Putin says tougher North Korea sanctions senseless, warns of global catastrophe

No argument there

Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the Security Council in NY that the U.S. did not want a war but its patience was "not unlimited".

On September 5, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter he will "allow" South Korea and Japan to "substantially" increase their purchases of U.S. military equipment, in response to suggestions North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb.

Reports suggest another missile test is being readied.

"We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches".

Trump has vowed to stop all US trade with any country doing business with North Korea, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is said to be working on details of such a plan, which would primarily target Pyongyang's neighbor and main trading partner, China.

Moon, making the comments at a joint media conference with Putin after a meeting in Russia, said the Russian president expressed his full support for South Korea's efforts to handle issues related to North Korea.

A day later, Trump tweeted: "I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States".

In his meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Song talked about calls by some people, mainly conservatives, in South Korea for the deployment of the high-profile U.S. assets in Korea.

The rollout of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system at a site south of the South Korean capital, Seoul, is vehemently opposed by neighboring China and Russian Federation, had been delayed since June.

Putin said it was important that all parties affected by the crisis, including North Korea, not face "threats of annihilation" and "step on the path of cooperation".

Despite the tough talk, the immediate focus of the worldwide response was expected to be on tougher economic sanctions.

Asked about a possible oil embargo or ban on North Koreans working overseas, he said: "We wouldn't like to see the ordinary people, the citizens of North Korea, suffering for what the leadership is doing".

Declaring that "enough is enough", Haley said existing measures not worked and accused North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un of "begging for war" with the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test. "This is both not objective and not fair", he told a regular briefing.

The U.S. Treasury Department also drew up sanctions of its own last week on entities in China and Russian Federation - two other permanent members of the Security Council - aimed at further eroding Pyongyang's sources of funds.

In a phone call with Putin on Monday, South Korean president Moon Jae-In - who travels to Russia Wednesday - told him it was time for the Security Council to "seriously review" the suspension of crude oil supplies to the North, and the export of its workers, many of whom are sent to Russia to earn funds for Pyongyang. Kim Jong-Un ruled North Korea on Sunday claimed it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, which possibly triggered a 6.3-magnitude artificial natural disaster. Any more would be aimed at breaking its economy, so a decision to impose further constraints would become dramatically harder, he told a BRICS summit in China.

South Korea says stronger missiles are crucial to the so-called "kill chain" pre-emptive strike capability it wants to use to target North Korea. It is also the U.S.'s biggest trading partner.

Trump criticized Moon on Sunday for what he called "talk of appeasement" for North Korea, but officials in both capitals took pains Monday to demonstrate they were united in their approach to North Korea.



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