The Trump administration is seeking to ratchet up pressure on North Korea after the country tested what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, following several successful tests of ballistic missiles with intercontinental range.
Abe later met Putin at the Vladivostok conference and said they both agreed that North Korea's nuclear test was a serious threat to regional peace and a challenge to global nuclear nonproliferation regime.
Military interdictions at sea, however, could raise tensions not seen since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when President John F. Kennedy ordered a blockade of the island, according to the report.
"And unfortunately, economic measures that might be adopted - they will definitely fall on the Korean people themselves, not on the Korean nuclear or ballistic (missile) problem", Nebenzia said.
Asked Sunday whether he was going to attack North Korea, Trump said simply: "We'll see".
Merkel said that she backed sanctions as a means of bringing North Korea to the negotiating table.
South Korea has said the launchers for the USA missile defense system known as Thaad would be installed in the face of the growing threat from Pyongyang.
"I would prefer not going the route of the military", Trump said, speaking after a meeting with the Emir of Kuwait, "If we do use it on North Korea, it will be a very sad day for North Korea".
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President Donald Trump usually talks tough when it comes to North Korea.
North Korea's hydrogen bomb test on September 3 is a "grave violation" of United Nations resolutions and threatens regional security, the Russian president said on Wednesday. He told reporters before his departure from Japan that "We must make North Korea understand there is no bright future for the country if it pursues the current path".
Washington, Sep 7 (IANS) The US has proposed a range of new United Nations sanctions against North Korea, including an oil ban and a freeze on the country's leader Kim Jong-un's assets.
Russian Federation has described the draft resolution as a "little premature" and put forward a plan in which the United States and South Korea would stop major exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programmes.
The White House stressed the US and Chinese leaders' joint commitment to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. Nebenzia also said the U.N. Security Council may need "a separate political resolution that stresses diplomacy rather than sanctions".
It was not immediately clear how North Korean ally China and Russian Federation would vote, but a senior U.S. official on Friday night expressed scepticism that either nation would accept anything more stringent than a ban on imports of North Korean textiles.
United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that military action is not his "first choice" against North Korea.