Shanghai: China said on Saturday it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.
The new sanctions gave the Trump Administration the power to penalize individual companies and institutions that trade with and finance North Korea.
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"This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat", said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, calling North Korea's weapons program "a grave threat". In two July flight tests, those missiles showed potential capability to reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected.
The president assured those in attendance, without details, that he would defend the USA against any offensives launched by North Korea: "I can tell you one thing, you are protected, OK?"
Refined oil exports to North Korea from all United Nations members is capped at 500,000 barrels from October 1 to the end of the year and 2 million barrels annually from January 1, 2018.
The move comes just days after Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the US or its allies.
Kim had called Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" a day earlier after Trump said Washington would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies. Japan, the only country to suffer an atomic attack, called the North Korean threat to conduct an atmospheric test "totally unacceptable".
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China warned today that the situation on the Korean Peninsula was "complicated and sensitive" and called for restraint on all sides after North Korea hinted that it might explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. "North Korea should acknowledge all these immutable facts as soon as possible".
He urged the DPRK to "immediately cease making reckless choices that could lead to its own isolation and downfall, and choose the path of dialogue".
It drew a sharp rebuke from the North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who said "It would be a dog's dream if he meant to scare us with the sound of a dog barking".
Mr Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have agreed to Seoul's "acquisition and development of highly advanced military assets" and to increased deployment of U.S. strategic assets in and around South Korea on a "rotational basis", the White House said yesterday.
Trump is sending the top US diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to a Security Council session Thursday to press for enforcement of the United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang aimed at limiting its funds for weapons development.
Atmospheric tests of nuclear-armed missiles, as NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reported, are risky for a host for reasons, including the potential for sending nuclear fallout in unpredictable patterns and, if a test were to be administered by North Korea, in the direction of the U.S.
'I genuinely do not think that Trump or the people around him want to nuke North Korea'.