Putin thinks N.Korea crisis will not go nuclear, diplomacy to prevail

Military action not first choice on Korean nuclear issue Trump

Dialogue with the North does not hold water in the current raised crisis caused by launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, a test explosion of what the North claimed to be a hydrogen bomb and threats to mount further provocations.

North Korea has previously marked key dates with displays of military power, but now its tests appear to be driven by the need to improve missile capabilities.

On Thursday morning, South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo in Vladivostok where they are attending the Eastern Economic Forum, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin. This emphatically includes in that process the revival of triangular cooperation with North Korea, reviving the effort to connect Russian Federation and China with South Korea by rail through the North, as well as other economic and political means to assure North Korea of both its security and its economic development.

He did report that a rumor was being circulated (which he discounts) that on September 9, the date of the founding of North Korea, all the North Korean leaders will be gathered for the event, and that the much-discussed "decapitation" which USA and South Korean military forces have practiced in their exercises, could take place on that date. The U.S. and South Korea should "immediately stop the deployment process and withdraw relevant equipment", Geng said.

Moon also expressed regret over clashes between protesters and police that left dozens injured Thursday when the US military added the four launchers to the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System in rural Seongju.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers capable of firing up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two have been operational.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says more launchers were added to a contentious high-tech missile defense system because his country faces an unprecedented security threat from North Korea.

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In South Korea, thousands of police officers in riot gear swarmed 400 protesters who had been occupying a road leading to the site where THAAD is installed in the rural town of Seongju.

They have raised worries over rumored health hazards linked to the system's powerful radar and the possibility that the town will become a target of North Korean attacks.

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.

Speaking after the talks with the visiting South Korean president, Putin in televised remarks urged North Korea's neighbors to support the Russian-Chinese roadmap.

Since then, the US has proposed a resolution at the UN that would include broad new sanctions on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong Un, according to a UN diplomat. "US experts have concluded that this test is basically for an early form of hydrogen bomb", the expert said.

Putin, speaking in China on Tuesday, had condemned the nuclear test as provocative, but said that Russian Federation views sanctions on North Korea as "useless and ineffective".

The statement says both leaders stressed that the worldwide community has condemned North Korea's "provocations". Abe is due to meet Putin separately later in the day.

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