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Putin: North Korea Would 'Eat Grass' Before Giving Up Nukes

Putin: North Korea Would 'Eat Grass' Before Giving Up Nukes”

May and Trump also agreed that China must use all leverage on Pyongyang to stop further illegal missile and nuclear tests.

Guterres told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY on Tuesday that North Korea's nuclear and missile tests threaten regional and worldwide stability.

Diplomats have said the UN Security Council could consider banning North Korean textile exports, barring its airline and stopping supplies of oil to the government and military.

He said that the United States was erroneously counting 155 Russian diplomats working at the United Nations headquarters in NY as being Russian diplomats on USA soil.

In response to the latest tests, the South Korean Navy announced Tuesday it conducted live-fire drills off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula to check its "immediate operational readiness" after the country's Air Force and Army conducted their own joint drills.

The UK prime minister supported the U.S. call for a tougher response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test conducted on Sunday.

"And unfortunately, economic measures that might be adopted - they will definitely fall on the Korean people themselves, not on the Korean nuclear or ballistic (missile) problem", Nebenzia said.

North Korea on Sunday conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, triggering US warnings of a "massive military response".

Putin also said Moscow reserved the right to further cut the number of US diplomatic staff in response to what he called Washington's "boorish" treatment of Russia's diplomatic mission on USA soil that took place last week.

In reactiion, a Senior State Department official said: "We hope that we can avoid further retaliatory actions with Russian Federation and move forward to achieve the stated goal of both of our presidents: improved relations between our two countries and increased cooperation on areas of mutual concern".

The move comes amid tensions over North Korea's latest nuclear test.

"We reserve the right to take a decision on the number of USA diplomats in Moscow".

The White House said that in a phone call with South Korean's president on Monday, Trump gave approval "in principle" to lifting previous restrictions on South Korean missile payloads and to approving "many billions" in weapons sales to South Korea.

He said: "I believe the situation may enter an uncontrollable state if the North does not halt its provocations".

U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January, saying he wanted to improve ties with Russian Federation.

Both leaders "condemned North Korea's continued reckless and risky behavior" and reaffirmed the importance of close coordination at the United Nations.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will discuss North Korea with Moon and Putin in Vladivostok, said on Wednesday he wanted the North to understand it has "no bright future" if it continues on its current path.

Putin said North Korea's neighbors should engage with it, not whip up "military hysteria".

"Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it's a dead end", he added.

"It's a road to nowhere".

Russian Federation earlier condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as "provocative", but said it does not support the idea of slapping North Korea with more sanctions.

The examples of Iraq and Libya have convinced the North Korean leadership that only nuclear deterrence can protect them, so no sanctions can dissuade them, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

The latest escalation of the crisis came on Sunday when Pyonyang announced it had conducted a sixth nuclear test, which it claimed was of a hydrogen bomb.

Putin said Tuesday at a news conference in China that Russian Federation saw the test as "provocative".

Japanese lawmakers are demanding tougher United Nations sanctions on North Korea, after it conducted a sixth nuclear test over the weekend. She urged the 15-member Security Council to impose the "strongest possible" sanctions to deter him and shut down his trading partners.

Moon told Putin he would be open to talks with North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, but stressed that now is not the time for dialogue.



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