Putin Says North Korea Crisis Can Be Solved By Diplomatic Means

The draft US proposal circulated to the UN Security Council members calls for a total ban on supplying a range of oil products to North Korea and on its textile export industry.

Moon, in a phone call with Putin before the conference, also called for a ban on overseas North Korean workers, who are a key foreign currency source for the North. Putin told Moon that the North Korean problem should be solved diplomatically, according to Seoul's presidential office.

Amid escalating tensions in the Korean Peninsula today, South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked for his Russian counterpart's cooperation in urging the worldwide community to cut off crude oil supplies to the North Korean regime.

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.

"The president asked Russian Federation to help, noting it was imperative to at least cut off oil supplies to North Korea this time", according to Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan. Putin also reiterated Moscow's opposition to more sanctions against North Korea.

N Korea could nuke US, Europe 'within months'
The U.S. territory of Guam is home to key military bases and strategic long-range bombers that North Korea finds threatening. On Tuesday, North Korea provoked worldwide alarm after it fired a mid-range missile over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Seonju residents and activists have raised worries over rumored health hazards and the possibility of being targeted by North Korean attacks. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

(Russian) "Pressure and sanctions alone can not solve the situation on the Korean peninsula". Ahead of his meeting with Putin, Moon said the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped.

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".

Putin maintained it was impossible to resolve the North Korean crisis with sanctions and pressure alone, and urged diplomatic solutions.

  • Megan Austin