H-bomb or not, experts say North Korea near its nuclear goal

H-bomb or not, experts say North Korea near its nuclear goal

H-bomb or not, experts say North Korea near its nuclear goal

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un praised the "perfect success" of the country's sixth and largest nuclear test and urged further weapons development, according to state media today, in the face of a U.S. drive for tough new sanctions.

The draft resolution circulated to the Security Council members came after North Korea's sixth nuclear test and repeated missile launches, BBC reported.

The official said that the danger of war is rising, and that the U.S.is also concerned about North Korea exporting its nuclear technology to other nations or to terror groups.

Royce added that Congress has provided the administration with tools to cut off channels of funding for Pyongyang's weapons programs to "ultimately, help change North Korea from within".

On Sunday, US President Donald Trump tweeted that the US was considering stopping all trade with countries that do business with North Korea, prompting a stern response from China.

Defence Secretary James Mattis said last week: "We are never out of diplomatic solutions", perhaps in recognition that military options are restricted.

In Brussels, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Thursday she will propose to ministers from European Union member states new action to counter a "different level of threat" from North Korea.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

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"President Xi would like to do something".

"I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100 per cent".

Washington and Seoul say the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system allows South Korea and US troops stationed in the country to better cope with the threat of North Korean missiles.

The United States wants the UN Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its, and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Nebenzia also said the U.N. Security Council may need "a separate political resolution that stresses diplomacy rather than sanctions". Loudspeakers from the north blare incessant messages praising leader Kim Jong Un and celebrating the country's latest military advances.

The setting up of the THAAD system in South Korea comes amidst the rising tensions in the Korean peninsula. "We had a very, very frank and very strong phone call", Trump said.

Nebenzia said he hasn't seen the draft resolution and told reporters Haley's deadline is "a little premature" especially since the Security Council was on a visit to Ethiopia and isn't scheduled to meet again until September 11.

Zhao Tong, a North Korean affairs expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre, said Beijing could tighten restrictions on North Korea's sources of foreign currency with bans on textile exports and all North Korean labourers working overseas.

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