Putin, Moon urge swift end to NKorea crisis

Russian President Putin attends a news conference after BRICS Summit in Xiamen

Russian President Putin attends a news conference after BRICS Summit in Xiamen

Following Pyongyang's test on Sunday, Abe spoke to Putin over the phone, and reminded him of the important role Russian Federation can play as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in reigning in North Korea.

Trump is to speak Wednesday with China's president.

To May, Trump stressed "now is not the time to talk to North Korea" and that "all options remain open to defend the United States and its allies".

But President Putin made clear that Russian Federation was opposed to further interdictions, and while China - North Korea's patron and closest political and economic partner - has yet to be drawn on the issue, it tends to resist placing pressure on Pyongyang.

Abe also said that close cooperation between Korea and Japan and among Korea, Japan and the United States is necessary to resolve the crisis.

World powers are scrambling to react to the latest ominous advance in the North's rogue weapons programme, which has sent global tensions soaring.

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

Dozens of people were injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police Thursday as the US military added more launchers to the high-tech missile-defense system it installed in a southern town to better cope with North Korean threats.

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 to better cope with North Korean threats.

Some construction would be carried out to deploy the four launchers at the site in Seongju, south of Seoul, the defense ministry said in a statement.

Moon earlier called for a ban on overseas North Korean workers, who are a key foreign currency source for the North, but Putin said problem should be solved diplomatically, according to Seoul's presidential office.

Russian Federation and China both share a border with North Korea.

No headway could be made without political and diplomatic tools, Putin said, later telling the TASS news agency that Russian and North Korean delegations might meet at the Vladivostok forum.

"Russia condemns North Korea's tests, we believe that them to be provocative", Putin stated. Russian Federation has so far refused to contemplate doing either.

Putin said that whipping up military hysteria around the North Korean crisis was counterproductive, adding that Pyongyang would not end its nuclear and missile programs because it views them as its only means for self-defense. The North says it detonated a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test on Sunday. 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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