Do not drive N. Korea into corner, sanctions alone will not solve problem – Putin

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Paul Martin
6 Sep, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the North Korean nuclear crisis cannot be resolved by sanctions alone. He called on the international community not to drive Pyongyang into a corner.

“It is clear that it is impossible to solve the problems of the Korean peninsula by sanctions alone and pressure,” Putin said at the economic forum in Vladivostok, following talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-In.

“One shouldn’t give in to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner,” the Russian leader stated, adding that now everyone needs to show composure, avoiding “steps that lead to an escalation of tension.”

“Without political and diplomatic tools, it is very difficult to shift the situation” on the Korean peninsula, Putin noted.

“To be more precise, I think it is altogether impossible,” he said, pointing out that Moscow and Beijing had created a road-map for a settlement on the Korean Peninsula that is designed to promote the gradual easing of tensions and the creation of a mechanism for lasting peace and security.

The initiative of “double freezing,” put forward by the Russian and Chinese foreign ministers on July 4, is designed to cease all missile launches and nuclear tests by Pyongyang, as well as large-scale military exercises by Washington and Seoul. The plan was rejected by Washington.

“We call on all interested parties to take a closer look at this initiative which, in our view, offers a realistic way to reduce tensions and gradually approach a settlement,” the Russian leader noted on Wednesday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Putin that the situation on the Korean Peninsula could become unpredictable if Pyongyang does not cut short its “provocative actions” following its latest nuclear bomb test.

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