S Korea braces for possible missile test

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PRESIDENT Donald Trump has again highlighted the possibility of U.S. military action against North Korea, however the rogue state's neighbours in South Korea increasingly think Pyongyang will start a war. "And they will never agree with this".

Sep 6 South Korean President Moon Jae-In urged Russian Federation on Wednesday to cooperate over cutting oil supplies to North Korea but President Vladimir Putin appeared to pour cold water on the idea.

The proposed measures are contained in a draft resolution which the United States wants the 15-member council to vote on this Monday.

"(I) hope to search for measures to fundamentally solve the North Korean nuclear issue and to prompt North Korea to stop provocations together (with Russia)". The country tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and analysts say the flight data from the launches indicate the missiles could cover a broad swath of the continental United States, including major cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, when perfected.

Pressed on whether he could accept a scenario in which the isolated nation had nukes but was "contained and deterred", Trump demurred.

Putin said North Korea's neighbors should engage with it, not whip up "military hysteria".

The White House said both leaders were committed to taking "further action" aimed at "denuclearising" the Korean peninsula.

He told the audience that Russian Federation condemned North Korea's recent actions but opined that there was no other way to manage the situation than through dialogue. "President Xi would like to do something".

"We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches", Defence Ministry official Chang Kyung-soo said. "To this end, it is pivotal we uphold our commitments to the Republic of Korea - a USA treaty ally - and endeavor through our alliance to maintain peace and prosperity on the Peninsula, in the region, and beyond".

Russian Federation has rebuffed United States calls for new UN sanctions while Washington has promised its allies advanced weaponry.

The U.S. -drafted resolution, circulated to council members Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press, would also prohibit North Korea from exporting textiles and ban all countries from hiring and paying workers from the northeast Asian nation - two key sources of foreign currency.

A U.N. resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the United States, Britain, France, Russia or China to pass.

The basketball ace expressed admiration for Trump but said the USA president could be "a little bit insane sometimes". Jang is infamous as an ally of the Wall Street hedge funds, especially Felix Rohatyn (Jang has a doctorate from the Wharton School), who has led the "stock-holder values" campaign to break up the family owned conglomerates (chaebol), which has been the means of forcing corporations to plow profits back to shareholders rather than into expansion, R&D, and similar productive investments.

Speaking after a meeting Wednesday with the president of close USA ally, South Korea, Putin urged support for a Russian-Chinese roadmap that seeks a North Korean nuclear freeze in exchange for the US and South Korea curbing military drills.

A report in South Korea on Tuesday claimed Kim's regime was seen moving what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile towards its west coast.

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