US North Korea sanctions bill targets Chinese garment firm

South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence in Paju South Korea near the border with North Korea

A barbed-wire fence separating North Korea from China is seen in this photo taken from the Chinese border city of Hunchun, China, March 18, 2015. Chinese and Russian influence has also caused newly-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in to push back against THAAD installations.

The North's missiles now cover longer distances, the method from which the missiles are launched have become more varied, its so-called saturation attack has grown more sophisticated, and the country continues to develop its missile and nuclear programme in secrecy, according to the white paper, which will be drawn up in early August. US officials have said a military solution isn't off the table. In addition to their Hwasong-14, they have twice successfully launched satellites from three-stage ballistic rockets, the first stage of which could form the basis for an ICBM capable of reaching the U.S. West Coast.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the European Union had reached out to senior South Korean and Chinese officials, saying it was willing to play some kind of broker role if it could help.

The timing and scope of the USA action will depend heavily on how China responds to pressure for tougher steps against North Korea when US and Chinese officials meet for a high-level economic dialogue in Washington Wednesday, the administration sources told Reuters. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Sunday that Washington would crank up pressure on China to ensure it implements sanctions over the missile test.

USA website 38 North, a website that specialises in North Korea analysis, said the communist nation may have stepped up production at the main nuclear complex in Yongbyon, north of the nation's capital.

North Korea's state media didn't immediately respond to South Korea's proposals.

Maruyama urged all countries to implement United Nations sanctions and called on China and Russian Federation to use their influence to play "an even more constructive role" with North Korea.

"Yes, more sanctions", Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told reporters on Monday, adding however that that wouldn't be enough. "So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!" "Ninety percent of the economy of North Korea depends on China".

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