South Korea's Moon says he and Putin share understanding on North Korea

Marco Green
September 12, 2017

In a separate phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korea President Moon Jae-In and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump underscored the need to give a coordinated response to North Korea. The president spent most of the day discussing responses of the worldwide community to North Korea's sixth nuclear test with world leaders, including Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The leaders met on the sidelines of an economic summit in the Russian far eastern city of Vladivostok as worldwide concerns grow over Pyongyang's powerful nuclear test at the weekend.

US President Donald Trump criticized Moon this week for seeking "appeasement" with Pyongyang, while in August, Moon issued a forceful statement rebuking Trump's threats of "fire and fury" against North Korea, saying that any military actions on the Korean Peninsula must be made in consultation and with agreement from Seoul.

"North Korea's such nuclear provocation has violated U.N. Security Council resolutions", Putin said at the joint media event.

"All options to address the North Korean threat are on the table", the White House said. However, he also said any attempt by the United Nations to impose additional sanctions on North Korea would be "useless and ineffective" as Kim feels threatened by the West and would do anything to safeguard his regime. Abe is due to meet Putin separately later in the day.

He pointed to the Iran nuclear deal, which was negotiated successfully by the Obama administration but has looked fragile under Trump, saying "if the U.S. had spent even one fifth of the time and effort on the North Korean issue compared with the Iranian case, then the North Korean nuclear issue could have been resolved".

Residents of Seongju a county some 300 km south of Seoul stage a protest against the installation of a U.S. missile defense system in front of a village office in the county on Sept. 6 2017
South Korea's Moon says he and Putin share understanding on North Korea

Putin said his country also denounced North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons. In that sense, the Moon administration's effort to create the maximum deterrent against North Korea by strengthening its military capabilities is reasonable and understandable.

The North's latest and sixth nuclear test is believed to have been its most powerful nuclear test so far.

"I think that Korea is the most optimal partner for the development of the Russian Far East, and cooperation with Russia is also a prerequisite for Korea's new northern policy". He was set to hold a bilateral summit with his Mongolian counterpart Khaltmaagiin Battulga later Wednesday.

From September 6 to 7, the Russian port city of Vladivostok hosts the EEF, gathering over 3,500 participants from more than 50 countries.

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