Trump says military action against North Korea 'not inevitable'

Trump says military action against North Korea 'not inevitable'

The US put forward another draft resolution Monday that made considerable changes to a previous version of the proposal.

Officials refused to rule out the possibility of military strikes or the United States sending tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea, something that would rile Beijing, North Korea's neighbor and sole major ally. The new draft also softens its language on foreign workers and other issues.

The Security Council vote is expected on Monday early evening ET.

Jin Qiangyi, a professor at the Center for North and South Korean Studies at Yanbian University, said cutting off North Korea's oil supply was could mean "trouble" for China. As well as the U.S., South Korea and Japan, plus permanent Security Council members France and Britain, have called for stronger measures against it, with several arguing for a potentially crippling oil embargo. Both had expressed skepticism over the strict sanctions.

The White House stressed the USA and Chinese leaders' joint commitment to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

"The UNSC's response and actions should be helpful to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to maintaining the stability of the region".

Regarding North Korea, Moon requested Russia's continued cooperation, and said that successful development of the Russian Far East could prompt the regime to join the global community.

North Korea on Thursday pledged to take "powerful counter measures" to respond to United States pressure or any new sanctions against it over its missile programme, accusing Washington of wanting war. The North has claimed it conducted a hydrogen bomb test.

Despite the North's fiery rhetoric, South Koreans are generally calm, going about their lives with no sign of panic. But he insisted that military action wouldn't be his first choice.

North Korea has now conducted six nuclear tests in the last decade, more than 20 ballistic missile tests this year alone, and is rapidly moving toward its goal of developing a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of targeting the US mainland.

"We hope it will not come to a conflict with the use of weapons of mass destruction in North-East Asia", Russian president Vladimir Putin stated at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, claiming it was a successful detonation of an H-bomb that can be mounted on a long-range missile.

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

Over the weekend, leaders in Germany and France waded into the escalating crisis.

Members of the Japanese parliament and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel have also demanded tougher United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

"We're going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign as I have described it, working with allies, working with China as well to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table", he said in the August 27 interview. Under the deal, Iran agreed to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Ri and Hong's roles have also been noted overseas, prompting the United Nations, the United States or South Korea to blacklist them.

President Donald Trump looks to Kuwait leader Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Washington.

He referred only to military advisers and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general, when tweeting about a White House emergency session on North Korea on Sunday.



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