Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

North Korea threatens 'pain and suffering' ahead of United Nations sanctions vote

North Korea threatens 'pain and suffering' ahead of United Nations sanctions vote

Russian Federation is increasingly advocating an arms control strategy to accept North Korea as a nuclear state, disagreeing with the United States and its allies, and even to a degree with China, which all support applying sanctions to force Pyongyang into denuclearization talks.

North Korea claims its now has a nuclear warhead that's able to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

But on Thursday, after days of talks with regional leaders and officials, Mr Putin struck a more optimistic note, saying Russian Federation could see that the administration of US President Donald Trump wanted to defuse tensions around North Korea.

President Donald Trump has regularly called on China to stop North Korea's nuclear advancement, even saying in July it could "easily" end the crisis.

Putin said Russian Federation was "ready to discuss" and "work in solidarity" with the worldwide community to resolve North Korea's isolation.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters who questioned the watering down of the initial US text that "there is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united and I very much hope that all my council colleagues will vote in favor of the revised draft". "Everyone knows that and everyone in North Korea knows that".

In their meeting in Vladivostok, Moon and Mr. Abe agreed to cooperate on seeking tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea and pledged to strengthen efforts to persuade Beijing and Moscow into cutting off oil supplies to the North, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's chief press secretary.

Amid the rising tension, South Korea installed the four remaining launchers of a United States anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on a former golf course south of the capital Seoul early yesterday.

"Look, we've been clear about what our priorities are: that now is not the time for us to spend a lot of time focused on talking with North Korea, but putting all measures of pressure that we can", she said.

The US said on Monday it would table a new United Nations resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday. We've come to depend on Trump's generals to temper the erratic impulses of our civilian president - and to prevent the crisis over North Korean nukes from escalating into an unintended war. The new draft resolution would impose a complete ban on the hiring and payment of North Korean laborers overseas.

Sunday's test of what North Korea said was an advanced hydrogen bomb was its largest by far.

The final draft also adds language underscoring the Security Council's commitment to North Korea's sovereignty and territorial integrity, to "a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation", and "its concern that developments on the Korean Peninsula could have unsafe, large-scale regional security implications".

The military hysteria around North Korea is counter-productive, Putin warned.

The newest sanctions followed Pyongyang's firing in July of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) that apparently brought much of the USA mainland into range.

"The idea that some have suggested a so-called "freeze for freeze" is insulting", USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday.

Mr Putin said Russia's trade with North Korea was negligible and did not violate current global sanctions.

The only way forward with the rogue regime is through diplomatic means, he argued.

South Korea has installed the four additional THAAD launchers in the southeastern town of Seongju, completing the deployment of a full six-launcher battery, despite fierce protests from villagers and liberal-leaning critics.

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