Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Putin, Moon See Trump as Willing to Defuse North Korea Crisis

Putin, Moon See Trump as Willing to Defuse North Korea Crisis

The unexpected move prompted massive protests in Seongju, the host county of the US missile defense system, located some 300 kilometers south of Seoul.

The deployment of Thaad "does not help addressing the security concerns of relevant countries", Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry, said at a briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.

In a previous statement this week, Macron called on the European Union to tighten the sanctions against North Korea, in addition to the U.N. Security Council's response.

The South Korean president earlier noted Pyongyang had been forced to agree to six-nation negotiations on ending its nuclear ambitions when China, host of the six-way talks, temporarily shut off its oil pipelines to the North.

"We decisively condemned North Korea's launch of a medium-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan's territory on August 28, as well as the new nuclear tests conducted on September 3", Putin said in a statement.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that four launchers and construction equipment will be moved to the former golf course where the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system has been set up.

Seonju residents and activists have raised worries over rumored health hazards and the possibility of being targeted by North Korean attacks.

Moon also met with his Mongolian counterpart Khaltmaagiin Battulga to discuss various issues, including the countries' joint efforts to prevent additional provocations by North Korea. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

Opposition to THAAD has been fierce both within South Korea and without.

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The country tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and analysts said the flight data from the launches indicate the missiles could cover a broad area of the continental U.S., including major cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, when perfected.

"We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner", Mr Putin said at a press conference after a meeting on the sidelines of a conference on economic development of Russia's Far East, in the port city of Vladivostok.

The demand contradicted the stance of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has dismissed South Korea's calls for further sanctions.

The bid for the toughest penalties yet against North Korea comes despite renewed warnings against such moves by the leaders of China and Russian Federation, which have veto power in the Security Council.

The U.S.is circulating a draft resolution at the United Nations that would bar crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation's exports of textiles and prohibit employment of its guest workers by other countries, according to a diplomat at the world body. Ahead of his meeting with Abe, Moon said that the North's continuing weapons tests have created a "serious and urgent threat unseen before".

Putin pointed out that he had discussed the North Korean issue with the leaders of Japan and North Korea.

"There is nothing more foolish than thinking we, a strong nuclear state, will endure this evil pressure aimed at overthrowing our state", the North's official news agency said in a commentary.

The North is just coming off its most powerful nuclear test to date in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its ICBMs that have been flight-tested twice. Abe is due to meet Putin separately later in the day.

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