Putin says he believes US willing to defuse Korea tensions


"The global community must unite in applying the greatest possible pressure on North Korea", Mr Abe said in a speech alongside Mr Putin and South Korea's Moon Jae In at an economic forum in Vladivostok.

Furthermore, the two leaders had agreed to scrap the weight limit and to apply the strongest sanctions and pressure on North Korea through the United Nations.

Han Tae Song, Pyongyang's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, indicated Tuesday that further North Korean missiles and nuclear tests are planned.

However, in his words, "at some point, unfortunately, someone demanded that North Korea do what it hadn't promised to do, and the situation began to slowly degrade, eventually reaching the current low level".

He also took the opportunity to lash out at the United States for closing Russian diplomatic compounds. Mintaro Oba advised senior officials in President Barack Obama's administration on key issues in U.S. -Korea relations.

John DeLury, a professor at Yonsei University in South Korea, says the meeting in Vladivostok is part of Putin's efforts to increase Russia's presence in East Asia.

South Korea's announcement of a boost to its defences came as it warned the North appeared to be preparing for further provocations.

When asked about the new U.S. proposal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a news conference that China and the Security Council need to "take necessary measures". Putin met Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of an economic summit in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok amid mounting worldwide concerns that their shared neighbour plans more weapons tests, possibly a long-range missile launch ahead of a key weekend anniversary.

Weapons of mass destruction will not be used to resolve the North Korea issue and the conflict will not expand, Russian president said answering questions by participants in the Eastern Economic Forum.

Pyongyang claimed the latest test was an advanced hydrogen bomb with the capability of being attached to an intercontinental ballistic missile.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two launchers been operational at the site, on a former golf course.

Earlier this week, South Korea pushed for a global embargo on oil exports to North Korea as the UN Security Council discusses a new round of sanctions against Pyongyang.

Without the political and diplomatic tools, it is extremely hard to move the situation around.

The bid for the toughest penalties yet against North Korea comes despite renewed warnings against such moves by the leaders of China and Russian Federation, which have veto power in the Security Council.

Putin echoed other world leaders in denouncing North Korea's latest nuclear bomb test on Sunday, saying Russian Federation did not recognize its nuclear status.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday expressed his opposition to proposals to cut off oil supplies to North Korea, Seoul's presidential office said.

The French presidency says Macron on Friday had an intensive exchange of views by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping, given the "major role" his country plays in the crisis.

A Defense Ministry official said Thursday that the completed deployment is a temporary measure to counter the North's threats.

"The idea that some have suggested a so-called "freeze for freeze" is insulting", United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday.

"When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard".