Russia, Japan 'decisively condemn' North Korea missile launch - Putin

Russia, Japan 'decisively condemn' North Korea missile launch - Putin

Russia, Japan 'decisively condemn' North Korea missile launch - Putin

Tensions are running high near a former golf course in Seongju, South Korea, as news reached anti-THAAD activists that four additional launchers of the USA missile defense system are to be deployed early Thursday.

Amid escalating tensions in the Korean Peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday asked his Russian counterpart's cooperation in urging the worldwide community cut off crude oil supplies to the North Korean regime.

"We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner", Putin said in a news conference after meeting with Moon.

"We estimate this was far bigger than previous nuclear tests", Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.

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Both Russia and China have urged the US and North Korea to consider the double-freeze initiative devised by Moscow and Beijing, which would see Pyongyang suspend its nuclear and ballistic missile tests in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korea military drills.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two launchers been operational at the site, on a former golf course.

On September 3, North Korea officially announced a successful test of a hydrogen bomb that could be used as a warhead for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Putin said he and Abe discussed the prospect of a peace treaty ending World War Two hostilities.

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

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"(Moon) is considering a message (to the public) regarding THAAD deployment", a high level Cheong Wa Dae official said.

"We are nervous and frightened, but we will fight to the end and win", said activists, many of them senior citizens and long-term rural residents of North Gyeongsang Province.

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As for the North Koreans, their official news agency on Friday said the country's "nuclear weaponization. has reached its final phase".

"The idea that some have suggested a so-called "freeze for freeze" is insulting", USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday.

Russian Federation and China both share a border with North Korea.

"North Korea has posed a challenge to the worldwide community, turning into an unprecedented, serious and urgent threat", Abe said, recalling that on August 29 Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile that flew over Japan's territory.

Abe also said the December 2015 agreement reached between Japan and South Korea to resolve the "comfort women" issue should be implemented.

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North Korea has shown no signs of changing its tone or ambitions. American strategists regard domination of the vast Eurasian land mass as the key to U.S. global hegemony and China as the chief obstacle to that goal.

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