North Korea crisis can be solved with 'common sense', says President Putin

Cesar Mills
September 12, 2017

Protesters clashed with thousands of police at a South Korean village on Thursday as Seoul deployed the four remaining launchers of the US anti-missile THAAD system created to protect against mounting threats from North Korea.

"The situation is very grave".

"A special measure is urgently needed to stop their recklessness".

The THAAD system is established in South Korea with the aim of intercepting any missiles from North Korea.

Protesters scuffled with police Thursday as the United States deployed four additional launchers to complete an advanced missile defense system in South Korea. At Putin's suggestion, the two leaders then went for an unscheduled stroll along the beachfront in the Siberian port city and visited a booth promoting the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Russian Federation and China opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system, saying it has the potential of fueling an arms race.

South Korea President Moon Jae-in held discussions on North Korea with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But prominent newspapers in South Korea including the Chosun Ilbo, Hankook Ilbo, JoongAng Ilbo and Money Today, reported that Trump was referring to the South Korean government, which believed that dialogue was the only way to solve the problem. The two leaders agreed to maximize pressure on North Korea using all means at their disposal.

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But he called for dialogue and warned against other actions that could escalate the crisis.

Both Moon and Putin said on Wednesday that economic cooperation between the two Koreas and Russian Federation in the Far East could be a means to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

"Given the new developments on the Korean Peninsula, China agrees that the UN Security Council should make a further response and take necessary measures", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters.

The government of South Korea is calling for a tougher stance against Pyongyang.

His efforts have been hampered by bellicose rhetoric on all sides of the North Korean issue, and worsening relations between Seoul and Washington.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May said China should do more to deter North Korea, amid warnings that the latter could be planning more missile tests.

Putin said it was "ridiculous" that the United States first slapped Russian Federation with sanctions carried in the same bill that penalized North Korea, and "then asked us to help impose sanctions on North Korea". Trump, who also once favored talks with Pyongyang, recently said this was "not the answer".

Completion of the THAAD deployment means South Korea becoming part of the United States missile defense system, putting it on the front lines of the strategic competition between the U.S. and China.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an global summit in China, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that further economic sanctions on the North are unlikely to deter its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Other reports by GizPress

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