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NKorea Warns US of Retaliation for Tough UN Sanctions

14 September 2017

The United States called for a vote Monday on a U.N. resolution that would impose the toughest-ever sanctions on North Korea, a move that could lead to a showdown with the country's biggest trading partner China and its neighbor Russian Federation.

Beijing and Moscow have called for a freeze-for-freeze agreement with North Korea, which would see the US and South Korea halt military drills on the Korean Peninsula in exchange for Pyongyang stopping its nuclear and ballistic missile program. That test, along with a series of missile launches, showed Pyongyang was close to achieving its goal of developing a powerful nuclear weapon that could reach the United States.

The French presidency said North Korea's "repeated provocations" were a "threat to peace and global security".

United Nations diplomats said that a ministerial-level Security Council meeting on North Korea could be held during the high- level debate of the General Assembly starting on September 19.

"It is only possible to criticise and rebuke China and Russian Federation for not enforcing the sanctions if they vote for it at the UN Security Council", he said".

But with Berlin, Paris and London potentially within striking distance of North Korea's missiles from next year, officials say the USA -led alliance's system needs more radars and special interceptors to destroy a rocket from Pyongyang. His military has maintained a torrid pace in testing weapons, which also include solid-fuel missiles built to be fired from road mobile launchers or submarines.

It has also caused diplomatic rifts between South Korea and its neighbor China, which Seoul says imposed unofficial sanctions on it after deployment began, with Chinese tourist groups encouraged to boycott South Korea and Chinese consumers attacking Korean companies online.

Moon also expressed regret over clashes between protesters and police that left dozens injured Thursday when the US military added the four launchers to the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System in rural Seongju. Two launchers had already been deployed.

The proposed package of measures would be the strongest yet against North Korea, which is barred under United Nations resolutions from developing nuclear or missile technology.

The decision to deploy THAAD, created to shoot down short- to medium-range missiles mid-flight, has drawn strong objections from China.

Protesters shout slogans during a rally against the deployment of.

Saying "time is running out", Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said the United States should give Chinese banks and companies "a choice between doing business with North Korea or the United States".

Though he took a more critical view this week, Moon previously raised the notion of military talks between North and South as a way to possibly ease the growing strain.

An influential American senator on Sunday called for serious consideration of redeploying USA nuclear weapons to South Korea. "We are closing in on North Korea's trade representatives", he said.

That rollout was "temporarily" completed Thursday, a spokesman for South Korea's defense ministry said, adding it was necessary to counter increased threats from North Korea. McCain says Kim needs to know that "if he acts in an aggressive fashion, the price will be extinction".

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Thursday his country expects their northern neighbors to test-fire the type of long-range missile created to deliver a nuclear warhead to far-off places like the United States on Saturday, an important North Korean holiday.

NKorea Warns US of Retaliation for Tough UN Sanctions