Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

British officials investigating whether Iran assisted North Korea in nuclear program

British officials investigating whether Iran assisted North Korea in nuclear program

"Have ever you thought about it?"

Putin's warnings haven't stopped the United States from trying to pursue a tough global response to the nuclear test, especially at the United Nations.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Monday that the United States wants a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions adopted by September 11.

The combative comments appear to rule out negotiations which are the course of action favoured by Russian Federation and China, putting the U.S. at odds with a wary global community. But the two presidents appeared to be in broad agreement on Wednesday's phone call, according to Trump.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that China remains strongly opposed to it.

Washington has presented a draft United Nations resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on Kim Jong-Un, a ban on textiles and an end to payments to North Korean guest workers.

Second, Trump's war of words will make it even more hard to build the multilateral consensus necessary to impose even more meaningful sanctions on North Korea, something the Security Council is considering after an emergency meeting on Monday, as well as create the cohesion Guterres stressed as essential to solve the crisis diplomatically.

"They know it and they see nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction as the only way for them to protect themselves", Putin said Thursday.

In 2013 Russia reopened a railway link with North Korea, from the Russian eastern border town of Khasan to Rajin, to export coal and import goods from South Korea and elsewhere.

It accused the United States of "trying to use the DPRK's legitimate self-defensive measures as an excuse to strangle and completely suffocate it", saying that the latest missile and nuclear tests by the DPRK are aimed at deterring USA threats to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korea is developing a "frankenmissile" that could destroy North Korea's underground bases, according to military sources.

However, "sanctions and pressure are only half of the key to resolving the issue", Mr Wang said.

He said that only a united council can provide the pressure needed to enable successful negotiations to take place to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.

Abe took a harder line, saying that North Korea must be made to give up its entire nuclear weapons and missile program.

"The situation is very grave".

The EU is preparing to increase its own sanctions against North Korea to punish the rogue state, diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said as she arrived for a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers in Estonia.

He has also publicly weighed scrapping a United States trade deal with South Korea in a bid to fulfill promises he made during the election campaign, and threatened to make South Korea pay for THAAD, even though it was Washington pushing for the system's deployment.

The decision to deploy the THAAD system has drawn strong objections from China, which believes its radar could be used to look deeply into its territory and will upset the regional security balance.

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