Moon, Abe call for stronger sanctions on NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea’s nuclear test (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have reaffirmed their support of stronger sanctions against North Korea, including cutting off oil supplies to the country, in their meeting in the Russian port city of Vladivostok.

Moon’s chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said Thursday that the two leaders pledged to strengthen efforts to persuade Beijing and Moscow to back tougher punitive measures against the North, which has recently conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.

Moon in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged Moscow to support stronger sanctions against North Korea, but Putin called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution to the country’s nuclear and missile development.

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10:30 a.m.

South Korea says the U.S. military has completed placing more launchers on the high-tech U.S. missile-defense system installed in the southeast to better cope against North Korean threats.

Seoul’s Defense Ministry said Thursday it couldn’t immediately confirm when the four new launchers will be operationally capable.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers capable of firing up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two launchers have been operational so far.

Earlier, dozens of people had been injured when police sent thousands of officers to remove hundreds of protesters on a road that leads to the site.

Seonju residents and activists have raised worries over rumored health hazards and the possibility of being targeted in North Korean attacks.

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8:15 a.m.

Dozens have been injured in clashes between protesters and police in a South Korea farming village where the U.S. military will begin installing additional launchers to a contentious U.S. missile defense system.

A fire department official in rural Seongju said Thursday that 38 people, including six police officers, were injured after police sent thousands of officers to remove hundreds of protesters from a road leading to a former golf course where the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System has been set up.

A Seongju police official says police have dispersed most of the protesters and the U.S. military will be able to move four launchers and construction equipment into the site soon.

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

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers, but only…

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