Japan PM warns N.Korea against continuing nuclear program


South Korean President Moon Jae-in says more launchers were added to a contentious high-tech missile defense system because his country faces an unprecedented security threat from North Korea.

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

Putin said that North Korea won't agree to end its nuclear program in return for easing sanctions.

The statement says both leaders stressed that the worldwide community has condemned North Korea's "provocations". "Do you think they will be ready to abandon it all?"

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. "But I can tell you North Korea is behaving badly and it's got to stop".

Sweden has had diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973. Its sixth nuclear test on Sunday prompted the U.S. to speak about a "military response" and South Korea to conduct major military exercises. But after North Korea's two test-launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, he allowed more launchers to be set up before the reviews are conducted. The yen strengthened on Lee's remarks.

But North Korea firing a ballistic missile thousands of miles across the globe could have disastrous consequences if not executed properly.

Moon also expressed regret over clashes between protesters and police that left dozens injured Thursday when the USA military added the four launchers to the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System in rural Seongju.

Bloomberg's Isabel Reynolds reports on the latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned this week that further THAAD deployment "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.

On coming to power in May, Moon opposed the early installation of the shield.

Asked if he was considering military action against North Korea, Trump told reporters: "Certainly that's not our first choice, but we will see what happens".

Moon Jae-in with Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok on September 6.

"Russia exports very little amount of petroleum to the north which is about 40,000 tons a year".

The government decision to temporarily deploy the USA missile shield came after what it called an "informal" environmental study revealed no immediate dangers to the people or environment.

There were 2.3 million fewer Chinese tourists in the five months through July from the same period previous year.

A tactical nuclear weapon, which is created to be used against battlefield targets, generally travels across short ranges and carries a low-yield warhead.

The test drew widespread worldwide condemnation, including from allies of North Korea such as China and Russian Federation.

North Korea says it detonated a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test on Sunday. "President Xi would like to do something". The Blue House needs to pay serious attention to politicians who are calling for a reshuffle of the diplomatic and security establishment.