory.

Russian Federation backs a Chinese proposal for peace talks based on a freeze of North Korea's nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korean military drills.

"They will eat grass but they will not turn away from the path that will provide for their security", he said.

Trump is to speak Wednesday with China's president.

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Either way, it's too unsafe to assume North Korea is bluffing.

The PRC would lose a measure of control over the DPRK, but it would still be neutral, and the US would be deprived of a diplomatic victory and leverage.

"We believe that sanctions and pressure are only half of the key to resolving the issue".

Trump, who reportedly threatened over the weekend to pull out of the U.S. "War is never something the United States wants".

Moon took power in May pledging to seek peace talks with Kim's regime.

Known as "freeze for freeze", the proposal calls for Pyongyang to freeze its nuclear program in exchange for the United States and South Korea suspending their joint military drills.

Putin repeated his assertion that sanctions and pressure won't be enough to rein in North Korea.

China and Russian Federation oppose the installation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin pushed to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula Thursday, telling an economic forum that the United States could be playing into North Korea's hands by trying to ramp up the pressure on Pyongyang.

South Korea earlier in the day paved the way for the full deployment of a USA missile defense system while its military conducted a live-fire drill with North Korea's test site as the virtual target. This drew a harsh response from the global community. "On the one hand it's asking North Korea to freeze or do what it's already supposed to be doing under global law", Pinkston said.

John DeLury, a professor at Yonsei University in South Korea, says the meeting in Vladivostok is part of Putin's efforts to increase Russia's presence in East Asia.

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