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Kim Il Sung signing truce with South Korea

The Trump administration has obliged in spades after the impoverished totalitarian nation conducted a series of missile test firings and followed with its largest nuclear test yet, all of which rattled South Korea, Japan and the US, the latter now considered in range of North Korean missiles.

A US-drafted resolution obtained by AFP also called for banning textile exports and ending payments made to North Korean labourers sent overseas, further depriving the regime of revenue to pursue its military programs.

North Korea claims it now has the capability of mounting a thermonuclear weapon on a long-range missile capable of striking the United States.

On Monday night the United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused North Korea of "begging for war" at an emergency meeting.

Kim would be added to a United Nations sanctions blacklist that would subject him to a global travel ban, along with four other senior North Korean officials, according to the draft.

The conversations were part of a flurry of calls Trump has made to world leaders after North Korea's test explosion this weekend of what it called a hydrogen bomb.

"We believe we need to economically cut off North Korea while they do this action", Mnuchin said.

President Donald Trump has spoken with the leaders of Britain and Australia about North Korea's latest nuclear test.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Monday that the United States wants a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions adopted by September 11.

Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Russian Federation said sanctions against North Korea aren't working and Moscow wants a new United Nations resolution on North Korea to focus more on a political solution.

(Russian) "Pressure and sanctions alone can not solve the situation on the Korean peninsula". Pressuring China and North Korea could force negotiations for a peaceful solution.

A state editorial condemning Pyongyang's latest nuclear test also faulted "Washington's belligerent tone and military exercises on DPRK's doorstep", echoing North Korea's denunciation of joint US-South Korean military drills that Pyongyang frames as laying the groundwork for an invasion.

"However, such an assumption has now proven wrong".

"They'll eat grass, but they won't abandon their programme unless they feel secure", Mr Putin told reporters Tuesday at an emerging markets summit in Xiamen, China, which was hosted by Mr Xi.

"He moved from being a mid-level at a space (operations centre) who floated up the North Korean authority ladder after the 2012 launch", Mr Madden said.

"The South Korean president asked for Russia's cooperation in ratcheting up the level of UNSC sanctions on North Korea by cutting off its crude oil supply".

The administration has repeatedly said it is keeping all options on the table as it grapples with the threat from North Korea. "We think these actions take a provocative character, but we should not forget and North Koreans should not forget what happened in Iraq".

Washington continues to reject that idea. Opening the talks, the South Korean leader raised the possibility of the situation on the Korean peninsula spinning out of control.

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