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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Monday the Trump administration would seek the strongest possible sanctions against Kim Jong Un's regime.
In July, the U.S. imposed sanctions on a Chinese company and several Chinese citizens for allegedly helping North Korea in developing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Tokyo has estimated that Pyongyang's hydrogen bomb was 10 times as strong as the two bombs developed in the Manhattan Project and dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the USA at the end of WWII. However, he also said any attempt by the United Nations to impose additional sanctions on North Korea would be "useless and ineffective" as Kim feels threatened by the West and would do anything to safeguard his regime. "Without political and diplomatic tools, it is absolutely impossible to make headway in the current North Korea situation.".
Asked Sunday whether he was going to attack North Korea, Trump said simply: "We'll see".
The two leaders spoke Monday morning to discuss their response to the latest provocation from North Korea - an alleged Sunday test of a hydrogen bomb.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Moscow and Seoul have agreed to develop projects involving North Korea.
Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that Kim was "begging for war", but added: "The time has come for us to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it's too late".
Trump is scheduled to have his first conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping since the nuclear test at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday.
An anti-aircraft defense battalion carried out the exercises early on Tuesday, near the Bohai Sea, the innermost gulf of the Yellow Sea that separates China from the peninsula, an official military website http://www.81.cn reported. Reportedly, the two leaders made the sudden decision to lift the restrictions on the weight of missile warheads, as South Korea has long wanted.
In fact, China, India and Pakistan are North Korea's top three export destinations, MIT figures state, while the Chinese, Indians, Russians and Thais are North Korea's top importers.
Amid U.S. Justice Department and congressional investigations into the alleged meddling and any collusion between Russian Federation and associates of Trump, the Kremlin's hopes for an improvement in relations under Trump have been substantially dampened, with both sides saying ties remain severely strained. The country's official news wire quoted a senior official Wednesday expressing pure joy over Pyongyang's nuclear prowess.
But the longer diplomacy is delayed, the greater the chances that North Korea can master the ability to hit the USA mainland with nuclear-tipped missiles, and then enter talks from a position of strength. He said the North could launch the missiles ahead of September 9, the anniversary of the day North Korea was founded, in a show of celebration at home and defiance to the US. "Cooperation projects in Northeast Asia, such as the gas pipeline project connecting the two Koreas and Russian Federation, may also be implemented".