Military Action 'Certainly an Option' with North Korea

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Since 2006, the Security Council has unanimously adopted eight resolutions ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Seibert said Merkel had already discussed the issue with other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and a call was also planned with Putin.

Second, Trump's war of words will make it even more hard to build the multilateral consensus necessary to impose even more meaningful sanctions on North Korea, something the Security Council is considering after an emergency meeting on Monday, as well as create the cohesion Guterres stressed as essential to solve the crisis diplomatically.

Pyongyang fired an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 over Japan early on Tuesday, which it said was a mere "curtain-raiser" for the North's "resolute countermeasures" against ongoing US-South Korean military drills.

Crude oil supplies would be capped at their current level. The US, which had pushed an oil embargo, for instance, had to settle for a compromise with China, only setting limits to exports of oil and petroleum products to the North.

But the Trump administration adopted a totally new approach with this resolution, presenting its draft to China and all other Security Council members last Tuesday and demanding a vote in six days.

"The time for half-measures in the Security Council is over". Almost 80 percent of the textile exports went to China.

Britain's United Nations ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, backed the tough US measures and demand for a speedy vote, saying Thursday that "maximum possible pressure" must be exerted on North Korea to change course and give diplomacy a chance to end the crisis.

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Despite China's strained relations with Pyongyang in recent years, the odds of Beijing publicly backing oil sanctions seem remote, he added.

Members of Korea Freedom Federation beat balloons symbolizing North Korean weapons during a rally to denounce North Korea's nuclear test in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

September 9 is significant as it marks North Korea's anniversary of its founding.

The threat from the North led South Korea to "tentatively" allow the installation of the four remaining launchers of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) system yesterday in Seongju county, 300km from Seoul, despite protests. While state-sponsored North Korean cyber-criminals have been targeting banks and the global financial system for some time in order to fund the isolated state, FireEye believes that hackers are now attempting to steal virtual currencies too. "But I don't think that's going to work". "There are real differences between North Korea and the small group of nations that have these weapons". "So I would look for some sort of intermediate position", Bush said.

Tensions have dramatically risen on the Korean peninsula after North Korea on Sunday conducted its biggest nuclear test, which its state-run KCNA news agency described it as a hydrogen bomb.

"Given the new developments on the Korea n peninsula, China agrees that the U.N. Security Council should make a further response and take necessary measures", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on Thursday, without elaborating.

"So if China categorically put oil supply and put the food assistance to North Korea under the humanitarian catalog, then I think it will be very tricky for countries to demand China to cut the supply because the Chinese will argue that those are for humanitarian objective", Sun said.