Russian Federation says its oil supplies to North Korea are negligible

Sanctions doubts grow as North Korea warns of ‘gift packages’ for U.S

Most of Russia's exports to North Korea are oil, coal and refined products.

Moon had urged Moscow to support stronger sanctions against North Korea, which conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

In an interview with Russia's TASS News Agency, Moon said, "Seoul will respond to it in the most decisive manner, particularly by toughening sanctions, increasing pressure and strengthening its own military capabilities".

"Regarding the North's nuclear test and missile launches, the leaders of the two countries noted it was time to increase pressure on the North rather than engage the country in dialogue under the current conditions where the global community's condemnation and pressure against the North continue to intensify", Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said earlier.

"The US will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK".

Military measures being taken by North Korea were "an exercise of restraint and justified self-defence right" to counter "the ever-growing and decade-long United States nuclear threat and hostile policy aimed at isolating my country".

Speaking after the meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution to the country's nuclear and missile development.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis says that South Korea will not face North Korean provocations alone, amid speculations that North Korea could test another long-range missile on the anniversary of its founding day on Saturday.

"The chance for sanctions to work is that playbook", Ruggiero said.

Pyongyang should be persuaded - ideally by Beijing - to return to negotiations, and there is no shortage of inducements given the massive economic sanctions the North Korean people have endured over the years.

The proposed raft of sanctions would be the toughest-ever imposed on North Korea and seek to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test. [But] ramping up military hysteria will lead to nothing good.

"There's no other path apart from a peaceful one". The official says the USA has withdrawn consent for Russia's San Francisco post.

"Resorting to just any sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient", he told reporters in the Chinese city of Xiamen after a summit of the five-nation BRICS club of emerging economies.

"China, which accounts for 90 per cent of North Korea's overseas trade, has a unique ability to influence the regime", he said.

But few in the USA government have advocated direct talks with the North Koreans until their behaviour significantly changes.



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