US aims for UN vote on N.Korea sanctions within weeks

People walk in front of a TV image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shown on a large screen after a missile landed

US aims for UN vote on N.Korea sanctions within weeks

Economic sanctions will take longer than the time available to be even moderately effective, and that can occur only with assistance, which the Chinese have demonstrated no interest in providing. That we've survived this long is because of you.

President Trump has had one meaningful national security success: the missile attack on Syria followed by the downing of a Syrian fighter jet. The commentary was reported on in English by the state Korean Central News Agency.

"Considering how North Korea does not have any testing facilities [for re-entry technology], the agency believes [North Korea] has not yet secured that technology", he said.

North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile is "likely" to be able to deliver a 500 kilogram warhead to San Diego within two years, a U.S. monitoring group said Tuesday, after its launch sparked global alarm last week. The reaction came in the isolated nation's official newspaper Rodong Sinmum after the US flew two B-1B Lancer bombers over the North Korean demilitarized zone.

In Washington, President Donald Trump says he is considering a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea, which might result in an unwanted retaliation from the country which is isolated from the world, yet possess nuclear arsenals.

"As I look at the current situation, particularly the security environment in the Asia Pacific region, including North Korea, we believe that it has become increasingly severe", Abe said during his meeting with Trump.

"We'd like to work with the United States, and steadily stay in the right direction to develop the China and USA relationship", he said in Chinese.

The leaders appear to have made at least some progress on those issues, according to messages conveyed after the meeting.

Trump must be aware that if the United States' global isolation becomes deeper, it could have a smaller voice and its influence on the North Korea issue may be restricted.

Briefing reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the discussion was "very direct". So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!

USA warplanes met South Korean and Japanese fighter jets for military exercises in response to recent North Korean missile launches as part of a show of force aimed at demonstrating that allied forces' "full lethal capability" is ready at a moment's notice. China also seeks recognition of its sovereignty over a group of man-made islands in the South China Sea, where Beijing is constructing military bases.

Xi proposed that China's defense minister and the U.S. secretary of defense "carry out an exchange of visits as soon as possible", Xinhua reported.

He also offered to hold reunions of families torn apart by the war on October 4, Korea's lunar fall harvest holiday and the 10th anniversary of the second inter-Korean summit. Russia, however, was the first country to raise doubt on the nature of the missile, with its Ministry of Defense saying on Sunday that it was in fact an intermediate-range missile (IRBM).

Later, the White House said in a statement that Priebus "was addressing hacking generally, not election manipulation".

However, the official offered China's own solutions to the issue.

"The leaders also discussed trade issues, a substantial sticking point between Trump and other G20 leaders".

"The relationships that he's building and the comradery that he has is just extraordinary", Cohn said.

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