Putin says North Korea crisis may be 'impossible' to solve

South Korean residents and protesters clash with police officers before the arrival of U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD in Seongju South Korea Thursday Sept. 7 2017. Seoul's Defense Ministry on Thursday

Putin says North Korea crisis may be 'impossible' to solve

South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Russian leader Vladimir Putin Wednesday that the situation on the Korean peninsula could become unpredictable if Pyongyang did not halt its "provocative actions" after its latest nuclear bomb test.

Prior to leaving for Vladivostok to participate in the Eastern Economic Forum, Abe on Wednesday said that Japan would coordinate with Russian Federation and worldwide community to make North Korea understand that there would be no future for the country if it continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions, Efe news reported.

Moon said his nation was increasing pressure on Pyongyang in the hope of achieving a diplomatic and peaceful resolution to the crisis. She urged the 15-member Security Council to impose the "strongest possible" sanctions to deter him and shut down his trading partners.

"We need to continue dialogue", Putin said, in stark contrast to the position of Japan, which has said now is not the time for dialogue in curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions. He said he saw no difference with the US on the principle that the North Korean nuclear issue should be resolved through talks.

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that North Korea's recent nuclear test appears to have triggered several landslides, according to what are believed to be the first satellite images of the aftermath. Pyongyang also conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, prompting vehement reprimands from neighbouring Japan and the United States.

A top North Korean diplomat warned on Tuesday his country is ready to send "more gift packages" to the US. Putin is attempting to take the lead in de-escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula.

On September 3, North Korea officially announced a successful test of a hydrogen bomb that could be used as a warhead for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Japan upgraded its assessment of the hydrogen bomb test to 160 kilotons from 120 kilotons after the size of the natural disaster it generated was revised to 6.1.

"Calculating based on this number, the estimated yield was 160 kilotons", Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.

Putin's warnings haven't stopped the Untied States from trying to pursue a tough global response to the nuclear test, especially at the United Nations.

United States military vehicle move as South Korean police officers try to block residents and protesters who oppose a plan to deploy an advanced USA missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in Seongju, South Korea.

He urged the worldwide community to force North Korea to immediately comply with all resolutions of the UN Security Council in full and give up all its programs on creating nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Other measures could include preventing North Koreans from working overseas and adding top officials to a blacklist aimed at imposing asset freezes and travel bans.

The deployment of Thaad "does not help addressing the security concerns of relevant countries", Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry, said at a briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also spoke with Trump and reiterated calls for China to use its leverage to bring North Korea in line.

Russia is seen to have some influence over North Korea: While China accounts for nearly 90 per cent of trade with North Korea, Russia is the North's second- largest trade partner, with bilateral trade reaching US$84 million (S$114 million) in 2015, according to South Korean statistics.

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