Stocks subdued amid North Korea concerns, European data

Stocks subdued amid North Korea concerns, European data

In contrast, Japan's Asian rival China, and Russian Federation, have called repeatedly for a return to worldwide diplomacy and talks with North Korea to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's weapons programs. Two missiles fired by North Korea in recent weeks flew over Japan.

China accounts for some 90 percent of the North's trade, making its cooperation critical to efforts to derail Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development.

Abe and Trump confirmed that the two countries will work together to press Pyongyang on this point, as well as to secure the release of USA citizens held in North Korea.

The South Korean agency confirmed there were two earthquakes Saturday.

In comments to reporters in New York, North Korea's foreign minister said his country's leader is considering whether to demonstrate his ability to detonate a nuclear warhead aboard a missile sent above the Pacific Ocean.

"This new executive order will authorize Treasury to impose a range of sanctions such as suspending USA corresponding account access to any foreign bank that knowingly conducts or facilitates significant transactions tied to trade with North Korea", Mnuchin said, but will only apply only to future behavior.

On Tuesday, Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies against Pyongyang.

Even amid such sanctions and threats, Trump and his aides say they hope to resolve the stand-off over nuclear weapons without resorting to military action.

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Ri said: "It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific".

"This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean", North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in NY on Thursday in response to a question about what action the regime might take against the U.S.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said banks doing business in North Korea would not be allowed to also operate in the United States.

The US President responded with an early morning tweet, saying: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!"

Ri, who was talking to reporters in NY ahead of a planned address later this week, however also said he did not know Kim's exact thoughts, according to the report.

An unnamed, but senior Trump Administration official says the United States is taking the "threat" of North Korea carrying out an above-ground hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific "seriously". And in his response, Kim Jong-un called the POTUS "the mentally deranged United States dotard". The Security Council resolution also bans all North Korea textile exports, worth an average of $760 million over the past three years.

Just 24 hours later North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said that the country will take the "highest-level" action in response to his threats.

"We can not deny the possibility it may fly over our country", he said.

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