Abe, Moon agree to coordinate for stronger N Korea sanctions

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2017

"We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner", Abe said.

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.

Putin also said he and Abe discussed the prospect of joint economic activities by their countries on the disputed Kurile islands.

This picture provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 23, 2017 shows Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), giving field guidance to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science.

That the Kim dynasty has spanned a third generation to rule over North Korea is due in no small part to the strong support shown by China for its so-called ally and territorial buffer over the years.

Putin said he and Abe discussed the prospect of a peace treaty officially ending World War Two hostilities, which has never been signed because of the territorial dispute.

A Gallup Korea survey found that 58 percent of South Koreans felt there was no possibility North Korea will cause a war, while 37 percent said they thought it would.

The United States on Friday told the U.N. Security Council that it intends to call a meeting on Monday to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear program, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said in a statement. But North Korea's ICBM launches in July prompted him to order his government to discuss deployment of the four remaining launchers at the Seongju military base, about 220 kilometers (136 miles) southeast of Seoul.

South Korea was bracing on Saturday for a possible further missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary, just days after its sixth and largest nuclear test.

The message from President Moon comes a day after a full THAAD battery was completely installed in South Korea followed by another stern protest by China. "We ultimately need talks with North Korea, but it is not the time right now to speak of a dialogue with North Korea".

THAAD deployment is a contentious issue in South Korea, where protesters have regularly demonstrated against the antimissile system.

"Military action would certainly be an option".

Protesters stage a rally against the deployment of an advanced USA missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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