Presidents Moon and Putin stress importance of bilateral economic cooperation

Putin, after meeting S.Korean leader, calls for talks on N.Korea crisis

Speaking at an economic forum in Russia's eastern port of Vladivostok, Putin said Thursday he believes the Trump administration is "willing to resolve the situation".

"We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner", Mr Putin said in a news conference after meeting Mr Moon.

"It is far bigger than past (North Korean) nuclear tests", said Onodera.

Both Russia and China have urged the US and North Korea to consider the double-freeze initiative devised by Moscow and Beijing, which would see Pyongyang suspend its nuclear and ballistic missile tests in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korea military drills.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was also in Vladivostok to discuss North Korea with Moon and Putin, said on Wednesday he wanted the North to understand it has "no bright future" if it continues on its current path. The full deployment of the THAAD, which consists of at least six launchers, comes 14 months after Washington and Seoul in July 2016 agreed to install it on South Korean territory to counteract the North Korean threat.

South Korea said on Tuesday an agreement with the United States to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile threat after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test two days ago.

On the simmering issue of Korean workers forced to work under Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, Abe reiterated Japan's position that the issues were settled under a 1965 bilateral treaty.

The comment was made by Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang during a regular press briefing on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Moreover, as the reckless and belligerent statements from Trump and his officials demonstrate, North Korea's limited nuclear weaponry and reactionary nationalist bombast will not prevent the United States from using its military might, including its huge nuclear arsenal, against the North Korean people.

And, at a Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations called Sunday's nuclear test a "gift package" for the USA - and warned there would be more.

Police said some 8,000 officers were sent to the area near the deployment site.

North Korea has shown no signs of changing its tone or ambitions.

Last year, China shipped just over 96,000 tonnes of gasoline and nearly 45,000 tonnes of diesel to North Korea, where it is used across the economy, from fishermen and farmers to truckers and the military.

"The idea that some have suggested a so-called "freeze for freeze" is insulting", United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday. "On the one hand it's asking North Korea to freeze or do what it's already supposed to be doing under worldwide law", Pinkston said. The Trump administration's goal is to ram through such a resolution by September 11, the enforcement of which would largely depend on China cutting exports to the North.



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