Putin says solving North Korea crisis without diplomatic tools is 'impossible'

Putin says solving North Korea crisis without diplomatic tools is 'impossible'

Putin says solving North Korea crisis without diplomatic tools is 'impossible'

North Korea has turned into an unprecedented threat and should be forced to give up all its programs on developing nuclear weapons, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's Vladivostok.

"Without political and diplomatic tools, it is very hard to shift the situation" on the Korean peninsula, Putin said at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Wednesday.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on Sunday, detonating a device that it claimed was a hydrogen bomb created to be carried by a long-range missile capable of reaching mainland United States.

Putin refused to directly criticise Donald Trump, but said it was preposterous for Washington to ask for Moscow's help after sanctioning Russian companies accused of violating North Korea sanctions.

Putin made the remarks Wednesday after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Vladivostok, Russia.

Moon, who took office this year advocating a policy of pursuing engagement with North Korea, has come under increasing pressure to take a harder line.

Other measures could include preventing North Koreans from working overseas and adding top officials to a blacklist aimed at imposing asset freezes and travel bans.

South Korea says the USA military will begin adding more launchers to a contentious high-tech US missile defense system in South Korea on Thursday to better cope with North Korean threats.

"We had deep exchanges over the imminent threat posed by North Korea".

"It would be very hard - actually, impossible", Mr Putin told reporters.

President Donald Trump and the USA top diplomat at the U.N., Nikki Haley, have both repeatedly stated that the time for talking is over.

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Putin also called for the re-implementation of global law and dialogue among concerned parties over the North Korea issue.

According to Japanese officials, Abe told Moon that the situation calls for exerting pressure at an unprecedented level on Pyongyang, and expressed a desire to deepen three-way cooperation between Japan, the US and South Korea to address the current escalated tensions in Northeast Asia.

"I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States", the American president said on Twitter.

North Korea says it needs to develop its weapons to defend itself against what it sees as US aggression.

Early on Monday, around 8,000 South Korean police gathered in the village of Soseong-ri, along the only road that leads up to the golf course, to break up a blockade of around 300 villagers and civic groups opposed to THAAD.

The U.S. began installing the THAAD system under South Korea's previous government.

South Korea's Defense Ministry couldn't immediately confirm when the four launchers added on Thursday will be operationally capable.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned that it "can only severely damage the strategic security balance in the region", harm the strategic interests of other countries such as China and cause further antagonism on the Korean Peninsula.

Asian stocks fell on Wednesday after a slide on Wall Street overnight while the dollar was on the defensive with Korean tension showing few signs of abating.

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that North Korea's recent nuclear test appears to have triggered several landslides, according to what are believed to be the first satellite images of the aftermath.

Japan upgraded its assessment of the North Korean test to 160 kilotons from 120 kilotons after the size of the quake it generated was revised to magnitude 6.1.

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