Putin to US: Don't play along with North Korea


"It is impossible to intimidate them", said the Russian leader.

The announcement by the Swedish Foreign Affairs Ministry on Friday came hours after Mexico's government said it declared North Korean Ambassador Kim Hyong Gil as persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country within 72 hours in response to Sunday's nuke test.

The South Korean leader sought to win worldwide 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.

North Korea says it needs to develop its weapons to defend itself against what it sees as United States aggression. "But we will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea", Trump told reporters, though he offered no specifics.

The leaders' comments came hours after South Korea bolstered its defenses against North Korean rockets, with the arrival of four launchers for a US missile shield at a military base in South Korea.

They also agreed to strengthen strategic communication between the two countries to solve the issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

A high-ranking Cheong Wa Dae official said, "The two leaders made a decision to deal with the historical issues from a future-oriented point of view so they will not damage the two nations' relations, especially at this time when tension is high in all of Northeast Asia following North Korea's nuclear test". The yen strengthened on Lee's remarks.

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The US said on Monday it would table a new United Nations resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday.

Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed in a telephone call on Tuesday that China must do more to persuade North Korea to cease its missile tests, a spokesman for May said. 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.

More than 30 people were wounded when around 8,000 South Korean police broke up a blockade of about 300 villagers and civic groups opposed to the THAAD system deployment, fire officials said. Both sides can gain enormous economic benefits through a myriad of joint projects as envisioned in President Moon's so-called "New Northern Policy" and Putin's New East Policy aimed at developing local infrastructure, including construction of a Siberian gas pipeline, and excavating abundant natural resources in the region.

Such a deal would pave the way for Russia's key objective, and one supported by Japan and South Korea: a stable and peaceful relationship between North and South Korea which would permit the construction of logistical lines (road and rail links) all the way up the Korean Peninsula, linking to the Russian railway network at Vladivostok, and then on to Western Europe.

"The minister drew the secretary of state's attention to the words of [Russian President] Vladimir Putin during the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, about Russia's intention to use legal means to fight back against Washington's illegal actions", the statement further read.

"Northeast Asia has the capability of becoming the world's biggest energy community".