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South Korea on Thursday completed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system, built by the U.S., on its territory with the installation of four additional missile interceptors amid overnight clashes between residents and the security forces that left dozens injured.

A day after predicting "global catastrophe" if North Korea's nuclear tests lead to anything other than talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the situation may be "impossible" to resolve.

During their meeting Thursday in the Russian city of Vladivostok, Moon and Abe called for stronger punishing measures against the North, including an oil embargo, according to the president's office.

"It is far bigger than past (North Korean) nuclear tests", said Onodera.

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.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was also in Vladivostok to discuss North Korea with Moon and Putin, said on Wednesday he wanted the North to understand it has "no bright future" if it continues on its current path.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two launchers been operational at the site, on a former golf course.

Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of arms tests, the latest on Sunday being a detonation of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the United States mainland. Some South Koreans claim it will have negative health and environmental impacts. He sought to obscure the differences by stating that Song's comments "were meant in the sense of exploring every available option militarily and identifying a realistic approach amid the severe nuclear and missile threat, including North Korea's sixth nuclear test".

A man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump right and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul South Korea Tuesday Sept. 5 2017. The signs read “Need sanctions on Nort

South Korea and the United States said they did not rule out a possible military response to North Korea's actions.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that China remains strongly opposed to it.

The Defence Ministry pointed out that the installation is provisional and a permanent deployment would follow only after the study has been completed.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday of "begging for war" with a series of nuclear bomb and missile tests.

But after North Korea's two test-launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, he allowed more launchers to be set up before the reviews are conducted.

The White House said Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull also "confirmed that their two countries will intensify joint efforts to denuclearise North Korea".

"China holds the key, the oil to North Korea flows from China".


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