Trump rejects NKorea talks but key nations split on strategy

North Korea nuclear test provocative – Putin

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said Beijing supports further United Nations action against North Korea but also wants to see renewed efforts to begin dialogue involving all sides.

On Wednesday, the USA circulated a draft Security Council resolution that would ban all oil and natural gas exports to North Korea, potentially devastating its economy.

At the news conference on Wednesday, Putin also reiterated Moscow and Beijing's calls for the USA and North Korea to avoid escalatory rhetoric, skepticism of the need for further sanctions, and support for a "parallel freeze" of DPRK testing and U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting he thought the North Korea crisis would not escalate into nuclear war, predicting that common sense would prevail.

"We will respond to the barbaric plotting around sanctions and pressure by the United States with powerful counter measures of our own", North Korea said in a statement by its delegation to an economic forum in Vladivostok in Russia's Far East. Pressuring China and North Korea could force negotiations for a peaceful solution. After Sunday's nuclear test, he tweeted that Pyongyang has become a "threat and embarrassment to China"- a critique of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"It is obvious that the Korean problems can not be settled with sanctions and pressure alone", Putin said.

According to the White House, Trump and Xi "committed to strengthen coordination and take further action with the goal of achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

However it remained unclear whether Beijing, the North's key ally, would be willing to back, or enforce, new sanctions at the UN Security Council, where it is a veto-wielding permanent member. "The other half is dialogue and negotiation".

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

The United States has long held that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable, demanding the country end its weapons program.

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.

The kind of nuclear deterrence policy that the United States adopted toward the former Soviet Union would probably not work with North Korea, the official said. That partly explains the recent emphasis by Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others on the overwhelming strength of US military capabilities.

The South Korean President reportedly told Putin that the concerned parties "must intensify the severity of the UN Security Council sanctions more to bring the North to the path of dialogue". He and May agreed to continue work on "increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea".

"It will take time to help remove that money that the DPRK is getting, and which we believe is going to illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs", she said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Trump, in a joint appearance with the Kuwaiti emir, said attempts at diplomacy with Pyongyang had failed over the past decades.

The comments came after Pyongyang on Sunday triggered global alarm with its most powerful nuclear blast to date, claiming to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

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