Putin: North Korea will 'eat grass' before giving up nukes

The closing of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco has been a part of the US-Russia diplomatic spat

The closing of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco has been a part of the US-Russia diplomatic spat

North Korea's main ally, China, has condemned Pyongyang's nuclear tests, as has Russian President Vladimir Putin.

If Russia really wants economic development in the Far East, it must remove the biggest obstacle: nuclear threats from the North. Putin must keep in mind that resolution of the crisis will surely help Russia's national interests.

Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of weapons tests, the latest a detonation Sunday of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Crisis on the peninsula will not be defused by sanctions and pressure alone, he said.

Dozens of people were injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police Thursday as the US military added more launchers to the high-tech missile-defense system it installed in a southern town to better cope with North Korean threats.

The resolution drafted by the United States includes a ban on country's exports of textiles which are the second largest export material of North Korea after minerals and earns around $752 million per annum.

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

Ahead of his meeting with Putin, Moon said the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the event said that he is neither Trump's wife nor husband.

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The statement says both leaders stressed that the worldwide community has condemned North Korea's "provocations".

There were 2.3 million fewer Chinese tourists in the five months through July from the same period a year ago.

The South Korean leader sought to win global support for what he called the most powerful sanctions against the North so that the impoverished nation will have no choice but to come to the dialogue table.

The bid for the toughest penalties yet against North Korea comes despite renewed warnings against such moves by the leaders of China and Russian Federation, which have veto power in the Security Council.

Putin said that, as an incentive to freeze its weapons programmes, North Korea was being offered the prospect of an end to sanctions.

He said "because of North Korea's continued provocation, Japanese and Korean people are starting to worry a lot". The communist state has also staged nine missile tests since the new South Korean leader took office in May.

South Korea's Defence Ministry said the four remaining batteries of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system would be deployed on a golf course in the south of the country on Thursday. The move has already drawn a rebuke from China, which says Thaad could upset the regional security balance and be used against its own missile systems.

"As far as I know, no [he hasn't]", Ushakov said, responding to a question from a journalist on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok on Thursday.

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