Putin: North Korea Would 'Eat Grass' Before Giving Up Nukes

N. Korea official lambasts France over nuclear criticism

N. Korea official lambasts France over nuclear criticism

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday (Sep 5) he would allow Japan and South Korea to buy more "highly sophisticated" U.S. military equipment, amid soaring tensions after Pyongyang's latest atomic test.

Putin and Moon met on the sidelines of an economic summit in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok amid mounting global concerns that their shared neighbour plans more weapons tests, possibly a long-range missile launch ahead of a key weekend anniversary.

"We are very concerned that North Korea might not be able to be deterred, that there are real differences between North Korea and the small, small group of nations that have these weapons", the official said.

Russia, China, and South Korea are among the countries that have voiced strong criticism of the hydrogen bomb test, which was the North's sixth.

Putin said Russian Federation exported a negligible amount of oil to North Korea - about 40,000 tonnes a year, according to Yoon.

"Attempts to use unprecedented aggressive sanctions and pressure to intimidate us and make us reverse our course are a huge mistake", said the minister, Kim Yong Jae. That would include China.

Wang's remarks came after Chinese President Xi Jinping's telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, on Wednesday night, in which the Chinese leader called for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

We are past the exhausted cliche that Pyongyang must "make a choice" between nuclear weapons and acceptance in the worldwide community.

Putin and Abe held a bilateral meeting Thursday, after which both leaders reiterated their countries shared a common understanding of the threat that North Korea poses.

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Meanwhile, Trump's military, diplomacy and intelligence chiefs briefed Congress on the North Korean threat and US strategy to address it. Democrats accused the administration of sending confusing signals to adversaries and allies. Previous estimates have ranged from 50 kilotons to 120 kilotons. "The two leaders resolved to continue working closely together on increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, and to call on others to do the same".

In South Korea, thousands of police officers in riot gear swarmed some 400 protesters who had been occupying a road leading to the site where THAAD is installed in the rural town of Seongju.

Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of weapons tests, the latest a detonation Sunday of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

"It's ridiculous to put us on the same (sanctions) list as North Korea and then ask for our help in imposing sanctions on North Korea", said Putin.

The announcement and North Korea's claim that it could mount the warhead on a missile, dramatically upped the stakes in Pyongyang's standoff with the global community over its banned weapons programmes.

South Korea's Asia Business Daily cited an intelligence source saying North Korea has been spotted moving an intercontinental ballistic missile towards its west coast.

North Korea seems even more opposed to negotiations until it has achieved the ability to attack the continental United States with nuclear weapons.

"But I can tell you that North Korea's behaving badly and it's got to stop, OK?"

In a diplomatic victory for the Trump administration, the United Nations last month approved sweeping new sanctions targeting roughly one-third of the North's economy, with China's support.

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