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Moon presses Putin over North Korea oil supplies

08 September 2017

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he hopes their two countries can work together to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

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 worldwide community.

The spokesman stressed the current level of oil supplies to North Korea from Russian Federation is minimal, so the suspension of them is pointless.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date Sunday, detonating a device that it claimed was a hydrogen bomb created to be carried by a long-range missile capable of reaching the mainland United States. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

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Putin reiterated that the crisis around North Korea should be resolved only by political means, and that it posed a threat to peace and stability in the region.

They have raised worries over rumored health hazards linked to the system's powerful radar and the possibility that the town will become a target of North Korean attacks.

(Russian) "Pressure and sanctions alone can not solve the situation on the Korean peninsula".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on September 7 that the Security Council should make a further response on North Korea, but added that sanctions were only half the solution and must be combined with dialogue and negotiation.

Speaking on the sidelines of an economic forum in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, Putin said on September 7 that Pyongyang would not end its nuclear and missile programs because it views them as its only means for self-defense. "It would be very hard - actually, impossible", Putin told reporters.

Moon presses Putin over North Korea oil supplies