The Kremlin’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov urged America to find a ‘political resolution’ amid heightened tensions following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.
And China today criticized President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. trade with countries that deal with North Korea and rejected pressure to do more to halt the North’s nuclear development.
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Trump issued the threat after North Korea on Sunday exploded a thermonuclear device in its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. The threat was seen as a warning to China, North Korea’s main trading partner and only major ally.
Speaking at a BRICS summit in China, Ryabkov said: ‘Those who are stronger and smarter should show restraint. Any clumsy step could lead to an explosion.’
He said sanctions on North Korea had reached the limit of their impact. Any more would be aimed at breaking its economy, so a decision to impose further constraints would become dramatically harder, he said.
Ryabkov added that that no country ‘the right to take unilateral action’.
It came after the US warned it could launch a ‘massive military response’ to any threats from North Korea after the rogue state announced it had successfully tested a weapon up to ten times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb that could kill millions of people.
When asked if he planned to attack Pyongyang, Donald Trump replied, ‘We’ll see’, and said he was holding a meeting with his military leaders. Mr Trump also tweeted that talk of appeasement was pointless because North Korea ‘only understand one thing’, as the state promised further tests.
Trump has also warned the US is considering halting trade with ‘any country doing business with North Korea’ – a threat China said was ‘unacceptable’ and ‘unfair’.