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Russia President Vladimir Putin predicts global catastrophe over North Korea sanctions

Nellie Chapman | 10 September, 2017, 14:46

South Korean Pres. Moon Jae-in, in Vladivostok on September 6, 2017, asked Pres. Putin for help in resolving the crisis with North Korea.

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

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday said the USA will answer any threat from the North with a "massive military response".

SEOUL-While condemning North Korea over its latest nuclear test, the leaders of Russia and South Korea seemed far apart on the issue of stepping up sanctions against the country after a meeting Wednesday in the Russian port city of Vladivostok. Abe is due to meet Putin separately later in the day. The deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence system has angered not only North Korea, but also China and Russian Federation, which see the system's powerful radars as a security threat.

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.

The United States has already banned Americans from traveling to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old college student from OH who was released from North Korea in June in a coma after being detained there for more than a year.

Speaking after the meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution to the country's nuclear and missile development. Moon temporarily halted the installation after taking office to conduct more environmental reviews and ease residents' concerns.

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

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is known to be chafing under the relationship he has with the PRC which, he feels, neither respects him nor North Korea, and only supports Pyongyang in order to keep it away from possible reunification with South Korea and to keep external powers (the U.S.) from gaining a foothold, again, close to the Yalu River border between North Korea and the PRC.

He pointed to the Iran nuclear deal, which was negotiated successfully by the Obama administration but has looked fragile under Trump, saying "if the U.S. had spent even one fifth of the time and effort on the North Korean issue compared with the Iranian case, then the North Korean nuclear issue could have been resolved".