Abe says North Korea must give up its nuclear program

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No headway could be made without political and diplomatic tools, Putin said, later telling the TASS news agency that Russian and North Korean delegations might meet at the Vladivostok forum. "We estimate this was far bigger than previous nuclear tests".

A White House readout from his phone call yesterday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explicitly declared that the United States stood ready to use "the full range of diplomatic, conventional and nuclear capabilities at our disposal". A single battery consists of six, truck-mounted launchers, 48 interceptor missiles, a fire control and communications unit, and the AN/TPY-2 radar.

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.

Asian stocks tracked Wall Street's slide overnight to slip on Wednesday, while the dollar was on the defensive with tensions in the Korean peninsula showing few signs of abating.

He said the United Nations should take "necessary measures", but added that sanctions and pressure should spur negotiation between the sides towards the goal of a peaceful solution on the Korean peninsula.

Sunday's test of what North Korea said was an advanced hydrogen bomb was its largest by far.

Chinese authorities lodged a formal complaint Wednesday with Seoul's ambassador to China, Kim Jang-soo, and on Thursday Beijing's Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling on Seoul and Washington to call off the THAAD deployment.

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The new law enforcement officers arrived in 12 buses, a move that could mean more police could be mobilized ahead of the deployment of four additional THAAD launchers.

Moreover, as the reckless and belligerent statements from Trump and his officials demonstrate, North Korea's limited nuclear weaponry and reactionary nationalist bombast will not prevent the U.S. from using its military might, including its huge nuclear arsenal, against the North Korean people.

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned North Korea for escalating tensions in the region by detonating a nuclear device, but warned that sanctions alone will not force the rogue regime to curb its weapons program, according to reports.

He has asked the United Nations to consider tough new sanctions after North Korea's latest nuclear test. The Trump administration's goal is to ram through such a resolution by September 11, the enforcement of which would largely depend on China cutting exports to the North.

Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed in a telephone call on Tuesday that China, the North's main ally and trading partner, must do more to persuade North Korea to cease its missile tests, a spokesman for May said. It is necessary to make North Korea understand this idea and make it change its policy.

While it's not clear how - and if - the North Korea issue will be resolved, the USA has flatly rejected a Chinese proposal, backed by Russian Federation, for a suspension of hostilities on both sides.