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Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Putin says North Korea crisis may be 'impossible' to solve

Putin says North Korea crisis may be 'impossible' to solve

The arrival of the launchers and other equipment came some 14 months after Seoul and Washington made a decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, to counter escalating North Korean threats.

The Russian President said imposing tougher sanctions on trade partner North Korea over its nuclear missile program would be counter-productive and spoke out against "military hysteria" after the United States called for the "strongest possible measures" to rein in the rogue state. "We estimate this was far bigger than previous nuclear tests".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will meet Putin in Vladivostok on Thursday, said before his departure from Japan that "we must make North Korea understand there is no bright future for the country if it pursues the current path".

More than 300 activists from Seongju and nearby Gimcheon city were outside the THAAD site, in what they say is their 41st assembly demanding the removal of all THAAD launchers, News 1 reported Wednesday.

South Korea deployed the four additional THAAD launchers to the US Forces Korea (USFK) base in Seongju early Thursday, just four days after Pyongyang launched its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

Song Zhongping, an independent defence and foreign affairs analyst, said the drill was likely unrelated to the situation on the Korean peninsula.

He said the United Nations should take "necessary measures", but added that sanctions and pressure should spur negotiation between the sides towards the goal of a peaceful solution on the Korean peninsula.

Meanwhile, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said the explosive device detonated deep under a North Korean mountain Sunday had a yield of up to 160 kilotons.

French President Emmanuel Macron is calling on the worldwide community to put more pressure on North Korea to bring the country back to the negotiating table, in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

The defense ministry said that, despite the protests, the THAAD deployment was completed.

The government has updated its travel advice for South Korea and Japan in response to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Her comments come as the federal government is considering how to evacuate the 200,000 Australians in north Asia should tensions with North Korea escalate into war.

North Korea tested two ICBMs in July that could fly about 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting many parts of the US mainland within range and prompting a new round of global sanctions against Pyongyang.

South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday, as it celebrates its founding anniversary. "China has not just influence but has numerous levers that are needed to change behaviour in North Korea", Fallon told BBC radio. American strategists regard domination of the vast Eurasian land mass as the key to United States global hegemony and China as the chief obstacle to that goal.

The White House said Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull also "confirmed that their two countries will intensify joint efforts to denuclearise North Korea".

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