The biggest reason for the negative evaluation was the geopolitical risks on the peninsula, caused by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s test on Sunday of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb warhead that can be fitted atop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The U.S. officially asked the U.N. Security Council to vote on a draft sanctions resolution Monday.
Protesters scuffled with armored riot police as they attempted to block the road where US Forces Korea were transporting four additional THAAD missile interceptor launchers to a base in Seongju, around 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Seoul.
In July, it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that appeared to bring much of the mainland USA into range. "I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it's something certainly that could happen". A year ago on Foundation Day - a September 9 holiday that marks the 1948 foundation of the country - North Korea celebrated with a nuclear test.
Mr Trump has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea, including a military one.
Mr Putin expressed concern that cutting off oil supplies would hurt regular North Koreans, the official said.
A leading missile expert told Fox News the U.S. would have only minutes to decide whether to shoot down a North Korea missile.
The protests, analysts say, pose a major question towards the leadership of President Moon Jae-in, who rose to power in May promising de-escalation of tensions with North Korea.
Meanwhile, Sweden urged its citizens Friday to refrain from unnecessary trips to North Korea.
As a relatively easy way to prevent Kim Jong-un from taking 50 million South Koreans as hostages, our government must persuade the U.S government and the Congress to approve of redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons which Uncle Sam withdrew from South Korea at the end of 1991.
Sweden has had diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973. But they also pointed out that the North could fire ballistic missiles at any time from mobile launchers, known as transporter erector launchers (TELs).
In accelerating his pursuit of nuclear weapons targeting the United States and allies South Korea and Japan, Kim is seen as seeking a real nuclear deterrent to help ensure the survival of his government and also the stronger bargaining power that would come from it. It has previously retaliated against Seoul with unofficial economic sanctions.