Abe, Moon agree to coordinate for stronger N Korea sanctions

10 September, 2017, 16:29 | Author: Patsy Dennis
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Rather, North Korea says it wants a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the U.S.as a deterrent against attack.

"They [in North Korea] view the possession of atomic weapons and missile technology as their only means of protection".

He said North Korea continues to launch ballistic missiles and it even conducted a sixth nuclear test in defiance of warnings from South Korea and the worldwide community.

US President Donald Trump said he hopes to avoid military action against North Korea but that military action is "certainly an option".

Meanwhile the European Union said it is preparing to increase its own sanctions against North Korea, as part of worldwide efforts to punish the rogue state.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the two leaders "decisively condemned" North Korean weapons tests.

North Korea fired a missile over Japan in late August, and geography dictates that Pyongyang will most likely have to do so again to complete a full-range ICBM test.

He said the United Nations should take "necessary measures", but added that sanctions and pressure should spur dialogue and negotiation between the sides toward the goal of a peaceful solution on the Korean Peninsula.

The THAAD system on a golf course in Seongju, South Korea, 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 UN Security Council's response.

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Russian Federation has a land border with North Korea less than 20 km (12 miles) long.

Protesters scuffled with armoured riot police as they attempted to block the road where US Forces Korea were transporting four additional THAAD missile interceptor launchers to a base in Seongju, around 300 km south of Seoul.

Many South Koreans who live in the small farming community where it is being deployed are also angry.

Protesters stage a rally against the deployment of an advanced US missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday. Two of the system's launchers are already operational, and the remaining four were added on Thursday amid protests by residents living near the site in South Korea.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned Korea's Ambassador to China Kim Jang-soo and "demanded South Korea and the United States stop relevant deployment procedures immediately", a ministry spokesman told reporters.

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Geng called for South Korea and the U.S. to "immediately stop the deployment process" and remove the equipment or risk exacerbating tensions on the peninsula.

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