Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

China: No Military Intervention in North Korea

China: No Military Intervention in North Korea

"This leads nowhere", Putin said, speaking alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga at an economic summit in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok Thursday.

Ahead of his meeting with Putin, Moon said the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped.

"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 worldwide community's condemnation and pressure against the North continue to intensify", Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said of the meeting between the leaders.

The White House said Trump told Moon that Washington was willing to approve arms sales to bolster its defense capabilities.

Trump recently slammed Moon's approach. Energy from the underground explosion was about six times stronger than the last test a year ago, South Korea's weather agency said.

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Putin said it was important that all parties affected by the crisis, including North Korea, not face "threats of annihilation" and "step on the path of cooperation". "South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"

The leaders' comments came hours after South Korea bolstered its defenses against North Korean rockets, with the arrival of four launchers for a US missile shield at a military base in South Korea. On Monday, Seoul used F-15 fighter jets and land-based ballistic missiles to simulate an attack on North Korea's nuclear test site to "strongly warn" the North over the recent detonation.

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Moon Jae-in with Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok on September 6. "Now it is inevitable to cut off oil supplies to the North, we hope Russian Federation will cooperate as well", Moon was quoted as telling Putin by presidential spokesman Yoon Young-Chan, Yonhap news agency reported.

Nikki R. Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council on Monday that Pyongyang is "begging for war", but she urged the worldwide community to "exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it's too late".

Abe said they had agreed to cooperate at the United Nations, and Putin once again reiterated his line that "only diplomacy and political means" can resolve the crisis.

Trump said that he believed he and Xi are on the same page following what he described as a "very, very frank and very strong phone call".

An oil embargo would plunge North Korea into political and economic turmoil that could irreversibly change the security equation.

China also broke its silence over the nuclear test, carried out just hours before Xi delivered an opening speech at an global summit.

Haley may have trouble getting other Security Council members - especially Russian Federation and China, who each hold veto power - to sign onto the draft sanctions as they're now written. Its envoy called its weekend nuclear test a - quote - "gift package to the U.S." from his country, which is known officially as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK.

Haley did not spell out what measures Washington was seeking, but diplomats said they could target oil supplies to North Korea - potentially dealing a major blow to the economy. China, along with Russian Federation, has argued that the antimissile system's powerful radar is a threat to its national security.

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