Putin calls for talks with North Korea

The first announced deal was that South Korea will temporarily allow the U.S. to deploy four additional THAAD missile defense systems in the country.

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.

Moon said Wednesday that the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped. Components of the Thaad battery arrived at the USA military's Osan Air Base on March 7, 2017 and a radar system and two launchers were installed on a former golf course in Seongju on April 26 - less than two weeks before the May 9 presidential election that brought Moon Jae-in to power.

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On Sunday, North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in further defiance against worldwide pressure over its nuclear and missile programs.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that the North Korean nuclear crisis can not be resolved by sanctions alone, and urged the global community not to push Pyongyang into a corner.

"We call on all interested parties to take a closer look at this initiative which, in our view, offers a realistic way to reduce tensions and gradually approach a settlement", Putin said on Wednesday.

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In a flurry of phone calls with world leaders, President Donald Trump took a tough line against negotiating with North Korea as the communist country's latest nuclear test exposed stark differences among worldwide leaders for containing the threat.

However, at a news conference in China, Mr Putin stopped short of expressing support for more United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and said Russian Federation viewed them as "useless and ineffective". The nation's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun published images on Sunday of Kim allegedly inspecting a nuclear warhead and claimed the bomb tested was a hydrogen fusion weapon-if so, a significant improvement in the nation's nuclear program.

The deployment comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's missile and nuclear tests.

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Abe will meet Putin on Thursday.

  • Israel Montgomery