Abe to meet Putin, Moon during Vladivostok forum

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Protesters shout slogans during a rally against the deployment of an advanced USA missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "begging for war" and urged the 15-member U.N. Security Council to impose the "strongest possible" sanctions to deter him and shut down his trading partners.

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea, which has opposed THAAD deployment from the start, defended the decision saying that it was unavoidable in light of recent developments.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that "now is not the time to talk to North Korea" and that "all options remain open to defend the United States and its allies".

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department rules.

Four civilians also tried to cross the fence of the THAAD site before being arrested and taken to Kimcheon police station for investigation.

The THAAD system, created to shoot down short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, has always been a source of controversy.

As well as ramping up the confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, the Trump administration has given the green light for more "freedom of navigation" operations in another of the region's volatile flashpoints-the South China Sea.

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Local residents have protested the THAAD deployment for fear that their town may turn into a primary target for North Korean attacks.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated Beijing's opposition to South Korea's deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System, also known as THAAD.

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

"We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner", he said.

The two leaders said they would work together in pushing for a UN Security Council resolution to include "the most powerful sanctions so far, such as cutting off oil supplies", Moon's press secretary Yoon Young Chan told reporters, according to the Yonhap news agency.

"The idea that some have suggested a so-called "freeze for freeze" is insulting", USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday. However, Russia's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said a Monday vote may be "a little premature".

Putin and Moon met on the sidelines of an economic summit in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok amid mounting global concerns that their shared neighbor plans more weapons tests, possibly a long-range missile launch ahead of a key weekend anniversary.

He added: "I don't put my negotiations on the table, unlike past administrations".

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