Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also reiterated Beijing's opposition to South Korea's deployment of the US Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence System, also known as THAAD, which is meant to protect against North Korean missile attacks.
VLADIVOSTOK-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on September 7 that pressure of a much different dimension must be applied on North Korea following its sixth nuclear test.
Putin and Moon met on the sidelines of an economic summit in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok amid mounting worldwide concerns that their shared neighbor plans more weapons tests, possibly a long-range missile launch ahead of a key weekend anniversary.
(.) Calling the region an intersection between Russia's new policy to direct diplomatic focus towards Eastern Asia, and Seoul's (quote) "New Northern Policy", which includes North Korea, President Moon announced Seoul and Moscow will establish a 2-billion-dollar-worth loans and investments platform that focuses on supporting the Far East development project.
"We estimate this was far bigger than previous nuclear tests", Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Thursday for the world to put the "greatest possible pressure" on North Korea to abandon its nuclear missile programme. The full deployment of the THAAD, which consists of at least six launchers, comes 14 months after Washington and Seoul in July 2016 agreed to install it on South Korean territory to counteract the North Korean threat.
Pyongyang also conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, prompting vehement reprimands from neighbouring Japan and the United States.
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.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated China's opposition to the system, saying it could only "severely damage" regional security and raise "tensions and antagonism".
Both Russia and China have criticized the THAAD deployment.
The U.N. Security Council, of which Russian Federation is a veto-wielding permanent member, is now debating imposing fresh sanctions on North Korea, with Japan and the United States pushing for an oil embargo on the reclusive state.
South Korean officials said they continued to monitor for radioactive fallout from the test and for signs of preparations for more activity as they pushed for a stronger worldwide response.
His plea came after North Korea carried out its largest nuclear test to date on Sunday, and amid fears the rogue state is planning a long-range missile launch ahead of a key anniversary this weekend.
The deployment comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's missile and nuclear tests.
Experts say the distance and trajectory achieved in recent missile tests show that North Korea's claims to be able to hit the United States could be legitimate.
China and Russian Federation have strenuously opposed the THAAD deployment, viewing it as aimed at bolstering Washington's military presence in the region and undermining their security interests.