China hints at tougher United Nations sanctions on North Korea

Imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea is counter productive – Putin

Imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea is counter productive – Putin

The proposal followed Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful missile test it claimed involved a hydrogen bomb.

President Donald Trump stepped back from the possibility of imminent military action against North Korea on Thursday, saying such an event is neither inevitable nor preferable. President Xi Jingping said the nuclear issue must be resolved through "dialogue and consultation".

Military interdictions at sea, however, could raise tensions not seen since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when President John F. Kennedy ordered a blockade of the island, according to the report.

The September 3 detonation was the country's largest and prompted global outrage, with the UN Security Council set to discuss a new draft resolution presented by Washington that would be the toughest-ever imposed against the isolated regime.

US President Donald Trump, who has recently been waging a fiery war of words with Kim, on Wednesday insisted that military action against North Korea's nuclear program is not his first choice and pushed for a diplomatic option.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told the Security Council on Monday: "Nuclear powers understand their responsibilities".

Abe told Trump that North Korea's nuclear test is a serious threat to Japan's security that poses a "head-on challenge" to the worldwide community.

Imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea is counter productive – Putin
North Korea nuclear test provocative – Putin

In response to Sunday's test, the White House wants the UN Security Council to slap an oil embargo on North Korea as well as hitting dictator Kim Jong Un with a travel ban and freezing his assets. While both sides released statements agreeing on the goal of eliminated nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula, there was no mention of next steps.

Beijing and Moscow have called for a resolution that focuses on a political solution and have proposed a freeze-for-freeze that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea halting their joint military exercises - an initiative rejected by the Donald Trump administration.

Russian Federation has a land border with North Korea less than 20-km long.

The proposal was rejected by the US and South Korea.

Trump has repeatedly leaned on China in hopes that the North Korean neighbor and its biggest trading partner will exert its influence to bring a stop to the regime's increasingly aggressive nuclear and ballistic missile activity, which have increased in the first months of Trump's presidency.

But Xi agreed that they "will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea", the USA president said.

"The DPRK has developed and perfected the super-powerful thermo-nuclear weapon as a means to deter the ever-increasing hostile moves and nuclear threat of the USA and defuse the danger of nuclear war looming over the Korean peninsula and the region".

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