S. Korea, US, Japan agree to maximize pressure on N. Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump left and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany

U.S. President Donald Trump left and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany

"If there's going to be a war to stop [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there".

The United States gave China, North Korea's neighbor and ally, a proposed resolution several weeks ago.

France's Delattre said "quick action" and "strong additional sanctions" are needed in response to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, including two recent successful ICBM tests.

Chung, in particular, emphasized that the ultimate goal of maximum pressure and sanctions is to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.

Noh Young-min, a former lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), and a close aide to Moon, was tapped as the ambassador to China on July 20 and is now waiting for the official appointment. North Korea's nuclear ambitions are expected to be high on the agenda at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) regional security gathering, and Washington is expected to speak to its partners about what they can do to increase pressure on the regime.

During the 70-minute talks that began at 9 p.m. (local time), they recognized the grave challenge and threat North Korea's missile launches pose to peace and stability in the region and beyond.

Acting U.S. Ambassador Marc Knapper attended a meeting with the lawmakers on Thursday and "underscored the ironclad U.S. - ROK alliance amid provocation", according to the U.S. embassy.

"That is why the DPRK strongly condemns and rejects the so called unilateral sanctions by the U.S., and all other countries in the world also need to seriously ponder over the outrageous and unlawful act of the U.S.", he said.

Nebenzia also said Security Council sanctions should "focus on those who carry actual responsibility for the crises", Russia's state-run news agency, TASS, reported, and that "restrictions should not harm civilians or social and economic development".

The spokesman accused the U.S. of challenging the U.N. Charter and international law by applying its federal law to international relations. But he said even if there's an agreement between the U.S. and China, it doesn't mean there's agreement among the five veto-wielding permanent members or with the 10 elected members of the Security Council who haven't seen the draft resolution yet.

South Korea's Ministry of Unification (MOU) on Wednesday criticized claims by the opposition that the President's ongoing holiday was affecting Seoul's ability to respond to the ongoing international fallout from Pyongyang's second test of the Hwasong-14 ICBM on Friday.

Potential candidates for ambassador to Japan are Kim Sung-gon, a former DPK lawmaker who served as deputy head of the Korea-Japan Parliamentarians' Union, and Ha Tae-yoon, consul general of Osaka and former secretary for former presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun.

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