North Korea nuclear test provocative - Putin

Posted September 07, 2017

The ministry said on Wednesday that it made the decision together with the US, adding the four launchers will be deployed with USA construction equipment and resources to augment the THAAD site in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province.

The anti-missile defence systems are meant to protect South Korea from an attack from North Korea.

In response, U.S. President Donald Trump said "all options are on the table", not ruling out military action.

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While Putin reiterated Moscow's opposition to new sanctions against North Korea, he told reporters he had assured South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Moscow condemns North Korea's nuclear test and thinks it "flagrantly violates" worldwide law.

There are now two launchers at the location, a former golf course.

The Ministry of National Defence said: "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".

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On Aug. 30, a day after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan, the US military joined South Korea and Japan in a spectacular show of force against the Hermit Kingdom.

"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.

However, at a news conference in China, Mr Putin stopped short of expressing support for more United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and said Russian Federation viewed them as "useless and ineffective".

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The leaders of South Korea and Japan are holding talks with Putin in Vladivostok on the sidelines of a conference on economic development of Russia's Far East.