Trump says hopes to avoid military option on N. Korea

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   MILITARY OPERATION North Korea is preparing to attack the US territory of Guam

GETTY MILITARY OPERATION North Korea is preparing to attack the US territory of Guam

"Certainly that's not our first choice, but we will see what happens", Trump said as he boarded Marine One at the White House.

The day before, Trump told reporters that the USA would first apply all means of pressure except military action, which he said was certainly "not a first choice".

He said that Britain's decision to leave the EU a year ago had made France the most influential European Union power left among the five permanent members of the Security Council.

After a phone call with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about how to deal with Kim Jong-Un's threatening nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Trump did not rule out military strikes if necessary. "I'm asking for Russia's cooperation". "It would be great if something else could be worked out", Trump said.

President Donald Trump stepped back from the possibility of imminent military action against North Korea on Thursday, saying such an event is neither inevitable nor preferable.

Even so, Mr Ushakov said the talks had led to more "elements of commonality".

The comments come as the United States is proposing a range of new UN sanctions against North Korea following its sixth nuclear bomb test. The US has responded to meet the challenge with "fire and fury". The initiative of suspension-for-suspension calls for Pyongyang to suspend its nuclear and missile activities and for the United States and South Korea to suspend their large-scale war games.

China is by far North Korea's biggest trading partner, accounting for 92 percent of two-way trade past year.

"The next round of sanctions is really crucial to the development of a relationship between the global community and North Korea, because it involves oil, which brings the conflict closer to war", Wang said.

The U.S., China and Russian Federation can't seem to agree on how to deal with North Korea's latest saber-rattling.

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     ROCKET MAN Kim Jong-un has angered the word by launching a series of missiles
GETTY ROCKET MAN Kim Jong-un has angered the word by launching a series of missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the same forum on Thursday he thought the North Korea crisis would not escalate into a large-scale conflict involving nuclear weapons, predicting that common sense would prevail.

"We will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea". Everyone needs to do more and all options are on the table.

"President Xi would like to do something. we'll see whether or not he can do it".

The official said the United States is anxious about a rising threat of "miscalculation" by North Korea, which may think the warnings of US force are hollow. Mr Kim claimed on Sunday that he could fit a warhead onto an ICBM capable of striking the continental US.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert insisted the strategy of applying diplomatic pressure on North Korea, while slow going, is effective.

China has been considering closing a customs post along its border with North Korea, according to the Daily NK, a Seoul-based website that says it gathers information from informants inside the isolated nation.

South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. said its China plant halted operation due to a supply disruption on Tuesday, its second shutdown in China in less than a month.

Pressure has mounted on Trump to respond as North Korea appears to be getting closer to building a nuclear weapon small enough to be compatible with a missile that can reach the United States. The nation's nuclear safety commission said it had not detected any so far. We are in a position now - and you know the new orders. Mr Moon had previously sought to delay its deployment.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang clarified later that China would support the consensus of the UN Security Council.

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