South Korea braces for another possible missile test by the north

"The global community must unite in applying the greatest possible pressure on North Korea", Abe said just four days after Pyongyang staged its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date, which it described as a "perfect success". Pyongyang's relentless pursuit of nuclear arms has raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula and beyond.

South Korea says it expects another North Korea intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch "on September 9", according to the country's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon.

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

Putin, speaking in China on Tuesday, condemned the latest nuclear test as provocative, but said that Russian Federation views sanctions on North Korea as "useless and ineffective".

The nuclear test came only five days after the launch of a ballistic missile that flew over northern Japan on August 29.

"Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programme is a crude violation of UN Security Council resolutions, undermines the non-proliferation regime and creates a threat to the security of northeastern Asia", Putin said at a joint news conference.

After the meeting, Abe and Moon issued a statement saying "now is the time to further increase sanctions and pressures against the North as much as possible rather than seeking dialogue", according to Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

As the two sides remain far apart in their stance on sovereignty over the islands, they would need to find a way to conduct the activities that does not compromise their respective positions or create legal problems.

Today Putin repeated his calls for world leaders to "work together" to bring about the denuclearisation of North Korea.

South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty. "Vladimir, why don't the two of us fulfill that responsibility?" Asked about possible USA military action, the president said "That's not our first choice, but we'll see what happens". Flying there is meant to make the trip easier for the elderly former islanders.

"Our Korean partners seek to develop trade and economic relations".

"Russia and Japan have made considerable progress over the past year, which we had been unable to make over the past 70 years", he said.

The two presidents met on the sidelines of an economic forum in Vladivostok.

Abe also invited Moon to a trilateral meeting between China, Japan and South Korea in Tokyo and Moon said he would be happy to attend if such a summit happened.

The leaders will also arrange Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono's visit to Russian Federation in November and December, while Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov, commander-in-chief of the Ground Forces, and Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russian Federation, are also scheduled to visit Japan in the same months, respectively, for security and defense talks, the official said.



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