North Korea military action 'not first choice — Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

There will be massive casualties here [in Seoul] if we have a conflict.

The assets of military-controlled airline, Air Koryo, would be frozen if the draft resolution is adopted. But time is increasingly not on Trump's side. Neither has President Trump. Seoul's nuclear safety agency said Wednesday it had not detected traces of radioactive materials, such as xenon gas, in soil, water and air samples following the blast.

"China will never allow chaos and war on the (Korean) peninsula", he asserted.

Using her trademark bombastic delivery, Ri announced on state television on Sunday the hydrogen bomb test was "a perfect success!" and a key step in "completing the state nuclear force".

The nuclear bomb dropped by the United States on the western Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, had a yield of 16 kilotons and one dropped on Nagasaki three days later came in at 21 kilotons.

It would order all countries to freeze all funds, other financial assets and economic resources outside North Korea "that are owned or controlled, directly or indirectly" by Kim Jong Un, the ruling Worker's Party of Korea, the government, or by individuals or entities acting on their behalf or at their direction. "We must now adopt the strongest possible measures".

The choices are momentous. Every U.S. president has said that is unacceptable. Trade barriers imposed on Russia by the EU and the U.S. have done little to improve international relations over recent years; while neighbouring China is a beneficiary of the regime, supplying four-fifths of the North's imports.

A top South Korean official just floated the idea of having Washington return nuclear weapons to the Korean peninsula - a provocative idea at a dangerous time.

That threat has worked-so far-for every other pair of nuclear adversaries. And none has been willing to sell every weapons system it develops to any eager buyer, as North Korea is.

This is a fundamental misunderstanding.

The South Korean presidential spokesman quoted Putin as saying that Russia was concerned a block of fuel oil supplies would hurt civilians - including hospitals.

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui province, examined the Punggye-ri site and said they "were confident" underground detonations were occurring underneath the mountain, South China Morning Post reported. It will push hard for technical improvements, more defensive batteries, and more funding.

Though it's still too soon to confirm whether that's true, whatever the north tested was clearly much larger than its previous devices.

The US has urged China, which is the North's main trading partner, to put more pressure on the reclusive nation to limit his controversial missile programme. The demand contradicted the stance of their host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who in an earlier meeting with Moon dismissed sanctions as a solution. Successive U.S. administrations have each tried and failed to encourage Kim, and his father before him, Kim Jong-il, to reconcile with South Korea.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the five-year-old South Korea-U.S. (KORUS) FTA as a horrible deal for creating a $27 billion U.S. trade deficit with South Korea last year. This makes it all the harder to implement harsher sanctions against Pyongyang, which is worth trying despite past disappointing results. "There will be less light in households due to less kerosene".

Japan rearming to cope with a looming North Korean threat. That marked a 0.6% jump for the day and a 4.3% gain for the month of August. Mattis' response, if any, was not given.

It has done that for two decades.

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