March 22 2018

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

March 22 2018, 04:01 | Van Peters

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

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

Pyongyang claimed the bomb tested was a hydrogen fusion bomb, which, if true, would signal a dramatic improvement in the potency of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there were concerns that existing sanctions on North Korea have not been fully enforced by Pyongyang's few remaining trading partners, namely China and several African nations.

South Korean officials said they continued to monitor for radioactive fallout from the test and for signs of preparations for more activity as they pushed for a stronger worldwide response.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit on Wednesday for Russia to play a bigger role in addressing the increasing nuclear threat from North Korea.

The South Korean president said that joint work of Russia, South Korea and North Korea on projects in Russia's Far East will help to improve trilateral relations.

Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, has repeatedly joined China in calling for negotiations with North Korea, suggesting that the US and South Korea halt all major war games in exchange for North Korea halting its testing programme.

"North Korea's nuclear test is a flagrant violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions".

Sen. Cory Gardner said he backed efforts to ramp up sanctions targeting those who aid North Korea, including cutting off North Korean exports to China, its shipping and its petroleum imports.

No headway could be made without political and diplomatic tools, Putin said.

Peskov also said that Putin was aware of a US decision to take over Russian diplomatic property in the United States.

"Because the Americans are sending mixed signals, Putin probably sees an opening to take the lead", he said.

"President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to defending the homeland, territories, and allies of the United States, using all available diplomatic and military capabilities".

Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House armed services committee, said he felt Mattis and Tillerson had effectively the same message as Trump when it came to North Korea.

Onodera said the new estimate is based on definitive seismic data from a commission promoting ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Japanese experts said Wednesday that Sunday's blast had a yield of about 160 kilotons - more than 10 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.

"Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in September 1990, South Korea and Russian Federation have continued to expand their cooperation in various areas, such as the economic, diplomatic and cultural sectors".

China and Russian Federation have both since distanced themselves from that approach. Kim Jong-un is behaving rationally, according to Russia's President, as the North Korean dictator wants to avoid the fate of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was toppled by the United States and its allies. According to the Kremlin, both sides discussed ways to improve ties on the geopolitical front and trade in the energy sector. The US deficit has more than doubled since the pact took effect in 2012, from $13.2 billion (11.1 billion euros) in 2011 to $27.6 billion previous year, according to official US data.

"When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard".

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