Trump says military action against N. Korea not inevitable

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North Korea said the USA will "pay dearly" after its United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley demanded the strongest sanctions ever to stop Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons program.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un would have his people "eat grass" before giving up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

North Korea completed its sixth underground bomb test last weekend, prompting the U.S.to consider "massive military response" in addition to seeking increased sanctions.

A senior Trump administration official said that there was a grave risk that North Korea might "miscalculate" the USA response to its behaviour and warned Pyongyang not to "underestimate American will to protect ourselves and our allies".

The United States has proposed a resolution at the United Nations that would include broad new sanctions on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong Un, according to a UN diplomat.

In a sideline meeting at the summit, Moon reportedly asked Putin to support new sanctions, the Times said. To date, all of North Korea's six nuclear tests have taken place at its underground testing site in Punggye-ri which makes verification hard. "We believe that sanctions and pressure are only half of the key to resolving the issue". Close to 90% of North Korea's global trade is with China. Trump did not elaborate on the kind of weaponry and equipment he had in mind, but the White House has said the president is willing to approve the sale of "many billions of dollars´ worth of military weapons and equipment" to Seoul. For example, Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons between 1994 and 1996 - a move that led many experts to suggest that Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 would not have happened had Ukraine retained its nuclear threat. "The second thing we cannot accept, in any case, is a war on the Korean peninsula", Cho said at a luncheon organised at a think-tank.

The 13-page draft condemns North Korea's September 2 hydrogen bomb test and its "flagrant disregard" of numerous previous Security Council resolutions that prohibit Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile activities.

He also spoke over phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Korea President Moon Jae-In.

The other country opposing the draft resolution is Russian Federation, another source of oil for North Korea. "Hopefully, we're not going to have to use it on North Korea".

South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

The US president took that diplomatic pressure a step further on Sunday, warning that he was considering "stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea".

Mattis added that "We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so".

Concerns have risen that the North could carry out additional provocations to mark the anniversary as the regime has often timed major provocations with important anniversaries, including the founding anniversary, one of the most celebrated holidays.

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