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Japan PM Shinzo Abe warns North Korea against continuing nuclear program

11 September, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Putin, after meeting S.Korean leader, calls for talks on N.Korea crisis

In talks with Putin, Abe also hopes to get Russia's support for strengthening pressure on North Korea, which on Sunday conducted its latest in an ongoing series of ballistic missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, third from right, listens to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, fifth from left, during their meeting at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

Tensions over North Korea's nuclear program intensified this week after Pyongyang's boast Sunday that had it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a missile.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the North Korean crisis can not be solved "by sanctions and pressure alone".

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called for another round of sanctions against Pyongyang on Monday during an emergency meeting of the Security Council.

Other measures could include preventing North Koreans from working overseas and adding top officials to a blacklist aimed at imposing asset freezes and travel bans.

Its sixth nuclear test on Sunday prompted the United States to speak about a "military response" and South Korea to conduct major military exercises. It would be very hard - actually, impossible, " Putin told reporters. By comparison, China provides it with about 520,000 tonnes of crude a year, according to industry sources.

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.

He called on all North Korea's neighbours to show restraint, suggesting the bellicose rhetoric and military drills are "playing into their hands".

Sanctions have done little to stop North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with Trump, who has vowed to stop it from being able to hit the USA mainland with a nuclear weapon. Those missiles, successfully tested twice in July, have the ability to reach the United States mainland, North Korea says. "I strongly believe the Far East will become the outpost of regional prosperity and peace via the contribution and participation of South Korea's government and businesses".

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang expressed grave concerns over the planned additional installation as he urged South Korea and the U.S. to withdraw the THAAD system.

A fire department official in rural Seongju said Thursday that 38 people, including six police officers, were injured after police sent thousands of officers to remove hundreds of protesters from a road leading to a former golf course where the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System has been set up.

Seongju residents, as well as opponents from around South Korea, fear the THAAD battery will make the small town a military target, while intensifying the danger of war on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea will have no future if these tests continue, he said.

Japan upgraded its assessment of the North Korean test to 160 kilotons from 120 kilotons after the size of the quake it generated was revised to magnitude 6.1. "We estimate this was far bigger than previous nuclear tests".

The test took place underground at the mountainous Punggye-ri site.

South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday when it celebrates its founding anniversary.

"The Democratic Party should dismantle its THAAD committee immediately", Liberty Korea Party Floor Leader Rep. Chung Woo-taik said.

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