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South Korea moves to boost weaponry amid threats from North

South Korea moves to boost weaponry amid threats from North”

Tensions between the US and North Korea have been escalating.

"Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programme is a crude violation of UN Security Council resolutions, undermines the non-proliferation regime and creates a threat to the security of northeastern Asia", Mr Putin said at a joint news conference.

Moon earlier underscored the need to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully through negotiations, but said now was not the time for dialogue.

Tension has been growing as the country continues development of nuclear weapons, continually violating sanctions placed upon it by the United Nations. Russian Federation is a permanent member of the Security Council and has veto power.

"The US is terribly mistaken if it thinks it can frighten or persuade Pyongyang by talking about "all options" on the table and imposing the toughest sanctions and pressure", the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement released late Tuesday by state news agency KCNA.

China accounted for 92 per cent of North Korea's trade in 2016, according to South Korea's government.

Moon had left his offer of talks open as long as the North refrains from further provocations, and some key officials even argued that South Korea should downscale joint military drills with the US and ease sanctions if the North halts provocations.

Two ICBM launches and one nuclear test later, his government is ramping up its defenses, with some officials even considering asking the United States to bring back tactical nuclear weapons a generation after their removal from the Korean Peninsula.

The comments came after a top North Korea's ambassador to the UN, Han Tae Song, warned his country is ready to send "more gift packages" to the US.

Meanwhile Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that he wants North Korea to understand it has "no bright future" if it continues on its current path, and that the reclusive country needs to change its policies.

The North's latest and sixth nuclear test is believed to have been its most powerful nuclear test so far. Pyongyang may soon flawless an intercontinental ballistic missile that can target the USA mainland.

"President Putin and I agreed that resolving the North Korean nuclear issue at the earliest date possible is the most important task", the South Korean leader said of his bilateral talks with the Russian president in the Russian far eastern city of Vladivostok.



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