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

U.S. options on NKorea narrow further after test

U.S. options on NKorea narrow further after test

The North Koreans have massive military assets stockpiled on what is the world's most heavily fortified border.

Defiant North Korea led by headstrong leader Kim Jong Un is not in anyway backing down in its war of words with the U.S. after Pyongyang's UN ambassador says its biggest nuclear weapons test yet was a "gift" addressed to the United States.

- More gifts to come fore the U.S.

For Han Tae Song, "the pressures or sanctions will work ever". He ruled out the possibility of any talks on North Korea's denuclearization, saying Pyongyang's nuclear deterrent is a topic that's off-limits and non-negotiable, in any future dialogue.

Haley said the sanctions approach towards Pyongyang since 2006 has not worked, and accused North Korean leader Kim Jong-un of "begging for war". "Now is the time to say tests, threats and destabilising actions will no longer be tolerated", Wood said.

China Reluctant to Support US-backed Oil Blockade to North Korea
But at the same time, China worries that imposing a blockade on oil to North Korea could put the country in danger of collapse. The tremor felt was 9.8 times more powerful than the one from the fifth test, the country's state weather agency said.

Also on Monday, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said it was time for the Security Council to impose "the strongest possible measures" on North Korea over its sixth and largest nuclear test, because "enough is enough". While Washington and its allies have called for a broadening of sanctions on the regime roadblocks remain, with China and Russian Federation still questioning the efficacy of such measures.

The U.S. has roughly 28,000 troops in South Korea, and there are hundreds of thousands more American citizens just in Seoul, the capital, with a metro area population of 25 million.

Speaking at The Conference on Disarmament Tuesday, the ambassador said the the "main offender" who poses a nuclear threat against his country. Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the next logical step is for the impose "secondary sanctions" targeting banks or businesses in China that do business with North Korea, a tactic the USA used effectively to push Iran to the table over its nuclear program several years ago. This would be the direct opposite of trying to denuclearize the peninsula, but is very much in keeping with talk of attacking North Korea first.

He called for more negotiations, adding: 'Whipping up military hysteria - this will lead to no good.

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

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