SKorea and Japan feel heat as NKorea aims nukes at US

Mikhail Klimentyev  AP

Trump has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea and on Thursday said he would prefer not to use military action, but if he did, it would be a "very sad day" for North Korea.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday agreed that the two countries will impose maximum sanctions and exert pressure on North Korea, rather than seeking dialogue, in trying to stop its nuclear and missile provocations.

In response to Sunday's test, the White House wants the UN Security Council to slap an oil embargo on North Korea as well as hitting dictator Kim Jong Un with a travel ban and freezing his assets.

China has once again urged the US and South Korea to halt the deployment of a high-tech missile defense system in South Korea.

Sanctions have not stopped North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with Trump who has vowed to stop Pyongyang from being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon.

"Myself and President Putin share a view that North Korea has gone the wrong way with its nuclear and missile program and that easing tension on the Korean peninsula is an urgent issue", Moon said during the news conference.

The Kremlin aide also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in the details of Moscow's proposals containing in the Russian-Chinese road map aimed at resolving the issue. The Japanese government intends to tenaciously continue leaning on both China and Russian Federation as it seeks to enforce the net encircling North Korea.

Russian Federation insists on holding a dialogue with North Korea.

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. Japan, the United States and South Korea should step up their cooperation in urging Russian Federation and China to intensify their pressure on North Korea to force the country to abandon its provocative acts. When talking to the media in Xiamen on Tuesday following the BRICS summit, Putin had done some plain speaking regarding North Korea.

Moreover, Russia's diplomatic service released a statement to the press on Tuesday explaining that it had taken an "extraordinary" amount of work to vacate the diplomatic buildings in question on such short notice.

This was the 19th meeting between Abe and Putin. There is, however, little love between modern Russian Federation and North Korea, Prof.

China hopes North Korea will "see the situation clearly and come to the right judgment and choice", Mr Wang said.

Opposition to THAAD has been fierce both within South Korea and without.

He told reporters 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".

He called on all North Korea's neighbours to show restraint, suggesting the bellicose rhetoric and military drills are "playing into their hands".



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