U.S. calls for United Nations vote on Monday over fresh North Korea sanctions


In a briefing Thursday, Cho June-hyuck, spokesman of the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, "The UN Security Council is now discussing a new sanctions resolution that includes a ban on the export of oil to North Korea".

Mr Moon and Mr Abe agreed to co-operate on seeking tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea and pledged to strengthen efforts to persuade Beijing and Moscow to cut off oil supplies to the North, said Mr Moon's press secretary.

This year's anniversary came just after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date last weekend, which it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its ICBMs.

South Korea's government earlier said North Korea could potentially mark its 69th founding anniversary with its third test of a developmental intercontinental ballistic missile.

There was strong evidence that Pres. Putin was working to orchestrate a breakthrough resolution of the challenge by the global community to the DPRK over Pyongyang's growing demonstration of its nuclear (and possibly thermonuclear) and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities.

Juche is North Korea's homegrown ideology of self-reliance that is a mix of Marxism and extreme nationalism preached by state founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather.

The move was part of measures to defend the South from the North, Seoul's defence ministry said. China is North Korea's main ally and by far its biggest trading partner, including for oil shipments.

Xenon is a naturally occurring, colourless gas that is used in manufacturing of some sorts of lights.

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday said that military action against a defiant North Korea was "not inevitable".

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He declined to say if he'd accept a nuclear-armed North Korea that can be successfully deterred from using such weapons.

"Military action would certainly be an option", Trump told a White House news conference.

"I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100 percent", Trump told reporters afterward.

China hopes North Korea will "see the situation clearly and come to the right judgment and choice", Mr Wang said.

Even as Trump has insisted that now is not the time to talk, senior members of his administration have made clear that the door to a diplomatic solution is open, especially given the U.S. assessment that any pre-emptive strike would unleash massive North Korean retaliation.

"This evening, the United States informed the UN Security Council that it intends to call a meeting to vote on a draft resolution to establish additional sanctions on North Korea on Monday, September 11", a statement from the USA mission to the UN read. Recent missile tests point to advancements by North Korea in developing a missile that could reach the continental US.

South Korean Pres. Moon Jae-in, in Vladivostok on September 6, 2017, asked Pres. Putin for help in resolving the crisis with North Korea.

The exercise involved two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flying from Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam, which were joined by two Japanese F-15 jet fighters.

The official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, also said there was a grave risk that North Korea might "miscalculate" the USA response to its behaviour and warned Pyongyang not to "under-estimate American will to protect ourselves and our allies".