U.S. Demands UN Security Council Meeting


Meanwhile, the Mexican government on Thursday declared the North Korean ambassador to Mexico, Kim Hyong-gil, persona non grata to protest its recent nuclear activity.

But North Korea's leader appeared deaf to the worldwide outrage and hailed the "perfect success in the test of H-bomb" at a dinner to congratulate the scientists and technicians behind the nuclear programme, the official Korean Central News Agency reported. "The US should continue to use US sanctions against China and Russian Federation to ensure implementation", Ruggiero told CNN. North Korea has hundreds of pieces of well-fortified artillery trained on Seoul, which sits just 35 miles from North Korean territory.

The blast, which came weeks after the country fired off two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that appeared to bring much of the mainland United States into range, prompted global condemnation and calls to ramp up sanctions against the isolated nation.

Like China, Russia shares a border with North Korea and sees it as a buffer against South Korea, a political and military ally of the US. Almost 80 per cent went to China.

It will also ban the export of all textiles, the official said, noting that in 2016, the North Korean regime earned $760 million through those sales - making it the largest economic sector that UN Security Council had not yet touched.

"We don't worry much", one woman said. "It's a challenge for everyone - Europe, USA, Japan, China, Russia - to find a diplomatic solution", she said at the campaign rally, adding, "There is no military solution for the conflict regarding North Korea".

"It's a non-starter." The American national-security community is now almost unanimous on this point, but the government can not say so openly, because that would cede leverage in a future negotiation, and raise the risk that other countries will try to follow North Korea's example.

Liu again urged the council to adopt the freeze-for-freeze proposal and said talks with North Korea are needed "sooner rather than later". Putin explained that the worldwide community has missed the most crucial point when they promised to lift economic sanctions against the isolated regime in exchange for it discontinuing its nuclear and missile programs.

The resolution also bans North Korea's textile exports now its second most lucrative industry - which Haley said would cost Pyongyang nearly $800 million a year.

The resolution is created to accomplish six major goals: cap North Korea's oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other nations and sanction designated North Korean government entities, according to a U.S. official familiar with negotiations. The North Korean government has spoken about plans for an attack on U.S. military facilities in Guam.

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South Korea had been bracing for another long-range missile launch in time for the 69th anniversary of North Korea's founding on Saturday, but no fresh provocations were spotted while the North held numerous events to mark the holiday.

"The world will witness how North Korea tames the United States gangsters by taking a series of actions tougher than they have ever envisaged", the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

Merkel reiterated her call for a peaceful solution while speaking to supporters on Friday.

Chinese officials have privately expressed fears that an oil embargo could risk causing massive instability in its neighbour.

The original US draft would also have frozen the assets of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo, the Korean People's Army and five other powerful military and party entities. Such is now the case with the hysteria over North Korea.

There has been no sign the White House, which has been cool to the idea of talks and hopes that pressure can change the North's calculus, is ready to settle for a containment strategy.

The UN is also investigating North Korea's cooperation with Syria's own missile program.

North Korea was condemned globally for conducting its sixth nuclear test on September 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb. The new measures would winnow those revenues down even further.

China's United Nations ambassador Liu Jieyi called for a resumption of negotiations "sooner rather than later".