Japan’s Abe agrees with Putin North Korea nuclear test threatens peace

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described as “historic” recent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Abe said they had agreed to cooperate at the United Nations, and Putin once again reiterated his line that “only diplomacy and political means” can resolve the crisis.

While Japan, South Korea and the United States are spearheading efforts to tighten the net around North Korea over its nuclear development program, Russian Federation is refusing to budge from its insistence that dialogue is the only option.

“It’s impossible to scare them”, Putin said of North Korea. Moon responded that he agreed it is “time to put maximum pressure” on Pyongyang.

“President Moon only repeated the words ‘tentative deployment, ‘” Rep. Kang Hyo-sang, spokesman for the conservative LKP, said in a briefing.

“Japan will take the lead to strengthen pressure on North Korea with the global community”, Abe told a meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday.

Mr. 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 THAAD system in rural Seongju.

South Korean officials said they continued to monitor for radioactive fallout from the test and for signs of preparations for more activity as they pushed for a stronger global response. Yet when Putin talked about the US-North Korea nuclear standoff in a press conference on Thursday night, his assessment of the situation matched far more closely with what you hear from US experts on North Korea than anything that the Trump administration has said. The yen strengthened on Lee’s remarks.

On Tuesday, Putin warned of a global catastrophe unless a diplomatic solution was reached over North Korea, rejecting United States calls for more sanctions as “useless” widening the split between major powers over how to rein in Pyongyang.

A protest in Seongju, South Korea, opposes the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in this still image taken from a September 7 social media video.

Two launchers had already been deployed.

Bloomberg’s Isabel Reynolds reports on the latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

And UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned against “confrontational rhetoric”, urging world powers to come up with a single strategy to address the crisis.

Seoul’s defense ministry nonetheless confirmed Thursday that it had approved the installation of four more THAAD launchers, according to South Korea’s Joongang Daily.

Sanctions on North Korea have been tried, and failed.

More than 30 people were hurt when about 8,000 police broke up a blockade near the site by about 300 villagers and members of civic groups opposed to the THAAD deployment, fire service officials said. Abe again emphasized the government’s conventional stance that the issue has been settled under the 1965 Japan-South Korea agreement on property and claims.

There were 2.3 million fewer Chinese tourists in the five months through July from the same period a year ago.

Last week, Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile that flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido. It’s different from conventional defense missiles, which seek to get close to a target and self-detonate to damage or deflect the threat.

A US-drafted resolution includes a proposal to freeze North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s assets and an oil embargo.

Russian Federation has rebuffed U.S. calls for new United Nations sanctions while Washington has promised its allies advanced weaponry.

SANCTIONS AND ISOLATION A total trade shutdown aside, the USA has worked for years to squeeze Pyongyang financially and encouraged others to do the same – especially China. “We all know how this happened and people in North Korea remember well what happened in Iraq”. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke for 45 minutes Wednesday.

USA ally Britain backed the U.S. call for stronger sanctions. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said if war broke out, there would be heavy civilian casualties in the first few days before the USA could mitigate the North’s ability to strike Seoul.

Korean Central News Agency  Korea News Service via AP