S. Korea president says THAAD deployment inevitable but temporary

Putin warns of'global catastrophe over North Korea impasse

South Korea has proposed cutting all crude supplies to the North in response to the latest missile test.

"The situation is very grave. It doesn't seem much time is left before North Korea achieves its complete nuclear armament", Lee told a meeting of defense ministers Thursday in Seoul.

But over the years, the military options have consistently been viewed as unworkable, owing to the sheer horror that would ensue if North Korea retaliated - as would be expected - by striking South Korea.

South Korea had deployed 6,000 police on April 26, when two THAAD launchers were delivered to Seongju, central South Korea.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon renewed its warning of a "massive" military response if it or its allies were threatened by the North.

"North Korea must fulfil all United Nations resolutions, abandon its nuclear and missile programmes", Abe said at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok.

Abe will meet Putin on Thursday.

The two leaders felt Russian and Chinese involvement was paramount and agreed to work towards that goal.

Putin said he had invited Abe to attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in 2018, "and Shinzo accepted our invitation".

Russia, China, North Korea and even South Korea have agreed to try this approach. They also say the health rumors are groundless and no such issues have been reported at other THAAD sites.

We support Moon's efforts to renew peace talks with the North accompanied by a gradual stepping up of global sanctions against North Korea if necessary, deeper Chinese involvement in bringing Kim to heel and less bombast from Trump, who sometimes sounds like he's the one "begging for war".

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes President Donald Trump's administration is willing to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

China objects to both the military drills and the deployment in South Korea of an advanced US missile defence system that has a radar that can see deep into Chinese territory.

Professor Kim said Mr Moon will seek to "pressure Russian Federation to use diplomatic efforts to defuse the situation on the Korean peninsula".

Russian Federation is also a main importer of North Korean laborers.

North Korea's peculiar dictatorship calculates that nuclear weapons represent a life insurance policy for the regime.

Apart from scaring his neighbors and rattling Washington's cage, theories abound about what North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is hoping to accomplish with his bellicose actions. South Korea's defense ministry has said the deployment is necessary due to the imminent threat from North Korea, which has launched numerous missiles since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office in early May.

Analysts said the test has made it more urgent for Seoul to deal with Pyongyang, and Seoul is eager to leverage on the Kremlin to break the nuclear impasse. Trump, who also once favored talks with Pyongyang, recently said this was "not the answer".

"It's ridiculous to put us on the same (sanctions) list as North Korea and then ask for our help in imposing sanctions on North Korea", said Putin.

Abe urged Moon to steadily uphold a 2015 deal under which the two countries agreed to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the decades-old issue, with Japan disbursing 1 billion yen ($9.1 million) a year ago to a South Korean fund to support former comfort women and their families, according to the Japanese official.

Correction: a previous version story wrongly attributed the headline quote to the South Korean defense minister, not the prime minister.



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