North Korea crisis can be solved with 'common sense', says President Putin

North Korea crisis can be solved with 'common sense', says President Putin

Putin made the comments after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia.

Abe hopes to win Moscow's support in strengthening pressure on North Korea through stricter U.N. Security Council sanctions following Pyongyang's nuclear test Sunday - its sixth and most powerful to date.

Putin said Tuesday at a news conference in China that Russian Federation saw the test as "provocative".

"Without political and diplomatic tools, it is impossible to make headway in the current situation; to be more precise, it is impossible at all".

Moon, who came to power earlier this year advocating a policy of pursuing engagement with Pyongyang, has come under increasing pressure to take a harder line on North Korea.

He and Putin "shared the understanding that resolving the North Korean issue is top priority", Moon told reporters.

"Russia condemns North Korea's exercises, we consider that they are a provocation ..."

Such measures should include completely cutting off the oil supply to the impoverished North, Moon has said.

Speaking at a joint press conference following their summit, Putin said his country can not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea, according to the Korean translation of his remarks.

USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the United States would be seeking a vote at the council on new sanctions on September 11.

Experts, however, are skeptical, saying offering an economic cooperation project to Pyongyang, amid the ongoing efforts of the UN Security Council to impose stronger sanctions, will face global criticism.

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China and Russian Federation have advocated a "freeze for freeze" plan, where the United States and Seoul stop major military drills in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programmes, but neither side is willing to budge.

South Korean officials say THAAD will strengthen the country's missile defenses, which now rely on Patriot-based systems, and will deter North Korea, which has missiles that can be fired from road-mobile launchers or submarines.

Putin voiced his concerns over Washington's approach to the Korean peninsula crisis, comparing the US military threats against the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the country is officially called, to situation in Iraq prior to the USA invasion.

In a sign of the worldwide stakes over Pyongyang's latest test, China said on Thursday that it had lodged a diplomatic protest with South Korea following its announcement it would increase deployments of a United States anti-missile system.

Also Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang restated China's opposition to South Korea's deployment of THAAD.

"Bear in mind that nearly every time, but not absolutely every time, a test or launch is predicted they don't do it", he said.

Japan upgraded its assessment of the North Korean test to 160 kilotons from 120 kilotons after the size of the natural disaster it generated was revised to 6.1.

"We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches", Defence Ministry official Chang Kyung-soo said.

The proposed measures, which are set to be discussed on Monday, also include a ban on the country exporting textiles and the hiring of North Korean workers overseas.

"All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims".

The United States this week is circulating a draft of a new resolution about North Korea at the United Nations, hoping for a Security Council vote next Monday.

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