No radiation detected outside North Korea after nuclear test, say China, Japan

Xiamen: The Russian president on Tuesday warned that ramping up military hysteria with North Korea over its nuclear missile test could lead to a global catastrophe and instead advocated for renewed diplomatic efforts, a move that could hamper the US’ petition for tighter worldwide sanctions.

Trump’s statement came after North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, sparking global alarm with what was by far its most powerful test to date.

The South Korea Defense Ministry said signs that North Korea was “preparing for another ballistic missile launch have consistently been detected since Sunday’s test”, referring to Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will discuss North Korea with Moon and Putin in Vladivostok, said on Wednesday that he wanted the North to understand it has “no bright future” if it continues on its current path.

South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday when it celebrates its founding anniversary.

The 29-nation US -led alliance expressed full solidarity with Japan and South Korea, North Korea’s neighbors.

Seoul also conducted a drill simulating an attack on its northern neighbor, as the USA said it will increase missile defense for South Korea.

South Korea’s defense ministry announced Thursday the deployment of a THAAD missile defense system has been completed in a “tentative” step to counter urgent threats from North Korea.

Pyongyang was being offered the prospect of no new sanctions if it froze its weapons programs, but Putin said North Korea believed the wider risks to its own security outweighed the potential economic benefits of such a concession.

Russian Federation has played a much more visible role in the North Korea crisis since the nuclear test.

Mr. Oba also downplayed the Defense Secretary’s “massive military response” warnings, saying that Mattis’ remarks simply “represent an attempt to set clear expectations about the costs we will inflict if North Korea does attack”.

Putin stressed that Russian Federation exports only 40,000 metric tons of oil to North Korea during each quarter.

The stand-off between North Korea and the US has become the most risky foreign crisis facing US President Donald Trump, as the isolated state accelerates its programme to develop weapons of mass destruction.

He warned that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has calculated that the survival of his regime depends on its development of nuclear weapons.

Haley did not spell out what measures Washington was seeking, but diplomats said they could target oil supplies to North Korea – potentially dealing a major blow to its economy.

Weapons experts say it’s nearly impossible to verify if the warhead and missile could be successfully paired unless North Korea were to fire a nuclear-tipped ICBM. These countries include Japan, China, Russia and the United States.

Haley reiterated U.S. threats to impose sanctions on countries that trade with North Korea.

The Russian leader was speaking at the meeting of the Brics group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Xiamen, China.

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