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Kremlin highlights similarities in Russian, South Korean approaches to North Korean issue

Kremlin highlights similarities in Russian, South Korean approaches to North Korean issue

At their meeting, South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha and Japan's Taro Kono said that close cooperation among Seoul, Washington and Tokyo is paramount in dealing with North Korea.

South Korea President Moon Jae-in met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Thursday morning in Vladivostok where they're attending the Eastern Economic Forum, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Putin, in turn, has struck a tone of prudent equanimity, decrying North Korea's recent test of what is believed to be a hydrogen bomb while also explaining the diplomatic quagmire that has enveloped the country's pursuit of deadly weapons.

In the past few weeks, Mr Moon has sought stronger warheads on ballistic missiles, stepped up military drills, discussed the deployment of U.S. strategic bombers to South Korea and embraced a missile defence system he had questioned. "Besides, North Korea has not only medium-range missiles and nuclear weapons, we know they have that, but they also have long-range artillery and multiple rocket launchers with a range of up to 60 kilometres", the Russian President said.

Trump said Wednesday that military action is not his "first choice" to address North Korea's ongoing moves to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, hours after he spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

South Korea braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea when it marks its founding anniversary on Saturday, just days after its sixth and largest nuclear test, which it marks each year with a big display of pageantry and military hardware.

The announcement by the Swedish Foreign Affairs Ministry came hours after Mexico's government said it declared North Korean Ambassador Kim Hyong Gil as persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country within 72 hours in response to Sunday's nuke test.

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North Korea, pursuing its weapons programmes in defiance of global condemnation, fired an intermediate ballistic missile over Japan last week, prompting authorities to sound sirens and advise residents to take cover.

Despite the North's fiery rhetoric, South Koreans are generally calm, going about their lives with no sign of panic.

Moon may well be quietly admiring of Putin for saying things upfront about North Korea which he is unable to do himself. Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday said President Moon Jae-in plans to bolster pressure and sanctions against North Korea to stop further provocations.

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on a new set of sanctions soon.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe has urged Russian Federation to collaborate against the policies pursued by North Korea to help scale down the current tensions on the Korean Peninsula. But this year's EEF waded into the critical regional security issue of North Korea.

He called on all North Korea's neighbours to show restraint, suggesting the bellicose rhetoric and military drills are "playing into their hands".


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