Trump urges more sanctions for N.Korea

Cheryl Sanders
April 25, 2017

US President Donald Trump has called for renewed sanctions on North Korea amid escalating tensions between the two countries.

"China adamantly opposes any actions in contravention of the United Nations Security Council resolutions", Xi said, according to the report, evidently referring to a series of decisions by the council to punish North Korea for its nuclear and missile programs.

The United States has ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to mounting concern over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the USA and its Asian allies.

The statement came just hours after a North Korean newspaper said Pyongyang was ready to take out a U.S. aircraft carrier conducting drills with Japanese destroyers near the Philippines.

United States officials have told Reuters tougher sanctions could include an oil embargo, banning North Korea's airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks and other foreign doing business with Pyongyang.

The flaring tensions over North Korea have already reopened cracks in its ties with China, which for decades has provided fuel, trade opportunities and a degree of political cover to North Korea, while other countries have shunned it.

"I think it's a new day when you've got China and the United States working together on a statement to condemn North Korea".

Trump also spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on Monday, discussing the joint drills under way between the U.S. carrier Carl Vinson and Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The comments reflected growing Chinese fears that the tensions between North Korea and the United States and its Asian allies could spiral into outright military conflict.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is urging restraint in the face of a possible nuclear test by North Korea.

South Korean and U.S. officials have feared for some time that a sixth North Korean nuclear test could be imminent and speculation has grown that this, or another missile test, could coincide with the 85th anniversary of the foundation of North Korea's army on Tuesday.

"North Korea's nuclear and missile program is an extremely serious threat to security not only in the worldwide community but also for our country", Mr. Abe said.

In addition to the Carl Vinson, the USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered, guided-missile submarine, is due to arrive Tuesday on a routine port visit at Busan, South Korea, a US defense official said.

Analysts say North Korea is also likely developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the canisters might have contained prototypes.

The North Korean state newspaper claimed to have weaponry that "can reach continental U.S. and Asia Pacific region" and the "absolute weapon", or a nuclear hydrogen bomb. And they have become increasingly impatient with China to do more to rein in North Korea.

The return of a USA aircraft carrier strike group to the region could also reignite tensions, especially if it is accompanied by another round of punchy rhetoric from either Pyongyang or Washington.

Adding to the tensions, North Korea detained a USA citizen on Saturday, bringing the number of Americans being held there to three. The 58-year old taught accounting for a month at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

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