Putin Says North Korea Crisis Can Be Solved By Diplomatic Means

Violet Powell
September 8, 2017

North Korean laborers would also be banned from working overseas.

"The Russian president said no matter how strongly it is pressured, North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons and expressed concern that severing Moscow's limited oil supply to Pyongyang would impact hospitals in North Korea and the ordinary people there".

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has dismissed the Russian-Chinese roadmap, saying the United States is "done talking about North Korea".

In a joint news conference following their summit in Vladivostok on Wednesday, Moon said he and Putin strongly condemn the North for conducting its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, despite repeated warnings from the global community.

But Putin was reluctant to support Moon's push for harsher sanctions.

Moon said the leaders agreed that reducing regional tension and "quickly solving" the security challenges posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile program were critical.

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The South Korean presidential spokesman quoted Putin as saying that Russian Federation was concerned that the blockage of oil supplies would hurt civilians including hospitals.

Moon said Wednesday that the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped.

He stressed a diplomatic solution with Pyongyang was possible.

Putin, speaking in China on Tuesday, had condemned the nuclear test as provocative, but said that Russian Federation views sanctions on North Korea as "useless and ineffective".

"It would be extremely hard to advance the situation at hand without political and diplomatic instruments", he said.

"It is clear that it is impossible to solve the problems of the Korean Peninsula by sanctions alone and pressure", the president said at the economic forum in Vladivostok, following talks with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In. He told reporters before his departure from Japan that "We must make North Korea understand there is no bright future for the country if it pursues the current path".

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