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Military Strike Against N Korea 'Not First Choice': Trump Tells Xi Jinping

07 September 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as a "flagrant violation" of global conventions, but also said there can only be a "diplomatic and peaceful solution" of the crisis.

Diplomats say the UN Security Council could also consider barring its airline.

No headway could be made without political and diplomatic tools, Putin said, later telling the TASS news agency that Russian and North Korean delegations might meet at the Vladivostok forum.

Since 2012, the United States "trade deficit in goods with Korea has doubled from $13.2billion to $27.6billion, while USA goods exports have actually gone down".

"It was a very good call, very warm discussion, very constructive", he told reporters in Canberra afterwards.

Lavrov also said Moscow is "willing to consider" a USA draft resolution condemning North Korea's nuclear test submitted to the U.N. Security Council if its stance opposing a military response is taken into account. He said on Wednesday it was inevitable oil supplies to the North would be cut and asked Putin to cooperate.

President of the United States of America Donald Trump on Wednesday said that a military strike was not his first choice for dealing with a nuclear-armed North Korea. We had a very, very frank and very strong phone call, ' he added on Wednesday.

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The administration has repeatedly said it is keeping all options on the table as it grapples with the threat from North Korea.

The United States "must not withdraw" from the free trade agreement with South Korea, senior Republicans and Democrats on congressional committees overseeing trade policy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Other measures could include preventing North Koreans from working overseas and putting top officials on a blacklist aimed at imposing asset freezes and travel bans.

South Korea is Nebraska's sixth-largest agriculture trade partner and a major market for Nebraska pork, corn, ethanol, beef and wheat. The U.S. military said the four remaining Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries would be deployed on a golf course in the south of the country on Thursday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated China's opposition to the system, saying it could only "severely damage" regional security and raise "tensions and antagonism". "China expresses serious concern over the relevant movements", Geng said.

Trump said Washington has been deeply concerned over the ongoing situation on the Korean Peninsula and attaches importance to China's essential role in resolving the issue.

North Korea's detonation of a hydrogen bomb on Sunday marked its most powerful nuclear test to date.

Military Strike Against N Korea 'Not First Choice': Trump Tells Xi Jinping