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Putin Says North Korea Crisis Can Be Solved By Diplomatic Means

07 September 2017

The U.S. needs both to put the squeeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

On the occasion of the Abe-Putin summit, Japan and Russian Federation are set to exchange over 30 agreements in areas including healthcare for the elderly, postal services and cutting-edge technologies, the source said.

He stressed that stronger sanctions, including cutting off its oil supply, need to be applied to the Hermit Kingdom to bring it to the negotiating table.

Following a phone call with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the U.S. president did not rule out military action but indicated his administration would first find other avenues to put pressure on Pyongyang.

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.

Global solidarity in the face of North Korea´s nuclear threat crumbled Tuesday as Russian Federation rebuffed U.S. calls for new United Nations sanctions and Washington promised its allies advanced weaponry.

Japanese experts said Wednesday that Sunday's blast had a yield of about 160 kilotons - more than 10 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.

He said: "I believe the situation may enter an uncontrollable state if the North does not halt its provocations".

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers overseas, and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

As the Trump administration looked for partners to increase the North's economic and diplomatic pressure, Russian President Vladimir Putin was pushing in the opposite direction.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has prepared an executive order that would allow President Donald Trump to sanction any country that continues to trade with North Korea if the United Nations doesn't pass broad new sanctions under consideration, he said Wednesday.

"It's impossible to scare them", he said.

"We call it taking the roof off", he was quoted as saying. However the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) claims Pyongyang imports about 10,000 barrels of crude oil a day, nearly all of it from China and going to its sole functioning refinery, the Ponghwa Chemical Factory.

"North Korea's economy has not only adapted quickly to tightening sanctions, but the country has also succeeded in advancing its nuclear weapons programs despite more than a decade of economic hardship". Seoul, Tokyo and Washington are working on a new package of harsh economic sanctions meant to deal a devastating blow to North Korea's already weak economy, including a total oil embargo.

In a phone call with Putin on Monday, South Korean president Moon Jae-In - who travels to Russia Wednesday - told him it was time for the Security Council to "seriously review" the suspension of crude oil supplies to the North, and the export of its workers, many of whom are sent to Russia to earn funds for Pyongyang.

Kim Jong Un's determination to gain worldwide recognition as a nuclear power apparently led him to brush aside a US offer of dialogue, which Washington had hoped might nudge Pyongyang toward abandoning its nuclear weapons.

Guam, a major US military hub in the Pacific, is home to roughly 160,000 American citizens, and was recently added to the list of places North Korea is threatening to bomb.

South Korea's Defence Ministry said the four remaining batteries of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system would be deployed on a golf course in the south of the country on Thursday.

They have raised worries over rumored health hazards linked to the system's powerful radar and the possibility that the town will become a target of North Korean attacks.

Putin Says North Korea Crisis Can Be Solved By Diplomatic Means