United Nations should take necessary measures on North Korea: China

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that military action is not his "first choice" against North Korea. And the fall of the Kim regime could lead to a wave of hungry refugees coming across the Korean-Chinese border. But differences were clear on how best to reach that remote goal as fears escalate over Pyongyang's emerging capability to strike America with a nuclear-tipped missile.

North Korea warned of further military provocations, saying it would respond to Washington's sanctions and pressure with its "own mode of counteroffensive", adding that the United States would be held totally responsible for "all catastrophic consequences".

Russia's exports of crude oil to North Korea were tiny at about 40,000 tonnes a year, Putin said. The day before, Xi called for "a peaceful solution" during a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday that China would support the United Nations taking further measures against North Korea following its recent test. The United States did not rule out military retaliation.

It also seeks to tighten restrictions on North Korea's ability to send its citizens to work in foreign countries, where they often are required to send their salaries home to the government.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said her country, the main party to the renewed confrontation with North Korea, would not stand idle to see Pyongyang's "repeated provocations". "Some believe North Korea may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile on the 9th; this time at an ordinary angle".

"For some reason with North Korea we have a big issue", Rodman said. "He doesn't want to see what's happening there, either".

While Mr Trump talked tough on North Korea, China agreed on Thursday that the United Nations should take more action against Pyongyang - as the U.S. has been urging - but also kept pushing for dialogue to help resolve the standoff.

The clashes came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia's Far East and repeated their calls for stronger punishment of North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies.

The hydrogen bomb is the standard for the five nations with the greatest nuclear weapons capability: Russian Federation, the U.S., France, China and the U.K. Other nations may either have it or be working on it, despite a worldwide effort to contain such proliferation. "We'll see what happens", Trump said when asked if he was still considering military action.

"I've always said I'm not a politician, at all".

He said he learned nothing from the closed-doors briefing by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that he hadn't already read in newspapers. "And that freaks the hell out of me".

North Korea relies on increasing militarisation and show of missile and nuclear prowess for various reasons.

  • Rogelio Becker