United States military says North Korea launched new ICBM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signing an order document of a test-fire of the inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15

Russian Federation has largely moved in tandem with China when discussing resolution of the North Korean crisis, criticizing the regime's nuclear program but repeatedly lambasting the US for threatening a violent response.

He urged the acceptance of a proposal made jointly by China and Russian Federation that would require North Korea to suspend nuclear activity and the United States and South Korea to halt joint military exercises in order to pave the way for talks.

While it's true that China could intervene, Wicker further said, allowing Kim Jong-un to flaunt the United States gives China "leverage" with the USA and other countries who need its help.

Speaking during a visit to the Belarussian capital Minsk, Lavrov asked whether America was actively seeking to destroy North Korea.

"President Trump called Chinese President Xi this morning and told him we have come to the point that China must cut off its oil from North Korea", Amb.

The state-run Global Times newspaper said in an editorial Friday that China "will not impose any additional unilateral punishments on North Korea", adding that an oil embargo "might even trigger a humanitarian crisis".

She said: "We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it".

The paper said of course Beijing "is not happy about a nuclear North Korea".

The US military has begun referring to the North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile launched Tuesday as a "KN 22" - a new designation signaling that the US is increasingly seeing the recent launch as involving a new type of ICBM, according to two US defense officials.

Tillerson's remarks echo those made on Wednesday by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who stressed that the nations of the world "have it within our power to further isolate, diminish and, God willing, reverse the risky course of the North Korean regime".

"The Chinese envoy who has just returned from North Korea seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man", Trump tweeted, deploying his favourite insult for Kim.

Russia's foreign minister has accused the USA ambassador to the United Nations of a "bloodthirsty" stance on North Korea that could significantly worsen tensions.

Earlier this week, North Korea carried out its first missile test in two months, firing an ICBM that allegedly can reach the U.S. mainland. "I don't think anybody likes a military solution".

"In addition to implementing all United Nations sanctions, all countries should sever diplomatic relations with North Korea", she said and urged the Security Council to revoke the North's voting rights at the United Nations.

But China's foreign ministry sidestepped questions about the U.S. call for an oil embargo, with spokesman Geng Shuang telling reporters that Beijing upholds United Nations resolutions and backs the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Beijing has backed a slew of sanctions that include bans on imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and seafood.

But Beijing fears that taking tougher actions could cause the regime to collapse, triggering a refugee crisis across its border with the North and eliminating a strategic buffer separating China from the USA military in South Korea.

"We are already seeing signs of problems, of cashflow problems in North Korea".

There are also concerns in Seoul - which is within range of Pyongyang's artillery - that Trump might be considering military action against the North that could trigger a full-scale war.



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