China has agreed the United Nations Security Council should take further action against North Korea after its latest nuclear test, while continuing to push for more dialogue to resolve the crisis on the Korean peninsula.
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The US wants the UN Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean labourers abroad and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
Pressure from Washington has ratcheted up since North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday.
That test, along with a series of missile launches, showed Pyongyang was close to achieving its goal of developing a powerful nuclear weapon that could reach the US.
US President Donald Trump has urged China to do more to rein in its neighbour, which has pursued its weapons programs in defiance of UN sanctions and international condemnation.
China said on Thursday it hoped North Korea refrained from further challenging the international consensus.
"Given the new developments on the Korean peninsula, China agrees that the UN Security Council should make a further response and take necessary measures," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters, without elaborating.
Amid the rising tensions, Seoul installed the four remaining launchers of the US anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on a former golf course in the south early on Thursday.
Two launchers had already been deployed.
More than 30 people were wounded when about 8000 South Korean police broke up a blockade of about 300 villagers and civic groups opposed to the THAAD system deployment.
The decision to deploy the THAAD system has drawn strong objections from China, which believes its radar could be used to look deeply into its territory and will upset the regional security balance.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke at a regional meeting in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok and agreed to try to persuade China and Russia to cut off oil to North Korea as much as possible, according to South Korean officials.
The European Union's foreign and defence ministers will discuss further sanctions for North Korea on Thursday, the bloc's top diplomat said before an EU ministers' meeting in the Estonian capital.
However, sanctions have so far done little to stop North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with Trump.
South Korean Marines wrapped up a three-day firing drill on Thursday aimed at protecting its islands just south of the border with North Korea, while the air force will finish up a week-long drill on Friday.
North Korea says it needs to develop its weapons to defend itself against what it sees as US aggression.