South Korea urges North to abandon nukes

South Korea urges North to abandon nukes

In the meantime, Moon said all countries must strictly adhere to United Nations sanctions on North Korea and impose tougher steps in the event of new provocations by Pyongyang.

The aid will be distributed via United Nations agencies.

Seoul stressed that strict monitoring by global agencies will ensure that the supplies of food and medicine would not be diverted by the North for purposes other than helping children and pregnant women.

Trump said the new executive order "significantly expands our authority to target individual companies, financial institutions, that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea" and "will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind".

Moon urged nations to fully implement U.N. sanctions that were tightened against North Korea after its purported hydrogen bomb test September 3. He said he wanted North Korea, which never reached a formal peace treaty with the South after the 1950-53 Korean War - to attend next year's Winter Olympics to be hosted by South Korea.

On the bilateral front, the two sides exchanged views on China's economic retaliation over South Korea's hosting of a USA missile defense system called THAAD. The White House, in a statement, later said North Korea's energy, medical, mining, textiles and transportation industries were among those targeted and that the U.S. Treasury could sanction anyone who owns, controls or operates a port of entry in North Korea.

As people in the room chuckled, Trump added in front of television cameras and reporters, "I promise, I did not tell them to use that word".

"There are a number of problems with attempting to provide humanitarian aid to [North Korea] through such channels right now", Nicholas Eberstadt, a Korea expert with the American Enterprise Institute, told VOA's Korean Service.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Wednesday delivered a scornful response to that threat, likening it to the sound of "a dog barking". However, some experts say that continuing questions about how to respond to North Korea could drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul.

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously imposed nine rounds of sanctions on North Korea since 2006, the latest this month capping fuel supplies to the isolated state.

South Korea's efforts aimed at fresh aid for North Korea dragged down Moon's approval rating.