Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Oil embargo of North Korea would hurt civilians, says Putin

Oil embargo of North Korea would hurt civilians, says Putin

In a meeting of defense ministers, Lee said that "the situation is very grave". "A special measure is urgently needed to stop their recklessness".

Moon also expressed regret over clashes between protesters and police that left dozens injured Thursday when the USA military added the four launchers to the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System in rural Seongju.

The system, known as THAAD, was first deployed to a former golf course in the rural southern area of Seongju in April. "We will make necessary preparations to use the capability as soon as the internal procedures are completed on the USA side", defense ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told reporters Thursday.

The clashes came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia's Far East and repeated their calls for stronger punishment of North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies.

After the meeting, Abe and Moon issued a statement saying "now is the time to further increase sanctions and pressures against the North as much as possible rather than seeking dialogue".

The two leaders felt Russian and Chinese involvement was paramount and agreed to work towards that goal, Yoon said.

Today in Vladivostok, on island Russian, is the second day of the Third Eastern economic forum.

China and Russian Federation have advocated a "freeze for freeze" plan, where the United States and South Korea would stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs, but neither side is willing to budge.

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said China held the key to resolving the crisis, reiterating comments made by Prime Minister Theresa May and Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull after they spoke with Trump.

"As never before everyone should show restraint and refrain from steps leading to escalation and tensions", the Russian president added.

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

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned this week that further THAAD deployment "can only severely damage the strategic security balance in the region", harm the strategic interests of other countries such as China and cause further antagonism on the Korean Peninsula. Such a move would also draw massive condemnation by the global community.

"The president asked Russian Federation to help, noting it was imperative to at least cut off oil supplies to North Korea this time", according to Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

He pointed out that in Iraq, the entire leadership had been eliminated under a far-fetched pretext, about which North Korea remembered very well.

"Myself and President Putin share a view that North Korea has gone the wrong way with its nuclear and missile programme and that easing tension on the Korean peninsula is an urgent issue", Mr Moon said.

Seoul's Unification Ministry spokeswoman Eugene Lee said Friday that Pyongyang could potentially conduct its next ICBM tests this weekend, another North Korean holiday marking the founding of its ruling party.

South Korean protesters stage a rally against the deployment of an advanced United States missile defence system. While North Korea appeared to possess both nuclear warheads and ICBMs, the program appears to be struggling to miniaturize a warhead so that it fits onto an ICBM and has the reach necessary to strike the USA mainland.

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