Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Economic cooperation on contested islands tops agenda of Abe-Putin talks

Economic cooperation on contested islands tops agenda of Abe-Putin talks

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

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae In is set to visit Russia today to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to seek support for his pressure- with-dialogue approach towards North Korea.

"Attempts to use unprecedented aggressive sanctions and pressure to intimidate us and make us reverse our course, are a huge mistake", Kim said.

Abe condemned Pyongyang's nuclear tests.

However, Russia has reacted coolly to the prospect of more sanctions, with Putin saying on Tuesday it was a "road to nowhere". Why are you playing along with it?

"We see the administration's desire to defuse this situation", Putin said alongside Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a forum in Vladivostok.

Putin's warnings haven't stopped the Untied States from trying to pursue a tough global response to the nuclear test, especially at the United Nations.

He urged the global community to force North Korea to immediately comply with all resolutions of the UN Security Council in full and give up all its programs on creating nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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Speaking to the press on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's Vladivostok on Wednesday, Putin said Russian Federation couldn't accept the possibility of a nuclear North Korea but acknowledged that the standoff could not be resolved by sanctions alone. The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means, before it's too late.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called for another round of sanctions against Pyongyang on Monday during an emergency meeting of the Security Council.

Still, Moon said the two leaders agree that "quickly solving" the threat posed by North Korea's escalating military provocations was critical to reducing tensions in the region.

In a speech given to the plenary session of the economic forum Thursday attended by Putin, Abe underscored the need to "put an end to the unnatural state" of the two neighbors lacking a peace treaty 72 years after World War II.

According to government officials who briefed reporters after the meeting, Abe pointed to the importance of strengthening defense cooperation between Japan, South Korea and the United States to improve deterrence.

"The situation is very grave".

"It will only severely undermine the strategic balance in the region, jeopardize strategic and security interests of the regional countries, including China, aggravate the tension and confrontation, and further complicate the Peninsular issue". "It doesn't seem much time is left before North Korea achieves its complete nuclear armament", the prime minister told a meeting of defense ministers in Seoul.

Earlier, the defense ministry here announced that the deployment of four launchers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery, in addition to the two already in operation on a US base in Seongju, 300 kilometers south of Seoul, has been completed.

Analysts say both countries, however, are also concerned that the system's advanced radar could be used to look inside their own countries or potentially even limit their own deterrent capabilities.

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