McCain to North Korea: Aggression will lead to 'extinction'

McCain to North Korea: Aggression will lead to 'extinction'

[But] ramping up military hysteria will lead to nothing good.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Russian President Vladimir Putin this week to back stronger sanctions on the North, including an oil cutoff.

"While ignoring our government and the worldwide community's repeated demands and warnings, North Korea staged its sixth nuclear test following a series of ballistic missile launches".

Russian Federation and China said that the United States and ally South Korea stop their military drills - which anger the North - and end the deployment of the controversial anti-missile Thaad system in South Korea, in return for Pyongyang ceasing its nuclear and missile programme.

New measures by the worldwide community should be aimed at "harming the nuclear and missile program of the government of North Korea while helping restart dialogue and negotiation", Wang said. Haley did not spell out what measures Washington was seeking, but diplomats said it could target oil supplies to North Korea - potentially dealing a major blow to its economy.

THAAD would intercept missiles aimed for the southern half of the peninsula and projectiles targeting the United States.

The survey released on Friday showed South Koreans were considerably less concerned about war compared with June 2007, nine months after North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, in September 2006. Why are you playing along with it?

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A senior administration official downplayed Trump's remarks afterward, saying Trump had not meant to signal he would accept North Korea as a nuclear state.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Tuesday of a global catastrophe unless a diplomatic solution is reached over North Korea, but rejected U.S. calls for more sanctions as "useless", widening a split among major powers over how to rein in Pyongyang. But the report said the impact would likely be blunted on the military, which probably has enough fuel stockpiled to continue normal operations for the immediate future.

South Korean and Japanese jets joined exercises with two U.S. nuclear-capable bombers above and near the Korean peninsula two days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan.

Moon's chief press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, said Putin dismissed the idea, saying he believes no amount of pressure will force North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

North Korea has long maintained it wants nuclear weapons and long-range missiles in order to deter the U.S. from attempting to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un, reported CNN, citing Putin. In response his defence ministry has briefed him of a slew of measures to "quickly switch to an offensive posture in case North Korea stages a provocation that crosses the line or attacks the capital region".

The blast, which came weeks after the country fired off two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that appeared to bring much of the mainland USA into range, prompted global condemnation and calls to ramp up sanctions against the isolated nation. "The other half is dialogue and negotiation", he said.

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