North Korea’s largest nuclear test to date has been condemned on Sunday in the world, several leaders demand new sanctions and US President Donald Trump said the “appeasement” would not work. The explosion of what North Korea said was that an advanced hydrogen bomb arrived a few days after firing a missile over Japan.
Trump, who said after the launch of last week’s missile that talking to Pyongyang “is not the answer,” tweeted Sunday the test showed that North Korean words and actions continue ‘to be very hostile and dangerous to States United’ ‘. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he would put new sanctions to finally cut off all of North Korea’s world trade.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have said they intend to tighten the sanctions of the European Union. “This latest provocation of the leader in Pyongyang has reached a new dimension,” the German government said in a statement after Merkel and Macron discussed the problem over the phone.
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said: “They (North Korea) seem to be approaching a hydrogen bomb that, if installed on a successful missile, would undoubtedly present a new threat order, adding that there were no military solutions desirable.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said the UN Security Council must urgently consider further steps. Russia has taken a cautious tone. “Under the prevailing conditions, it is absolutely essential to remain calm, to refrain from any action that could lead to further escalation of tensions,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, adding that North Korea runs the risk of “serious consequences “.
Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in China, where they agreed to “deal adequately” with the crisis, Chinese news agency Xinhua said. “Both leaders agreed to respect the goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and maintain close communication and coordination to deal with the new situation,” Xinhua said.
Earlier, China urged North Korea to end “false” actions and said it would fully implement the UN resolutions on the country. As North Korea’s most important trading partner, China’s position – a permanent member of the UN Security Council – will be monitored closely. A Japanese government source said there would be pressure on Beijing to impose an oil embargo.
“They will probably finally act but … it may not be before their October convention,” the source said. “Russia has no real influence over North Korea, it’s China that counts.” Trump said that North Korea had become “a great threat and shame for China” and that Beijing had tried but did not solve the problem. What he called “talk of appeasement” of South Korea would not work because “they (the North Koreans) only understand one thing!
The International Atomic Energy Agency, which has no access to North Korea, described the nuclear test, the sixth since 2006 Pyongyang, “an extremely lamentable act” that was “completely ignoring the repeated demands of the international community.”