Abe, Moon agree on stronger pressure on N Korea through sanctions

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While China opposed the deployment, many argue that it is an effective step to check any threat against South Korea, Japan or the USA from Pyongyang.

Vladimir Putin previously warned that cutting off oil exports to North Korea would violate humanitarian norms, signaling that Moscow would likely block USA -led efforts to impose an oil embargo on Pyongyang following its sixth nuclear test.

During the meeting, their second in less than four months, Abe was expected to seek Putin's backing to increase pressure on the Kim Jong-un regime, according to the Japanese government.

The North's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the United States was "going frantic" to manipulate the Security Council over Pyongyang's nuclear test, which it said was part of "legitimate self-defensive measures".

But he said he believed North Korea's leadership feared any freeze of its nuclear programme would be followed by what amounted to "an invitation to the cemetery".

His comments in the Estonian capital Thursday follow Pyongyang's latest and the most powerful test explosion Sunday of what it says was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Later Sunday, as he was leaving St. John's Episcopal Church, the president was asked whether he has plans to attack North Korea. "But it is true that this crisis is the most serious since our Korean War in the early 1950s", Shin told CTV's Power Play on Wednesday.

"I will put forward to ministers to work in the coming days to increase European Union autonomous sanctions", Federica Mogherini said as she arrived for a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Tallinn.

"The Chinese president said the general direction should head toward a peaceful settlement of the issue, adding that dialogue combined with a set of comprehensive measures is best for seeking a long-term solution", the agency reported.

"The worldwide community must unite in applying the greatest possible pressure on North Korea", Mr Abe said in a speech alongside Mr Putin and South Korea's Moon Jae In at an economic forum in Vladivostok.

Russian Federation has described the draft resolution as a "little premature" and put forward a plan in which the United States and South Korea would stop major exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programmes.

Putin said that North Korea won't agree to end its nuclear program in return for easing sanctions.

First off, the US doesn't have almost enough troops in the region for a sustained military campaign in North Korea.

"Myself and President Putin share a view that North Korea has gone the wrong way with its nuclear and missile program and that easing tension on the Korean Peninsula is an urgent issue", Moon said during the news conference.

North Korea might launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Saturday, as the country marks the anniversary of its founding, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Thursday. The deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system has angered North Korea but also China and Russian Federation, which see the system's powerful radar as a threat to their own security.



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