Vladimir Putin calls for talks with North Korea

South Korean conservative activists and North Korean defectors attend a rally against North Korea and North's leader Kim Jong Un in downtown Seoul South Korea Friday Sept. 8 2017. South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility

Illustrating the country's hardening sentiment, South Korea says the US military will begin adding more launchers to a contentious high-tech USA missile defense system in South Korea on Thursday.

The system has a radar that can see deep into Chinese territory.

He also said it was "ridiculous" that the United States first slapped Russian Federation with sanctions carried in the same bill that penalised North Korea, and "then asked us to help impose sanctions on North Korea".

THAAD will not help resolve security concerns. With the four additional launchers installed, U.S. Forces Korea will have a fully operational THAAD battery at its base in Seongju.

The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Russian Federation to back stronger sanctions on the North, including an oil cutoff, but Putin anxious that such moves would hurt North Korea's people, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's chief press secretary.




North Korea says it detonated a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test on Sunday. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

Mr Moon, a liberal who took office in May, had initially showed a preference for a diplomatic approach on North Korea, but his government has since taken a harder stance as the North continued its pace in weapons tests.

The United States on Monday launched a bid at the UN Security Council to quickly slap the "strongest possible measures" on North Korea in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, but China and Russian Federation argued that diplomatic talks were needed to address the crisis.

"It is clear that it is impossible to solve the problems of the Korean peninsula by sanctions and pressure alone", Putin said at the economic forum in Vladivostok, following talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-In.

Abe will meet Putin on Thursday.

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