Putin rejects cutting off oil to North Korea

08 September, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Ora Austin
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"The South Korean president asked for Russia's cooperation in ratcheting up the level of UNSC sanctions on North Korea by cutting off its crude oil supply".

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.

Moon had urged Moscow to support stronger sanctions against North Korea, which conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

"In order to compel North Korea to come to the dialogue table, United Nations sanctions must be strengthened".

Putin said Russian Federation exported a negligible amount of oil to North Korea - about 40,000 tonnes a year, according to Yoon. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

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Meanwhile, hundreds of local residents and activists are gathered near the US base protesting the deployment. North Korea says it detonated a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

An intergovernmental working group will also be set up to promote the activities, with officials from foreign, trade, health and environment ministries taking part from Japan, it said.

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

Speaking on the sidelines of an economic forum in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, Putin said on September 7 that Pyongyang would not end its nuclear and missile programs because it views them as its only means for self-defense.

World powers are scrambling to respond to the latest advance in North Korea's rogue nuclear weapons programme, which has sent global tensions soaring. The deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system has angered North Korea but also China and Russian Federation, which see the system's powerful radar as a threat to their own security. He told reporters before his departure from Japan that "We must make North Korea understand there is no bright future for the country if it pursues the current path".

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