Abe's failure to convince Putin on North Korea disappointing

South Korea braces for possible new missile test to mark North's founding day

This is a stark contrast to Trump, who has said that "all options are on the table" when it comes to North Korea. "Have ever you thought about it?"

Even while approving the new installations-which are likely to irritate neighbors China and Russia-South Korean officials insisted the deployment was "provisional", as the environmental survey Moon demanded had not yet been completed before North Korea's alleged hydrogen bomb test this week.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to share Japan's grave concerns over North Korea's provocative acts as the two leaders met on September 7.

"They know it and they see nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction as the only way for them to protect themselves", Putin said Thursday.

Meanwhile, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg stated that North Korea's "reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons" demands a "united response" from the worldwide community.

However, Putin once again said that imposing tighter sanctions was not the way forward.

Russian Federation has described the draft resolution as a "little premature" and put forward a plan in which the USA and South Korea would stop major exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programmes.

The resolution, seen by USA and other media on September 6, also calls for a travel ban on Kim and a block on the country's textile exports and payments to the up to 100,000 North Korea laborers working overseas.

"It's time to get rid of all the emotions and be a thorough realist on the North Korea issue", wrote current affairs commentator Li Fang on the popular WeChat social media platform.

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"They're responding to our threats, it's tit-for-tat", Dave Kang, the director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, says.

Moon and Abe in their meeting agreed to cooperate on seeking tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea and pledged to strengthen efforts to persuade Beijing and Moscow into cutting off oil supplies to the North, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's chief press secretary.

"We believe that sanctions as pressure are only half of the key to resolving the nuclear issue". "Only when the two are put together can it unlock the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula".

"The situation is very grave".

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

The U.S. began installing the THAAD system under South Korea's previous government.

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said on Friday the country is exploring all ways to prevent the North from developing the technology to mount nuclear warheads on missiles, Efe news reported.

Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed in a telephone call on Tuesday that China must do more to persuade North Korea to cease its missile tests, a spokesman for May said. Also, the final parts of a controversial US-built missile defense system arrived at a base in Seongju, south of Seoul, greeted by throngs of protesters. But the two countries opposed any measures that could destabilize North Korea, a stance Mr. Putin reaffirmed to Mr. Moon on Wednesday.

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