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10 September, 2017

The US is also pushing for the United Nations Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers overseas, and subject leader Kim Jong-un to an asset freeze, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

In a previous statement this week, Macron called on the European Union to tighten the sanctions against North Korea, in addition to the U.N. Security Council's response.

It came after Pyongyang on Sunday triggered global alarm with its most powerful nuclear blast to date, claiming to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

"It's ridiculous to put us on the same (sanctions) list as North Korea and then ask for our help in imposing sanctions on North Korea", said Putin. The Foreign Ministry and state-controlled media bolstered criticism of the South Korean government for ignoring China's opposition.

On Monday, the South's military launched a volley of ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North's nuclear test site.

In the initial stage of the election, Moon opposed the deployment of the USA missile interceptor system in line with the prevailing sentiment of his core support groups -liberals and advocates of reconciliatory policy toward North Korea.

Moon said both Koreas could achieve economic prosperity if North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons and neighboring countries guarantee the security of the regime, and Putin pledged to look for ways to bring the North back to the negotiating table.

He said on Tuesday the United Nations should consider tough new sanctions on North Korea, including halting oil shipments, after Sunday's nuclear test.

The newly elected South Korean president had requested the United Nations Security Council consider tough new sanctions on North Korea to block its sources of foreign income, including cutting off its crude oil supply and banning its workers from being sent overseas.

An unlimited warhead weight allowance would enable the South to strike North Korea with greater force in the event of a military conflict.

Two THAAD batteries have already been installed.

South Korea has also been in discussions with the United States about deploying aircraft carriers and bombers to the Korean Peninsula.

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that North Korea's recent nuclear test appears to have triggered several landslides, according to what are believed to be the first satellite images of the aftermath.

Japan upgraded its assessment of the North Korean test to 160 kilotons from 120 kilotons after the size of the natural disaster it generated was revised to magnitude 6.1.

Though he took a more critical view this week, Moon previously raised the notion of military talks between North and South as a way to possibly ease the growing strain. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Wednesday China held the key to resolving the crisis, reiterating comments made by Prime Minister Theresa May and Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull after they spoke with Trump.

China will likely step up its retaliations against South Korea.


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