Moon presses Putin over North Korea oil supplies

"Such North Korea's nuclear challenges violate the UN Security Council resolutions", the Russian president has said.

Moon urged Russian Federation to back stronger sanctions including the cutting off oil supplies, but Putin expressed concern that such moves would hurt regular North Koreans, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's chief press secretary.

First on the itinerary for the four-months-old South Korean president: An exclusive one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

World powers are scrambling to respond to the latest advance in North Korea's rogue nuclear weapons programme, which has sent global tensions soaring.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will meet Putin in Vladivostok on Thursday, said before his departure from Japan that "we must make North Korea understand there is no bright future for the country if it pursues the current path".

He said they shared the view that the North's nuclear issue should be resolved quickly to realize the "infinite potentials" of the Korean Peninsula and the Far East region.

Moon said Wednesday that the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped.

South Korea says the US military will begin adding more launchers to a contentious high-tech USA missile defense system in South Korea on Thursday to better cope with North Korean threats. The missile systems, "Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad)" was on the verge of installation at a golf course in the village when the protest began.

Putin told that the sanctions and pressures upon the Pyongyang regime could not solve the North Korean crisis, considering that dialogue is the only solution for a peaceful resolution of the crisis, writes the South Korea's Yonhap agency.

According to South Korea media, a protest which degenerated into a clash with police officers has erupted in the Seong-Ju village of South Korea about 300km to Seoul rendering 38 people injured including six policemen, the Guardian reports.

An intergovernmental working group will also be set up to promote the activities, with officials from foreign, trade, health and environment ministries taking part from Japan, it said.

  • Joey Payne