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Russian Federation and South Korea at odds over North Korea sanctions

11 September 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae In is set to visit Russia today to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to seek support for his pressure- with-dialogue approach towards North Korea.

Seoul also conducted a drill simulating an attack on its northern neighbor, as the United States said it will increase missile defense for South Korea.

The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system already installed in the South has infuriated China, but the ministry said in a statement: "Four remaining launchers will soon be temporarily deployed through consultations between South Korea and the USA to counter growing nuclear and missile threats from the North".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke at a regional meeting in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok and agreed to try to persuade China and Russia to cut off oil to North Korea as much as possible, according to South Korean officials.

"We are telling them that we will not impose sanctions, which means you will live better, you will have more good and tasty food on the table, you will dress better, but the next step, they think, is an invitation to the cemetery".

Many of them told me they still believe that reunification on the Korean Peninsula is a historical inevitability, though they admitted that no one knows how traumatic or successful it would turn out to be. "There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, apart from through peaceful dialogue".

South Korea says it expects another North Korea intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch "on September 9", according to the country's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon.

"It is not worth giving in to emotions and driving North Korea into a corner".

He's also calling for strengthening the South Korean armed forces in the face of North Korean threats, and he's in favor of still stronger United Nations sanctions.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said his country expects its northern neighbor to test-fire the type of long-range missile created to deliver a nuclear warhead to far-off places such as the United States on Saturday, an important North Korean holiday. The yen strengthened on Lee's remarks.

The latest escalation of the crisis came on Sunday when Pyongyang announced it had conducted a sixth nuclear test, which it claimed was of a hydrogen bomb.

"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", the ministry said.

THAAD will not help resolve security concerns.

Bloomberg's Isabel Reynolds reports on the latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

On coming to power in May, Moon opposed the early installation of the shield.

South Korea has carried out military drills since Sunday's nuclear test.

North Korea on Sunday conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, triggering USA warnings of a "massive military response". Two launchers had already been deployed. He warns South Korea about "appeasement", but who's appeasing whom?

There were 2.3 million fewer Chinese tourists in the five months through July from the same period a year ago. It's different from conventional defense missiles, which seek to get close to a target and self-detonate to damage or deflect the threat.

In response, Moon's office said war shouldn't be repeated and that South Korea and its allies "will pursue the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula through peace".

On Wednesday, Washington demanded an oil embargo on Pyongyang and a freeze on the foreign assets of its leader Kim Jong-Un in a dramatic bid to force an end to the perilous nuclear stand-off.

U.S. ally Britain backed the United States call for stronger sanctions.

That could have major reverberations: China is the largest trading partner of both the North and the United States.

"President Xi would like to do something". The two leaders had a "very, very frank and very strong call", he added.