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Abe, Moon agree on urging Russia, China to act on Pyongyang

Abe, Moon agree on urging Russia, China to act on Pyongyang

South Korea's defence 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.

China has once again urged the USA and South Korea to halt the deployment of a high-tech missile defense system in South Korea.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular news briefing in Beijing on Wednesday that he had no information on the drill.

Moon also expressed regret over clashes between protesters and police that left dozens injured Thursday when the USA military added the four launchers to the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System in rural Seongju.

China also strongly opposes THAAD, fearing the system's powerful radar could be used against its own military.

"I ask Russian Federation to actively cooperate as this time it is inevitable that North Korea's oil supply should be cut at the least", Moon told Putin, according to a readout from a South Korean official.

In South Korea, thousands of police officers in riot gear swarmed 400 protesters who had been occupying a road leading to the site where THAAD is installed in the rural town of Seongju.

Thousands of police were deployed near the THAAD site, located in a remote southeastern area of the country, to clear the way for the US convoy carrying the four additional launchers and other equipment.

Putin said North Korea would not give up its nuclear program no matter how tough the sanctions.

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Liu said the suspension-for-suspension proposal and dual-track approach put forward by China together with the Russian proposal of a step-by-step approach is a realistic and feasible roadmap for the settlement of the issue.

Her comments come as the federal government is considering how to evacuate the 200,000 Australians in north Asia should tensions with North Korea escalate into war.

In a previous statement this week, Macron called on the European Union to tighten the sanctions against North Korea, in addition to the U.N. Security Council's response.

Putin repeated his assertion that sanctions and pressure won't be enough to rein in North Korea.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to approve joint economic activities on disputed islands off Hokkaido, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

South Korea said on Tuesday an agreement with the United States to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile threat after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test two days ago.

The leaders of South Korea and Japan are holding talks with Putin in Vladivostok on the sidelines of a conference on economic development of Russia's Far East.

During the election campaign, Moon stated that deploying THAAD is an option if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, and if Pyongyang can not be controlled by China.

He told reporters before his departure from Japan that "We must make North Korea understand there is no bright future for the country if it pursues the current path".


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