Vladimir Putin calls for talks with North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2017

The meeting, held on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, comes four days after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, which drew worldwide condemnation.

"The first should be a moratorium on new tests of ballistic missiles and an alleviation of sanctions by the USA and UN Security Council".

The North's Sunday test, which was its largest nuclear detonation, was met with worldwide condemnation, and drew a stern rebuke from Defense Secretary James Mattis who warned that any threat to the USA or its allies "will be met with a massive military response - a response both effective and overwhelming".

President Donald Trump pressed harder on potential military options in North Korea, offering billions of dollars in new American military equipment to allies in Asia and saying South Korea should use bigger conventional payloads on its missiles as deterrence, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Putin thinks that North Korea is deliberately provoking the United States.

On the occasion of the Abe-Putin summit, Japan and Russian Federation are set to exchange over 30 agreements in areas including healthcare for the elderly, postal services and cutting-edge technologies, the source said.

"At the same time, it is clear that it is impossible to resolve the problem of the Korean peninsula only by sanctions and pressure", he said on Wednesday.

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

Ahead of his meeting with Putin, Moon said the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped.

He has also publicly weighed scrapping a USA trade deal with South Korea in a bid to fulfill promises he made during the election campaign, and threatened to make South Korea pay for THAAD, even though it was Washington pushing for the system's deployment. The U.S.is weighing a number of military, economic and diplomatic responses.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers capable of firing up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two have been operational.

They also say the health rumors that have spurred local concerns about the system's powerful radar component are groundless and no such issues have been reported at other THAAD sites.

That rollout was "temporarily" completed Thursday, a spokesman for South Korea's defense ministry said, adding it was necessary to counter increased threats from North Korea.

But North Korea is just a few inches away from perfecting technologies for ICBMs following its production of nuclear bombs.

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