USA targets Kim Jong-un's assets, oil supply to North

"The potential consequences of a military action are too horrific", the Secretary General said, referring to the rhetoric being used by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He added that all members of the Security Council must come together and make it clear to North Korea that they need to negotiate in order for the achievement of the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

But Wang also stressed that "sanctions and pressure" must be go hand in hand with "dialogue and negotiation" with Pyongyang. Of the Syrian civil war, Trump said: "We have very little to do with Syria other than killing Isis".

North Korea's ambassador to Mexico on Friday said its tensions with the United States were not Mexico City's business after President Enrique Pena Nieto ordered that he leave the country in protest over Pyongyang's nuclear tests.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their summit in the US on April 6.

North Korea has blamed the United States for its most recent nuclear test, calling it part of an effort to "eradicate the hostile moves and nuclear threat of the USA going on for decades".

The draft resolution would allow states to intercept and inspect on the high seas vessels that have been blacklisted by the Security Council.

The test, said Suh Hoon, director of the National Intelligence Service, might be carried out around Saturday, or September 9, when North Korea celebrates its foundation day.

MAJOR GARRETT, CBS NEWS: Mr. President, on the question of North Korea, the country feels that a crisis is coming. Mr. Trump's latest Twitter threat against nations doing business with North Korea is clearly targeted at China, the only regime with some degree of influence - though it is not clear exactly how much - over the North Korean regime.


Donald Trump has refused to rule out military action against North Korea. An exemption would be provided for North Korean individuals needed for the delivery of humanitarian assistance, on a case-by-case basis to be decided by the Security Council sanctions committee.

South Korean officials say THAAD will strengthen the country's missile defences, which now rely on Patriot-based systems, and will deter North Korea, which has missiles that can be fired from road-mobile launchers or submarines. But the biggest restriction would ban the sale of oil, refined petroleum products, and natural gas liquids to the North. "It will authorize me to. put sanctions on anybody that does trade with 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 survey results show South Koreans have likely grown accustomed to its repeated threats of provocation after over 60 years in a ceasefire state", Gallup Korea said in a statement.

Previously, South Korea was limited to their missiles having a range of 800km and warheads weighing more than 500kg.

Joseph DeTrani is a former special diplomat to the six party talks.

The official, speaking to reporters on Thursday on condition of anonymity, also said there was a grave risk that North Korea might "miscalculate" the United States response to its behaviour and warned Pyongyang not to "under-estimate American will to protect ourselves and our allies". "They don't want to totally alienate the leadership in Pyongyang".

"Any new actions taken by the worldwide community against the DPRK should serve the goal of curbing the DPRK's nuclear and missile programs, while at the same time be conducive to restarting dialogue and consultation", he said, referring to North Korea by the initials of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.


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