Abe And Moon Agree To Work Together For Stronger North Korea Sanctions

Marsha Scott
September 11, 2017

United States military vehicle move as South Korean police officers try to block residents and protesters who oppose a plan to deploy an advanced USA missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in Seongju, South Korea.

During a call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump also gave "conceptual approval" for South Korea to buy billions of dollars of weapons from the United States, the White House said in a statement.

Abe condemned Pyongyang's nuclear tests.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was also in Vladivostok to discuss North Korea with Moon and Putin, said on Wednesday he wanted the North to understand it has "no bright future" if it continues on its current path.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers, but only two have been operational so far.

The North carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on Sunday in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its ICBMs.

However, he had own stark message about the situation on the Korean Peninsula: "If North Korea's provocation doesn't stop here, I think could fall into an uncontrollable situation".

Washington and Seoul began deploying THAAD before a conservative South Korean government was ousted in March in a corruption scandal.

A man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump right and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul South Korea Tuesday Sept. 5 2017. The signs read “Need sanctions on Nort

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

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday of "begging for war" with a series of nuclear bomb and missile tests.

Putin also called for the re-implementation of worldwide law and dialogue among concerned parties over the North Korea issue.

The risk of a nuclear confrontation on Russia's doorstep-Vladivostok only lies about 200 miles away from the North Korean missile test site of Punggye-ri-concerns Putin, who has warned about inflammatory rhetoric and supported further dialogue.

China and Russian Federation have strenuously opposed the THAAD deployment, viewing it as aimed at bolstering Washington's military presence in the region and undermining their security interests.

The decision to deploy the four additional THAAD launchers comes amid increased threats from North Korea, which shows no signs of ending its nuclear or ballistic missile tests, warning on Tuesday that more "gift packages" are on the way if the USA continues its "reckless provocations". "China has not just influence but has numerous levers that are needed to change behaviour in North Korea", Fallon told BBC radio.

The agreement, last amended in 2012, was in the process of being changed in the wake of a series of missile tests by North Korea this year after Moon took office in May, including two intercontinental ballistic missile launches. The Trump administration's goal is to ram through such a resolution by September 11, the enforcement of which would largely depend on China cutting exports to the North.

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