Putin says sanctions, pressure alone won't resolve North Korea crisis

Gwen Vasquez
September 12, 2017

Washington, Sep 5: After North Korea's latest nuclear test, the US President Donald Trump discussed with leaders of Germany, South Korea and Japan and reaffirmed the importance of close coordination on the issue at the UN.

Vladimir Putin has warned against making military threats against North Korea, saying it could lead to "a global, planetary catastrophe".

South Korean officials say THAAD will strengthen the country's missile defenses, which now rely on Patriot-based systems, and will deter North Korea, which has missiles that can be fired from road-mobile launchers or submarines.

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

A White House provided readout of Trump's call with South Korean President Moon Jae-In hinted that the announcement was forthcoming.

According to a United Nations draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday, the United States wants the United Nations to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban the country's exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers as part of new sanctions on the North.

Correction: a previous version story wrongly attributed the headline quote to the South Korean defense minister, not the prime minister. Even more worrisome than China's retaliation, though, is the fact that this THAAD deployment makes it much tougher to get the kind of cooperation from Beijing and Moscow that is so important to resolving the North Korean nuclear and missile issues.

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The Russian leader has been unusually outspoken about North Korea and how the global community should respond in the wake of that country's sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

He said sanctions against North Korea are "useless and ineffective" and suggested the world offer security guarantees to Pyongyang. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on August 22, 2017, held out the promise that the time was now ripe for direct talks with North Korea. According to reports, North Korea-Russia trade, which mainly consists of fuel, doubled from a year ago to come in at over $31 million in the first quarter of the year.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers, but only two have been operational so far at the site in rural Seongju.

Outside the presidential office of South Korea, scores of civilians against the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interception system gathered on Friday afternoon.

The Defence Ministry pointed out that the installation is provisional and a permanent deployment would follow only after the study has been completed. One of the North's major oil suppliers (together with China), Russia has recently increased its trade with North Korea noticeably.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as "provocative". But cooperation is extremely hard given the ongoing investigations into Trump's ties to Russian Federation and the USA sanctions for Russia's interference in the 2016 election, which have triggered a tit-for-tat diplomatic battle. Putin said that Russian Federation would sue the USA over the closure, an action that was confirmed later by the Kremlin.

Japanese lawmakers are demanding tougher United Nations sanctions on North Korea, after it conducted a sixth nuclear test over the weekend. Abe is due to meet Putin separately later today.

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