Putin says solving North Korea crisis without diplomatic tools is 'impossible'


South Korea on Thursday completed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system, built by the USA, on its territory with the installation of four additional missile interceptors amid overnight clashes between residents and the security forces that left dozens injured.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says more launchers were added to a contentious high-tech missile defense system because his country faces an unprecedented security threat from North Korea.

Putin and Moon met on the sidelines of an economic summit in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok amid mounting global concerns that their shared neighbor plans more weapons tests, possibly a long-range missile launch ahead of a key weekend anniversary.

No headway could be made without political and diplomatic tools, Putin said, later telling the TASS news agency that Russian and North Korean delegations might meet at the Vladivostok forum.

"It is far bigger than past (North Korean) nuclear tests", said Onodera.

"Russia condemns North Korea's exercises, we consider that they are a provocation", he said, but added: "Whipping up military hysteria makes absolutely no sense in this situation".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was also in Vladivostok to discuss North Korea with Moon and Putin, said on Wednesday he wanted the North to understand it has "no bright future" if it continues on its current path. Two launchers and a powerful radar are already in place at the site as part of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.

The announcement follows North Korea's detonation on Sunday of its largest ever nuclear bomb, which it claims to have been a long-feared hydrogen bomb capable of being placed on a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile.

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"When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard".

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that North Korea's recent nuclear test appears to have triggered several landslides, according to what are believed to be the first satellite images of the aftermath.

The next day, however, Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said there was no change in the administration's policy on the denuclearization for the Korean Peninsula.

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.

Economic cooperation was one of the main focal points of the joint press conference between the Presidents of South Korea and Russian Federation.

Washington's military buildup is not primarily aimed at North Korea, an impoverished country that was almost entirely destroyed by the United States in the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Putin also called for the re-implementation of worldwide law and dialogue among concerned parties over the North Korea issue.

"China holds the key, the oil to North Korea flows from China".