S. Korea braces for another possible N. Korea missile test

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting over N Korea
Amid diplomatic row, Putin denies disappointment with Trump: 'He is not my bride. I am not his groom.'
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11 September, 2017

But Putin said more sanctions are not an answer and would only cause hardship for the North Korean people.

Resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis is impossible with sanctions and pressure alone, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday after meeting his South Korean counterpart, adding that the impact of cutting oil would be worrying.

China voiced its displeasure over plans to install U.S. anti-ballistic missile defense systems, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in Seongju, about 300 kilometers south of Seoul.

The Russian leader has been unusually outspoken about North Korea and how the global community should respond in the wake of that country's sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their summit talks in Vladivostok, Russia, Sept. 7.

Mr Putin said he believes US President Donald Trump's administration is willing to defuse tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Moon, making the comments at a joint media conference with Putin after a meeting in Russia, said the Russian president expressed his full support for South Korea's efforts to handle issues related to North Korea.

The North conducted its sixth nuclear test a week ago - saying it was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted into a missile - sparking worldwide condemnation and calls for further measures to force an end to the perilous stand-off.

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His foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that North Korea could have the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the USA and even Europe "within months".

"Russia believes that Pyongyang's aim is not to bomb anyone, that its [nuclear programme] is a deterrent against South Korea and the U.S.", explains Alexander Gabuev of the Moscow Carnegie Centre. But South Korean officials say the next launches could be conducted at angles close to operational as the North would seek to test whether the warheads survive the harsh conditions of atmospheric re-entry and detonate properly.

Putin however reiterated that pressure on the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang would not work.

Mogherini said the bloc should align itself with the latest UN Security Council resolution, but also impose its own series of sanctions against Pyongyang, which wouldn't require the backing of China and Russian Federation. The North this weekend exploded its strongest-ever nuclear weapon and in July tested a pair of intercontinental ballistic missiles that might soon be able to threaten the entire American mainland.

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"I would prefer not going to the route of the military but it is certainly something that could happen", Trump said. "But I can tell you North Korea is behaving badly and it's got to stop", he said.

North Korea's minister of external economic relations, who is at the forum, said his country will "respond to barbaric attempts to exert pressure by the U.S. by our strong countermeasures", according to the Russian state-run news agency Tass. In fact, Russian Federation believes it is not North Korea that threatens its security, but the United States' growing military might in Northeast Asia.


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