The so-called North Korean threat is becoming more pressing with each day, as the country is increasing its number of missile tests. The looming threat has prompted the international community to enact punitive measures against Pyongyang. Most recently, on August 5, the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted a resolution tightening the sanctions on North Korea.
The United States is far ahead of North Korea in terms of resources and capabilities, but a direct military confrontation with Pyongyang may still backfire, experts told Sputnik.
US President Donald Trump discussed with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the telephone the issue of North Korea and both expressed a commitment to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang by strictly enforcing existing UN resolutions, the White House said in a press release on Monday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry's official representative Lu Kang has called for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) resolutions on North Korea a day after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that Washington could "destroy" the Asian country.
The United States' top two diplomats – Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and US State Secretary Rex Tillerson – made dissonant comments on the North Korean issue on Sunday, on the one hand saying Washington is not seeking the regime in Pyongyang to collapse and on the other , that they may deal with the DPRK using military force.
Two Hyunmoo-2 missiles were launched from a site near the inter-Korean border six minutes after the North fired a missile from the Sunan district of Pyongyang, Yonhap reported Friday citing the South Korean military.
Russia could influence North Korea, which in the current situation brings hope for the settlement of the ongoing crisis on the Korean Peninsula, according to Prof. Hideshi Takesada from Takushoku University in Tokyo.
Russian Foreign Ministry comments on Merkel's proposal to use Iran's experience in the situation with North Korea.
According to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, despite North Korea's strong desire to engage with the US, it is very unlikely Washington has enough political will for this.
The US State Department reports that the country's Special Representative for North Korea Joseph Yun is meeting Russian officials in Moscow in order to discuss cooperation on the Pyongyang issue.
Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Mikhail Ulyanov says that the proposal to destroy global nuclear arsenals is irresponsible since nuclear weapons are objectively one of the guarantors of international security.
China asks all countries involved in the settlement of the North Korean crisis to revisit country's "double freeze" plan in the light of UNSC sanctions.
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia states that Moscow does not recognize Pyongyang's claims to obtain nuclear status.
The US is championing a new package of economic sanctions against North Korea, including the imposition of an oil embargo on the country following Pyongyang's latest nuclear test. Russian political analyst and Sputnik contributor Dmitry Verkhoturov explains why the new measure is likely to prove futile.
After saying that "all options on the table" concerning the US response to the North Korean nuclear test, Trump explained that the military option, however, isn't "inevitable."
Rex Tillerson answered a question on the US response to the North Korean issue as the UN Security Council is set to vote for a Washington-backed resolution on Monday.
A Russian minister called the humanitarian situation in North Korea "inadmissible" after the text of US' draft resolution on tightening sanctions against Pyongyang had been leaked by media.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has commented on the text of the US draft resolution concerning North Korea, which was recently revealed by media.
China urges UN Security Council to make the next step and take necessary measures against North Korea due to the recent developments on the Korean Peninsula.
After the text of US' UNSC draft resolution on new sanctions on North Korea has been revealed, Pyongyang vowed a response to US "pressure."
The South Korean president believes, there will be no war on the Korean Peninsula, adding that sanctions against North Korea are aimed at resolving the situation peacefully.
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