US says China, Russia have leverage to stop N Korea nuclear test
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US says China, Russia have leverage to stop North Korea nuclear test

The United States believes China and Russia have leverage they can use to persuade North Korea not to resume nuclear bomb testing, according to a senior US administration official.

The United States believes China and Russia have leverage they can use to persuade North Korea not to resume nuclear bomb testing

North Korea was preparing to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017

The official, who spoke to the Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity, said that while the US had been saying since May that North Korea was preparing to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017, it was not clear when it might conduct such a test.

Pyongyang had been readying for a test

South Korea has also been warning of a seventh nuclear test for months, while the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog said last week that Pyongyang had been readying for a test. “We have a high level of confidence that they have made preparations,” the US official told Reuters.

Russia and China do what they could to dissuade Pyongyang

“We believe that they could do this … I can’t tell you ‘we think it will be this day for the following reasons,’ because we just don’t have that level of knowledge.” Washington wanted to see Russia and China do what they could to dissuade Pyongyang.

Russian and Chinese attitudes do have influence with them

“We do think that they (North Korea) are making calculations about the degree of receptivity for others in the region, I think, particularly Russia and China. And I think that the Russian and Chinese attitudes do have influence with them.”

Moscow and Beijing are among the five permanent members with veto powers

The US has asked for a public meeting of the UN Security Council, where Moscow and Beijing are among the five permanent members with veto powers, to discuss North Korea after a spate of missile launches, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that South Korea and Japan detected on Thursday.

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Strengthened over the years to try and cut off funding for its weapons programmes

North Korea is banned from conducting nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches under Security Council sanctions, which have been strengthened over the years to try and cut off funding for its weapons programmes.

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