The U.S.is circulating a draft resolution at the United Nations that would bar crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation's exports of textiles and prohibit employment of its guest workers by other countries, according to a diplomat at the world body.
But the USA is expected to face opposition from China and Russian Federation, which both supply oil to North Korea and wield vetoes at the Security Council.
"The worldwide community must unite in applying the greatest possible pressure on North Korea", Mr Abe said in a speech alongside Mr Putin and South Korea's Moon Jae In at an economic forum in Vladivostok. This comes amidst rumors and warnings that North Korea, celebrating its Founders Day Sept. 9, may fire off another test missile. It also provides hundreds of thousands of tons of oil and fuel to the impoverished regime.
The blast threw down a new gauntlet to US President Donald Trump, after the North in July twice tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that appeared to bring much of the US mainland into range, and threatened to send a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un praised the "perfect success" of the country's sixth and largest nuclear test and urged further weapons development, according to state media today, in the face of a USA drive for tough new sanctions.
After a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on North Korea's ongoing moves to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, said Trump, when asked if he was still considering military action.
The clashes came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia's Far East and repeated their calls for stronger punishment of North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies.
A senior North Korean official has lashed out at France after it warned Pyongyang's nuclear ambition could pose a threat to Europe, saying Paris must abandon its own atomic weapons first.
Russian President Vladimir Putin echoed a similar sentiment Wednesday during a meeting with South Korea's president in Russia.
But Xi agreed that they "will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea", the United States president said.
North Korea said it would respond to any U.N. sanctions and USA pressure with "powerful counter measures", accusing the United States of aiming to start a war. Trump refused to say during his news conference on Thursday whether he would accept the country as a nuclear-armed state, insisting that he would not state his negotiating parameters publicly. As of September 7, the six-THAAD anti-missile battery was fully installed in South Korea-a deployment completely opposed by China.