UN chief warns US, N Korea on clashing rhetoric

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The crisis around North Korea requires quick action, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, calling on world powers to press Pyongyang to abide by its United Nations obligations.

"It's impossible to scare them", said Putin.

Members of the Japanese parliament and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel have also demanded tougher United Nations sanctions on North Korea. "Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy", she said.

"In addition to medium-range missiles, North Korea has long-range artillery and multiple-launch systems" the president said, outlining North Korea's military capacity at the BRICS summit in China.

"We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner", Abe insisted. This is also backed up by what a senior official at the Blue House said before Moon released his statement: "I think you'd have to conclude that this took place because of pressure and cooperation in the South Korea-US alliance".

On Tuesday, the South Korean navy held live-fire drills in the Sea of Japan. According to the committee, the initiative will raise $2 billion over the next three years to support Korean companies that participate in infrastructure projects in the Far Eastern region of Russian Federation.

Amid soaring tensions, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Wednesday it had been given approval to install four remaining launchers for the USA anti-missile defense system THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense).

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department was preparing measures to "cut off North Korea economically" and ensure anyone trading with it could not do business with the US.

Abe has been beavering away at building an global coalition in which Russian Federation and other nations would join Japan, South Korea and the United States in dealing with North Korea, which recently defiantly conducted its sixth nuclear test. That flag is represented by countries that would be directly affected by a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, Dr. Michael Ivanovitch said in his commentary for CNBC.

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around the US embassy in Seoul in June, with protesters holding signs which read "Koreans hate THAAD" and "Yes to peace talks", as well as banners aimed at US President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to the country.

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.

"South Korean companies participate in the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 projects, and the issue of increasing LNG purchases is being worked out", he said after the talks.

Asked about the possibility of USA military action against North Korea on Wednesday, Trump was vague.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide conventions, but also said there can only be a "diplomatic and peaceful solution" of the crisis.

Diplomats have said the Security Council could consider banning North Korean textile exports, barring its airline and stopping supplies of oil to the government and military.

Japan is singing the same tune as the US, with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday calling for additional measures.

But over the years, the military options have consistently been viewed as unworkable, owing to the sheer horror that would ensue if North Korea retaliated - as would be expected - by striking South Korea.

His Defence Secretary James Mattis said that while the USA did not want to see the "total annihilation" of North Korea, he warned that they had many options to do so if North Korea threatened the U.S., its territories or its allies.

"[This] will lead to no good", Putin said.

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