Military Action Against North Korea Not Inevitable: Donald Trump

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With North Korea's upgraded military capabilities, the newspaper warned that the United States and its "vassal" forces are doomed to be defeated, at a time when the global community is carefully watching the North for signs of another missile launch or other provocations on the occasion of the anniversary.

But no weapons test was detected from North Korea as of Saturday afternoon, as people in the capital went through customary practices of showing loyalty to late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the father of third-generation leader Kim Jong Un.

The United States, which has proposed an oil embargo and a freeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assets, among other punitive steps against the country, has requested the 15-member Security Council to vote on the resolution on Monday.

Mr Putin said he believes US President Donald Trump's administration is willing to defuse tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that if the UN Security Council does not put additional sanctions on North Korea, he has an executive order ready for Trump to sign, forecasting secondary sanctions that would be imposed on any country found trading with Pyongyang.

The clashes came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia's Far East and repeated their calls for stronger punishment of North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) said it had been conducting tests on land, air and water samples since shortly after the North Korean nuclear test on Sunday.

China will support further United Nations action if it helps restart dialogue with North Korea, foreign minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.

Addressing the media at a White House news conference along with the emir of Kuwait, Trump said, "Military action would certainly be an option".

North Korea already warned Friday the U.S. will "pay dearly" after its UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said the regime was "begging for war".

The move was part of measures to defend the South from the North, Seoul's defence ministry said.

"The relations between the two countries are based on the excellent tradition of friendship and mutual respect", the Korean Central News Agency quoted the message as saying.

That appeared to be derailed by the detonation of a 120kt nuclear or thermonuclear weapon on September 3, 2017 (the sixth and largest nuclear detonation on North Korean soil), and the launch of an unarmed North Korean ICBM overflying Japan on August 29, 2017. But the NSSC said it had detected xenon-133, a radioactive isotope that does not occur naturally and which has in the past been linked to North Korea's nuclear tests.

The official said the danger of war is rising, and the U.S. is also concerned about North Korea exporting its nuclear technology to other nations or to terrorist groups. Indeed, the USSR was the major ally of North Korea up to and including the Korean War, and the PRC only became involved in the Korean War when it appeared as though an existential threat existed with USA forces crossing the Yalu River and threatening nuclear war against the PRC.

The US is willing to risk a veto of its proposal rather than see it watered down, according to a Security Council diplomat who asked not to be identified while negotiations are ongoing. "That (claim) is without basis", he told reporters outside the North Korean embassy in Mexico City.

Mexico's foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, has led the diplomatic push as he also seeks to convince the United States to keep the North American Free Trade Agreement in place. Trump also held a 45-minite phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday on how to restrain the North.

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