South Korea's Moon says North Korean provocations complicate situation on Korean peninsula

Kremlin Press Service

Sixty-five percent of the surveyed said South Korea should suspend all support toward North Korea if Pyongyang fails to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

"This leads nowhere", Putin said, speaking alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga at the Eastern Economic Forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok.

In Washington, President Donald Trump reiterated Thursday that military action is "certainly" an option against North Korea, as his administration tentatively concurred with the pariah nation's claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb.

China has once again urged the USA and South Korea to halt the deployment of a high-tech missile defense system in South Korea.

Still, a Gallup Korea survey showed South Koreans are less concerned about war now as compared to in June 2007, nine months after North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in September 2006.

Experts believe that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be readying the launch of yet another intercontinental ballistic missile, sending a message that the country not only has a powerful nuclear weapons like the one tested last weekend, but also the means to deliver them to the U.S.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In urged Russian Federation on Wednesday to cooperate over cutting oil supplies to North Korea but President Vladimir Putin appeared to pour cold water on the idea. This is an important way for North Korea to acquire foreign currency to finance its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea says it needs to develop its weapons to defend itself against what it sees as USA aggression.

The White House on Wednesday released details of calls Tuesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Japan, the United States and South Korea should step up their cooperation in urging Russian Federation and China to intensify their pressure on North Korea to force the country to abandon its provocative acts.

"Trade turnover between Russia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is minimal, so it is hardly advisable to talk about the cessation of Russian oil products to it", Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said, adding that President Putin has repeatedly stated that the supply of oil and oil products to North Korea is negligible. He and May agreed to continue work on "increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea".

Geng told reporters that China had complained to the USA and South Korea and urged them to "take seriously the security concerns and interests of China and other regional countries". Abe is due to meet Putin separately later today. "We can pass information on, if they want", says Mr Toloraya. It can talk to Pyongyang to raise its comfort level and integrate North Korea in regional cooperation, while also easing South Korea's existential angst.

North Korea's minister of external economic relations, who is at the forum, said his country will "respond to barbaric attempts to exert pressure by the U.S. by our strong countermeasures", according to the Russian state-run news agency Tass.

A military strike would signal "a very sad day for North Korea", he said.

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