Moon, Putin call for immediate efforts to stop N. Korean provocation

Putin: Russia reserves right to cut further US diplomatic mission

"So I wish to work together to have North Korea stop its provocations and find ways to fundamentally resolve the North Korean nuclear issue", Moon added. "I very much hope that we will be able, as the current USA president has said, to reach some compromise in resolving bilateral and global problems", Putin said during a news conference.

Cutting off that supply line could devastate the North's economy. But Putin had been reluctant to give any immediate response, after yesterday commenting that further sanctions would be "useless and inefficient".

Speaking moments after a BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, Putin also criticised United States diplomacy in the crisis and renewed his call for talks, saying North Korea would not halt its missile testing programme until it felt secure. This is a road to nowhere.

President Donald Trump - in tweets after the North's test on Sunday - faulted South Korea for what he called its "talk of appeasement" toward the North, and didn't specifically mention that the U.S.is obligated by treaty to defend its ally in the event of war. "It could lead to a global catastrophe", he told reporters.

"It is of course embarrassing at the very least to place us on par with North Korea and then ask our help in exercising sanctions against North Korea", he said.

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"It is hard to hold a dialogue with people who mix Austria with Australia", he continued, an apparent reference to a decade-old gaffe by George W. Bush, who during a 2007 visit to Sydney referred to Austrian troops when he meant Australian troops.

"Do you really think due to some sanctions that North Korea will turn away from the path they've undertaken to create weapons of mass destruction?"

That leaves Washington and its allies in South Korea, Japan and elsewhere with an unwelcome question: Is there any way to live with a nuclear-armed North Korea, one that is contained and deterred from using its nuclear weaponry?

Japan upgraded its assessment of the hydrogen bomb test to 160 kilotons from 120 kilotons after the size of the natural disaster it generated was revised to 6.1. "We have chosen mutually beneficial areas and projects that will bring mutual benefit", Abe said. Russian Federation says that the buildings were subsequently searched, in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and that it has been denied access to them, despite their status as "inviolable" diplomatic properties.

In July, Moscow responded, ordering the United States to cut the number of its diplomatic and technical staff working in Russian Federation by around 60 per cent, to 455.

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