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Japan PM urges 'greatest possible pressure' on North Korea

11 September 2017

"Especially regarding the new East policy you are pursuing and the new defense policy I am pursuing, it makes me feel that we are dreaming the same dream", said Moon. "Our policies are designed precisely to provoke the outcome we're trying to avoid".

The tension escalated after Korea, on September 3, announced a successful test of a thermonuclear explosive that could be used as a warhead at an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Would Washington come to South Korea's aid and take on such a risk if the North shells a southern island with artillery as it did in 2010? He said on Wednesday it was inevitable oil supplies to the North would be cut and asked Putin to cooperate. "We must now adopt the strongest possible measures", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said earlier this week. They believe that threats tend to inflame the North's fears of invasion, causing them to respond with provocations and further development of their nuclear program.

The North called that test a "perfect success", and the Yonhap news agency, quoting a senior US official on condition of anonymity, reported late Friday that Washington believed the blast was likely of a hydrogen bomb.

But conservative party leaders continue to slam Moon for failing to rein in North Korea and are pushing for a redeployment of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea, an option that South Korea's defence minister said was worth reviewing.

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. "China will promote denuclearization and the maintenance of stability on the peninsula, and promote solving problems on the peninsula through dialogue and consultation".

Meanwhile, Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, claimed this week that America's North Korean strategy of sanctions and diplomacy has worked so far.

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Misri further said all issues related to the bilateral relationship would be discussed during the Prime Minister Modi's visit. The Indian government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them.

Soon after Pyongyang launched another long-range missile July 28, President Moon Jae-in ordered the temporary deployment of additional THAAD launchers.

Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, is also expected to oppose the oil embargo as he is urging other countries not to "give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner". He said he will continue strategic communication with Russian Federation to resolve it.

Supporters are giving him time because they understand Moon is in a "sandwiched" spot, and recognize that national security is the top priority from South Korea's perspective, advisers said. We have the same understanding of the situation. "On the one hand it's asking North Korea to freeze or do what it's already supposed to be doing under global law", Pinkston said.

South Korea and Japan can present no picture of apocalyptic retaliation by themselves - which adds to their current vulnerability. "Bilateral trade went down by 16 percent last year, but increased about 50 percent during the first six months of this year", Putin said.

Connecting the South's railway with Russia's Trans-Siberian Railroad, a 9,288-kilometer railway between Vladivostok and Moscow, has been an ambition of all South Korean presidents since Seoul established diplomatic relations with Moscow in 1990.

During his trip, Moon will also hold summits with Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan PM urges 'greatest possible pressure' on North Korea