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

United States seeks to cut off oil to North Korea, blacklist Kim Jong

United States seeks to cut off oil to North Korea, blacklist Kim Jong

Dennis Rodman's friendly relationship with Kim Jong Un is well documented, and the former National Basketball Association star says he wants to use it to help quash the growing tensions between US president Donald Trump and the North Korean leader. By testing a hydrogen bomb, in the wake of numerous tests of intercontinental missiles, North Korea showed that it has no intention of blinking first.

NATO is not directly involved in the nuclear crisis, but it has repeatedly called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. President Xi would like to do something.

Haley said North Korea is "begging for war", but that the United States is circulating a new resolution for sanctions, which would go to a vote next week.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said Thursday, September7, that China would support the United Nations taking further measures against North Korea following its recent nuclear test. On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea of "total annihilation".

"The Prime Minister said she would also work with European Union leaders on further measures the European Union could take to pressure the North Korean regime".

"We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said we have many options to do so".

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"It's ridiculous to put us on the same (sanctions) list as North Korea and then ask for our help in imposing sanctions on North Korea", said Putin. His latest comments were less harsh than ones he made last month where he threatened "fire and fury" against the Pyongyang regime.

The draft United Nations resolution also calls for a freeze on the assets of North Korea's national airline, Air Koryo, which flies to Beijing and other Chinese cities, and to Vladivostok in Russian Federation. 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.

What are the USA military options on North Korea?

As the USA and its allies scramble to cook up sanctions tough enough to curb North Korea's weapons program or bring it to the table, many have pointed out that decades of diplomacy and sanctions have failed to contain Pyongyang's nuclear breakout. What happens if North Korea's next anticipated missile test this weekend lands in the direction of Guam?

Moon reached an agreement yesterday with Trump that an existing weight limit on South Korean missile payloads would be lifted.

"We are now pressing the Security Council to pass a new resolution as swiftly as possible, imposing further sanctions and showing the unity and determination of the global community", Johnson told parliament in London.

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