Putin, Moon see Trump as willing to defuse North Korea crisis

“The potential consequences of military action are too horrific”. “The other half is dialogue and negotiation”, Wang added. “My appeal is not for any specific solution”.

The liberal Moon took office in May calling for diplomacy with Pyongyang but the escalation in weapons tests has been the North’s only response.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was speaking at the close of the BRICS summit in China on Tuesday.

“President Trump gave his in-principle approval to South Korea’s initiative to lift restrictions on their missile payload capabilities”.

Putin said Pyongyang would not end its nuclear and missile programs because it viewed them as its only means of self-defense.

“It would be extremely hard to advance the situation at hand without political and diplomatic instruments”, he said.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Meanwhile, there’s talk in South Korea of building up its own conventional arsenal and perhaps even acquiring its own nuclear weapons.

Russian Federation said peace in the region was in jeopardy.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim have exchanged threats in a war of words that intensified after the North on September 3 tested what Pyongyang described as a hydrogen bomb that could be placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the United States.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he hopes their two countries can work together to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

The talks on the sidelines of an economic forum came as the U.N. Security Council, including veto-wielding permanent members China and Russian Federation, is debating a fresh resolution to impose tougher sanctions such as an oil embargo on North Korea to curb its nuclear and missile development programs.

“We will not be putting up with what’s happening in North Korea”, Trump told reporters Wednesday after the conversation.

The bid for the toughest penalties yet against North Korea comes despite renewed warnings against such moves by the leaders of China and Russian Federation, which have veto power in the Security Council.

But President Putin made clear that Russian Federation was opposed to further interdictions, and while China – North Korea’s patron and closest political and economic partner – has yet to be drawn on the issue, it tends to resist placing pressure on Pyongyang.

But other state media like the English-language Global Times defended China against mounting worldwide pressure to deal more sternly with its ally.

“I think it would be so disruptive that it wouldn’t produce any additional assistance from China, and it could be economically catastrophic to our economy and the world’s economy”, the top Democratic senator on the Armed Services Committee, Jack Reed, tells VOA.

“We’ll see how efficient the much-praised American judiciary is”, he added.

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