Putin calls for talks with North Korea

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In the call, Xi condemned Pyongyang's latest nuclear test but said talks and peaceful means were the way to solve the crisis.

Russian Federation and China both share a border with North Korea.

"We shouldn't succumb to emotions and corner North Korea", Putin said.

He said sanctions were only half of the solution - the other half was dialogue and negotiations.

"The oil embargo is something that China, in particular, would very much oppose to", she said.

Zhao Tong, a North Korean affairs expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre, said Beijing could tighten restrictions on North Korea's sources of foreign currency with bans on textile exports and all North Korean labourers working overseas.

Moon said Wednesday that the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped. This comes amidst rumors and warnings that North Korea, celebrating its Founders Day Sept. 9, may fire off another test missile.

On his way to participate in a tax reform event, Trump told reporters that military action against North Korea was "not a first choice, but we will see what happens", Xinhua news agency reported.

North Korea held a mass celebration for the scientists involved in carrying out its largest nuclear blast to date, with fireworks and a mass rally in Pyongyang. The yen strengthened on Lee's remarks. That test, along with a series of missile launches, showed it was close to achieving its goal of developing a powerful nuclear weapon that could reach the United States.

A draft US-authored resolution submitted to the UN Security Council would go far beyond seven previous rounds of sanctions - and would rock Kim's isolated authoritarian regime. "It will only severely undermine the strategic balance in the region, jeopardize strategic and security interests of the regional countries, including China, aggravate the tension and confrontation, and further complicate the Peninsular issue".

Pressed on this during a regular news conference, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to comment on the specific proposal, saying only that Tokyo would continue to purchase necessary equipment from the U.S. and other countries.

Earlier on Thursday, the final parts of the American Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system arrived at a base in South Korea as hundreds of protesters thronged the area amid a huge police presence. In the past few months.

Abe told Trump that North Korea's nuclear test is a serious threat to Japan's security that poses a "head-on challenge" to the global community.

The proposal also calls for freezing the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"I will put forward to ministers to work in the coming days to increase European Union autonomous sanctions", Federica Mogherini said as she arrived for a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Tallinn.

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