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Military options won't resolve N. Korean crisis: China

22 September 2017

"Although these technologies can hardly be compared to the USA ones, still, from the point of view of defense, the United States should consider potential harm", Ba said.

Pyongyang threatened to "sink" Japan into the sea and claimed it wanted military "equilibrium" with the United States.

China also previously announced a ban on imports of iron ore, iron, lead, coal, and seafood from North Korea.

Song flatly rejected earlier remarks by Moon Chung-in, special presidential adviser on national security, who said Seoul needed to consider downsizing its joint military exercises with Washington in return for a freeze on North Korea's testing of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Mr Mattis said that North Korea is "intentionally doing provocations that seem to press against the envelope for just how far can they push without going over some kind of a line in their minds that would make them vulnerable". It has conducted 14 missile tests this year and carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3. "Without cooperation between these three states the problem will not be solved", he remarked.

Ba said that he could not completely rule out Washington acting unilaterally and thus circumventing the UNSC resolution, but that was unlikely.

Lavrov said Russia's position on the issue is "completely identical" to China's, the statement said.

For this, the United States, China and Russian Federation will have to sit at the table and negotiate, Gabriel said.

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The Guardian: Latest North Korea missile test ends South's talk of engagement - "For some diplomats there is a fear that mounting sanctions are not deterring Kim, and are only incentivising him to speed up his programme".

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a USA -drafted resolution a week ago mandating tougher new sanctions against Pyongyang that included banning textile imports and capping crude and petrol supply.

Trump signed an executive order expanding the authority of the U.S. Treasury Department to target individuals, banks and other companies that finance or facilitate trade with North Korea.

North Korea will be among the top issues discussed at the UN General Assembly.

If forced to defend itself and its allies, the U.S. "will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea", Trump said, calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a "Rocket Man" on a suicide mission. "I therefore believe they have the leverage necessary to halt North Korean military advancement" Kisor explained.

According to Asmolov, the appearance of the sixth nuclear state would give a signal to all countries that may wish to launch their own nuclear programs.

The drill was to "demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", it added.

Military options won't resolve N. Korean crisis: China