US House committee to hold hearing on N. Korea

US House committee to hold hearing on N. Korea

Pyongyang's Sunday test of what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile triggered global alarm and has divided the worldwide community as it scrambles for a response.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un praised the "perfect success" of the country's sixth and largest nuclear test and urged further weapons development, according to state media today, in the face of a U.S. drive for tough new sanctions.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will meet Putin in Vladivostok on Thursday, said 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".

Wang is taking a different approach, according to South Korean news service News 1.

"It is ridiculous to say that the nuclear weapons of the DPRK, the deterrent force against the nuclear threat and blackmail of the United States, can aim at Europe", he added.

Washington is pushing for a UN Security Council vote on a resolution calling for tough new measures on the North, including an oil embargo, an asset freeze on Kim and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers.

Trump said at the White House on Wednesday that military action is not his "first choice" to address North Korea's ongoing moves to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, hours after he spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

He warned that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has calculated that the survival of his regime depends on its development of nuclear weapons.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Monday that the United States wants a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions adopted by September 11. "But we will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea", Trump told reporters, although he offered no specifics.

As for what a new UN Security Council resolution would look like, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, yesterday, that discussions are underway but it's too early to draw an conclusions.

The deployment follows a spate of recent North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear tests, and increasingly heated rhetoric between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

Beijing says the system's powerful radars will be able to monitor flights and missile launches deep inside north-eastern China. "His abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war".

Efforts to boost sanctions face resistance from Russian Federation and Pyongyang's chief ally China, which has always been reluctant to take measures that could trigger instability or a refugee exodus on its border.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

But speaking at the closure of the BRICs summit in Beijing - which hosted the leaders of Brazil, India, China and South Africa - Putin said that while Russian Federation condemned North Korea's latest actions, imposing any kind of sanctions would be "useless and ineffective".

Knowing the urgency to solve the matter of North Korea, the UN Security Council has scheduled its second emergency meeting in a week.