The demand contradicted the stance of their host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has dismissed sanctions as a solution. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un then called the launch a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and called for his military to conduct more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.
“But I am convinced that we can avoid a large-scale conflict involving weapons of mass destruction and that we can resolve the problem by diplomatic means”, said Putin.
“The country was demolished and Saddam Hussein was hanged”. But he stopped short of expressing willingness to impose more sanctions on North Korea, saying Moscow viewed them as “useless and ineffective”.
Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said Thursday that robust new sanctions targeting oil, textiles and overseas workers that help fund North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are essential to put “maximum possible pressure” on its government to change course and give diplomacy a chance to end the crisis. Kim would rather starve his people than see his regime overthrown, he said.
The Soseong-ri residents say they do not have a political motive but are against the deployment of THAAD as their lives have been disrupted by the dozens of military helicopters, buses, trucks that travel through the small melon-farming town of 80 residents.
Pressure from Washington has ratcheted up since North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday. The claim has not been independently verified, but seismological data indicated that the weapon was the most powerful ever to be detonated by Pyongyang.
“Any new actions taken by the worldwide community against the DPRK should serve the objective of curbing the DPRK’s nuclear and missile programmes, while at the same time be conducive to restarting dialogue and consultation”, he said, using the initials of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
North Korea might launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Saturday, as the country marks the anniversary of its founding, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Thursday. Last year, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on the September 9 anniversary.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry couldn’t immediately confirm when the four launchers added on Thursday will be operationally capable.
The Russian leader added: “Whipping up military hysteria makes absolutely no sense in this situation”.
“All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims”, he said.
In response to the latest tests, the South Korean Navy announced Tuesday it conducted live-fire drills off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula to check its “immediate operational readiness” after the country’s air force and army conducted their own joint drills.
The North has a history of marking significant dates with show of military capability, but its recent tests have been seen as driven mainly by technological needs amid an accelerating effort to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal.
Wang’s comments came after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump reportedly spoke Wednesday night, according to the South China Morning Post.