Moon presses Putin over North Korea oil supplies

Russian president Vladimir Putin at Brics Summit 2017 in Xiamen China on Monday

South Korea's defence ministry said four additional launchers of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-missile system have been deployed on Thursday, 7 September, by the U.S. to counter threats emerging from North Korea.

"At the same time, it is clear that it is impossible to resolve the problem of the Korean peninsula only by sanctions and pressure", he said.

Following North Korea's Sunday detonation of what it claimed to be a hydrogen bomb, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Moon met in Russia Thursday to reiterate their call for an oil embargo against Pyongyang and other economic sanctions to reign in the communist nation's provocations.

Speaking at an economic forum, the Russian President said: "I am sure that things will not go as far as a large-scale conflict, especially with the use of weapons of mass destruction".

US President Donald Trump "is not my bride, and I am not his groom", Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. The explosion was said to be nearly 10 times more powerful than the country's last nuclear test a year ago.

"It is hard to deal with people who confuse Austria and Australia, but there is nothing you can do about this", he said. Putin's government recently invited the State Department's special representative for North Korea policy, Ambassador Joe Yun, to come to Russian Federation for discussions in early September about potential dialogue with North Korea. Putin expressed concern that cutting off oil supplies would hurt regular North Koreans, Yoon said. South Korea President Moon Jae-in reiterated calls for taking tougher procedures against Pyongyang, noting that it might be time to impose more strict sanctions.

The US President tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's regime had again violated worldwide law with the test of a hydrogen bomb at the Punggye-ri site, Efe news reported. The U.S. and South Korea should "immediately stop the deployment process and withdraw relevant equipment", Geng said.

Earlier on Thursday, the final parts of the American Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system arrived at a base in South Korea as hundreds of protesters thronged the area amid a huge police presence.

Several U.S. military vehicles, including trucks carrying payloads covered in black sheets that appeared to be launchers, had been seen heading toward the site.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers, but only two have been operational so far.

Leftist South Korean president Moon Jae-in opposed the further implementation of the THAAD system without further government inspection of, among other priorities, the environmental effect of installing it as a candidate. But after North Korea's two test-launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, he allowed more launchers to be set up before the reviews are conducted.

"North Korea needs to be gradually involved in regional cooperation, Russia has some specific proposals that everyone knows about, which include building a joint railway connecting the Trans-Siberian Railway and Korean railways through North Korea, as well as the development of pipeline transport and North Korea's ports to name a few", the Russian leader told the plenary meeting.