Speaking at an economic forum in Russia's eastern port of Vladivostok, Putin said Thursday he believes the Trump administration is "willing to resolve the situation".
This is the driving force behind Moscow opposing the deployment of the cutting-edge Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system by USA military forces in South Korea, and expressing concern Japan was considering installing the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system. It ordered travel agencies to stop selling tour packages to South Korea and took steps against Lotte Group, one of South Korea's largest family-run conglomerates, which offered up the land that hosts Thaad's missile battery.
North Korea has recently sped up its weapons development program, drawing strong condemnation from the global community and a demand for the United Nations to toughen sanctions against the hermetic country. Even the Blue House press corps here learned that President Moon will be releasing a written explanation of his decision swiftly deploy the remaining four launchers of the U.S. THAAD unit just minutes before it was made public.
In addition, the order was issued citing rising nuclear and missile threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which tested what it called a hydrogen bomb warhead earlier this month and what it claimed was a ballistic missile with intercontinental capability in July.
China is a veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, as well as North Korea's main trading partner and source of food and fuel aid.
"It's impossible to scare them", Putin said of North Korea. Beijing says the system's powerful radars will be able to monitor flights and missile launches deep inside northeastern China.
Putin calls sanctions against North Korea useless
South Korea has claimed that the North is making preparations for another ICBM test . North Korea has previously threatened to launch missiles toward Guam.
Gallup Korea said the poll was carried out from September 5 to 7. Six police officers and 32 other people were injured, none seriously, in the clashes, said a fire department official in Seongju who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.
American soldiers take the cover off launchers at the site of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province on Thursday.
Protesters scuffled with armoured riot police as they attempted to block the road where US Forces Korea were transporting four additional THAAD missile interceptor launchers to a base in Seongju, around 300 km south of Seoul. The two countries have been at loggerheads over South Korea's decision to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), which has a powerful radar that can probe deep into China.
Moon temporarily halted the THAAD installation for environmental reviews to ease residents' concerns.
Sweden has had diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973.
Experts believe that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be readying the launch of yet another intercontinental ballistic missile, sending a message that the country not only has a powerful nuclear weapons like the one tested last weekend, but also the means to deliver them to the U.S.