United Nations passes fresh sanctions on North Korea

Japan's PM Abe address Japan Self Defense Force's senior members during a meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo

Ri Tok-Son, deputy director of the foreign ministry's European department, said France's claim that a nuclear missile launched from the North could strike Europe was "preposterous".

Direct multilateral talks with North Korea modeled on the landmark 2015 Iran deal may help cool tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear program, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau at the State Department, and Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence under the Treasury Department, will attend the hearing to explain the US diplomacy and sanctions against Pyongyang.

The US and its allies have been calling for stern measures against North Korea since the September 3 nuclear test. He added that sanctions, diplomacy and information must be fully utilized to address this direct threat to the USA and its allies.

The cap on the import of petroleum products could have an impact, but North Korea will still be able to import the same amount of crude oil that is has this year.

"As for North Korea, Russia is the least hostile of all the great powers involved in resolving this crisis", he says, insisting that historic ties mean Russia still knows "many people" who matter there. But as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley put it this week, "there is no more road left".

He expressed hope that the United States will pledge not to seek regime change or North Korea's collapse. Textiles are one of North Korea's major exports, with a total export value estimated at $750 million in 2016, and the tens of thousands of North Koreans working overseas send a significant portion of their earnings home to the regime.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke in Vladivostok on Thursday and agreed to try to persuade China and Russian Federation to cut off oil to North Korea as much as possible, according to South Korean officials. "We need to consider [redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons] as one way of doing that", he suggested.

"I could also imagine such a format to settle the North Korea conflict", she said.

Jacqueline Klimas explains, "U.S. efforts to penetrate reclusive North Korea have been so confounding for so long that the military likely doesn't have enough accurate intelligence to take out its nuclear and missile facilities even if President Donald Trump ordered it". "We can pass information on, if they want", says Mr Toloraya.

United Nations member states are now required to halt imports of textiles from North Korea, its second largest export after coal and other minerals in 2016 that totalled US$752 million (S$1 billion) and accounted for a quarter of its income from trade, according to South Korean data.

All this is unfolding as Russia's relations with Washington have plummeted amid allegations of interference in the U.S. elections, sanctions and tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions.

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