Korea president says THAAD deployment inevitable but temporary

Vladimir Putin speaks during his news conference in Xiamen Fujian province China on Tuesday Sept. 5 2017. Putin has called for talks with North Korea warning against

A day after predicting "global catastrophe" if North Korea's nuclear tests lead to anything other than talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the situation may be "impossible" to resolve.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in defended the government's decision to fully deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system here Friday, saying it was an inevitable decision to protect his people from evolving nuclear and missile provocations from North Korea.

Trump's statement came after North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, sparking global alarm with what was by far its most powerful test to date.

Putin said Pyongyang would not end its nuclear and missile programs because it viewed them as its only means of self-defense.

The statement says both leaders stressed that the worldwide community has condemned North Korea's "provocations". Ms Kang told parliament that her nation is working with the United States for the "strongest" measures against North Korea.

Seoul also conducted a drill simulating an attack on its northern neighbor, as the United States said it will increase missile defense for South Korea.

Speaking at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China, Putin also criticised American diplomacy in the crisis and renewed his call for talks, saying North Korea would not halt its missile testing programme until it felt secure. South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Wednesday it was still expecting more activity from the North.

Putin also commented on the planned supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine by the U.S., saying that the worldwide consensus was that "supplying arms to zones of conflict does not help reconciliation and can only make the situation worse". He said he saw no difference with the USA on the principle that the North Korean nuclear issue should be resolved through talks.

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The proposal, which also calls for freezing the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been circulated to the 15 members of the Security Council, according to the diplomat, who asked not to be identified discussing internal deliberations.

But on Thursday, after days of talks with regional leaders and officials, Putin struck a more optimistic note, saying Russian Federation could see that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to defuse tensions around North Korea.

On Tuesday, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said after a conversation with her Chinese counterpart that she believed Beijing "could be open to more sanctions".

The Security Council has imposed seven sets of sanctions on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006, though Pyongyang has repeatedly found ways to circumvent the measures.

Moon said his nation was increasing pressure on Pyongyang in the hope of achieving a diplomatic and peaceful resolution to the crisis.

China accounted for 92 per cent of North Korea's trade in 2016, according to South Korea's government.

Subject to the consent of both parties, the mandate would be given for deployment along the disengagement line and a complete pull-back of heavy weapons, the Russian president said.



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