NATO wants pressure ramped up on N. Korea

Laverne Mann
September 7, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump gave his "in principle" approval to lift restriction on South Korea's missile payload capabilities, the White House said on Monday.

Amid heightened tension around the North Korean nuke tests, South Korea said it will station an additional four THAAD air defense systems in the country's United States military base, local media said.

"There is no change in the government's position to make the final decision on whether the THAAD system will be deployed (in South Korea) after carrying out the general environmental impact assessment of the entire site thoroughly and fairly", a defense ministry statement read.

Russian Federation and China are concerned over the deployment of these systems in the area.

Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday said President Moon Jae-in plans to bolster pressure and sanctions against North Korea to stop further provocations.

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"China demands that the US and South Korea respect the security interests and concerns of China and other regional countries, with an immediate stop to the deployment process and removal of the equipment", he said.

In a 20-minute phone call with Putin, Moon also urged the U.N. Security Council to review measures to cut off sources of North Korea's foreign currencies, including banning countries from importing North Korean workers. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

The ministry stressed the urgent need to mobilize the launchers amid growing threats from North Korea, which had its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday.

Russian Federation and China both share a border with North Korea. While North Korea claimed to possess a hydrogen bomb previous year, seismologists refuted the claim, suggesting that the subsequent natural disaster from that nuclear test was too small to have been the product of a pure fusion weapon. The office said Putin told Moon that North Korea's nuclear and missile programs threatening global peace and security, but emphasized finding a diplomatic solution.

Abe will meet Putin on Thursday.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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