North Korea should learn from fall of Saddam Hussein, Putin says

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor- seen here being test-fired in Alaska earlier this year- is intended to offer a new layer of defence against North Korean missiles

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor- seen here being test-fired in Alaska earlier this year- is intended to offer a new layer of defence against North Korean missiles

In a sign of the worldwide stakes over Pyongyang's latest test, China said on Thursday that it had lodged a diplomatic protest with South Korea over its increased deployment of a USA anti-missile system to counter the North Korean threat.

North Korea last week fired n ICBM test over the Japanese mainland in what it said was preparation for a strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Meanwhile, Putin told his Moon that Russian Federation does not recognize a nuclear North Korea.

"We have supplies of 40,000 tonnes of oil and oil products to North Korea a quarter", Putin said during a briefing after a BRICs summit in China.

But sanctions and pressure alone will not curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions, Putin said.

The Moon administration's attitude towards THAAD became more positive after two North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

North Korea says it needs its weapons to protect itself from USA aggression.

"There's no other path except for a peaceful, diplomatic resolution of the North Korean nuclear problem", Putin said.

Protestors scuffled with riot police as they tried to block the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in southern South Korea
North Korea should learn from fall of Saddam Hussein, Putin says

Following Pyongyang's test on Sunday, Abe spoke to Putin over the phone, and reminded him of the important role Russian Federation can play as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in reigning in North Korea. "Only when the two are put together can it unlock the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula", Wang said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will discuss the North Korean crisis with US President Donald Trump later Wednesday.

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.

Echoing Abe's appeal, South Korea President Moon Jae-in also voiced the desire of keeping the pressure of sanctions on the DPRK.

His comments followed a terse UN Security Council meeting on Monday at which the U.S. warned the approach of imposing "incremental" sanctions against the secretive nation had not worked.

A top North Korean diplomat warned on Tuesday his country is ready to send "more gift packages" to the US.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday said the USA will answer any threat from the North with a "massive military response". "But our country's patience is not unlimited".

The leaders of South Korea and Japan on Thursday repeated their calls for stronger action to punish North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies, as they met in eastern Russian Federation.

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