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China backs stronger sanctions on North Korea but Russian Federation resists

China backs stronger sanctions on North Korea but Russian Federation resists”

On Wednesday, Washington demanded an oil embargo on Pyongyang and a freeze on the foreign assets of its leader Kim Jong-Un in a drastic bid to force an end to the perilous nuclear stand-off.

The South Korean leader who was a noted skeptic of THAAD during his presidential campaign earlier this year and elected on a pledge to resume dialogue with North Korea elaborated that Pyongyang's continued nuclear and missile provocations have led (CG ) his government to arrive at a decision that a "temporary" deployment of THAAD could no longer be delayed to prevent war on the Korean peninsula and ensure the safety of his people.

Concerns are also mounting that North Korea is ready to carry out another nuclear test and may test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile again around key anniversaries including Saturday, the anniversary of North Korea's founding.

The South's defence ministry confirmed on Wednesday the launchers would be installed on a former golf course near Seongju City some 217km south of Seoul.

Feature image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Moon took office in May calling for a diplomatic focus, but the torrid pace of North Korea's weapons tests had hardened his government's stance.

"THAAD's deployment was a hard yet inevitable decision by the government that has the obligation to safeguard the national security and protect the lives and safety of the people in response to the sophistication of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs", Lee added in a government meeting according to Yonhap.

"The battery will be operational as soon as the United States finishes its internal procedures", Ministry spokesperson Moon Sang-gyun said at a press conference, reported Yonhap news agency. Abe is due to meet Putin separately later today.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, rejected the idea of stronger U.N. Security Council sanctions and called for talks with North Korea.

"We must now adopt the strongest possible measures", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said earlier this week.

He pointed to the Iran nuclear deal, which was negotiated successfully by the Obama administration but has looked fragile under Trump, saying "if the United States had spent even one fifth of the time and effort on the North Korean issue compared with the Iranian case, then the North Korean nuclear issue could have been resolved". "I hope to continue close coordination between Japan and South Korea and among Japan, South Korea and the United States".

Abe later met Putin at the Vladivostok conference and said they both agreed that North Korea's nuclear test was a serious threat to regional peace and a challenge to global nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Beijing says the system's powerful radars will be able to monitor flights and missile launches deep inside north-eastern China. Local health and fire officials said dozens of people suffered mostly minor injuries during the clashes.

Geng told reporters that China had complained to the USA and South Korea and urged them to "take seriously the security concerns and interests of China and other regional countries".

Russian Federation has a land border with North Korea less than 20-km long.



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