RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

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Russia is ready to develop ties with both Koreas, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday having met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the EEF on Tuesday. The trilateral projects might include “piping Russian gas to Korea, and integration of the electric grids and railway systems of Russia, South and North Korea,” Putin stated.

“Implementation of the initiatives will not only have economic benefits, but will also contribute to strengthening trust and stability in the Korean Peninsula,” Putin stressed.

“It is obvious that the Korean Peninsula’s problems cannot be solved only with sanctions and pressure. One should not give in to emotion and drive North Korea into a corner.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

Russia is ready to develop ties with North Korea within UN restrictions, but the missile and nuclear tests impinge on trade and economic relations, the Russian Far East Development Minister said upon meeting the N. Korean delegation.

“Our Korean partners seek to develop trade and economic relations. But we drew their attention to the fact that missile and nuclear activities suppress the opportunity to develop trade and economic ties, severely damage the trade and economic aspect of our relations,” Russia’s Far East Development Minister Aleksandr Galushka told TASS on Thursday after meeting with the North Korean delegation at the Eastern Economic Forum.

“We asked them to refrain from such actions in the future, as they bring to naught the efforts of the [Russia –North Korea] intergovernmental commission,” the official added.

The talks between the minister and the North Korean delegation, led by the Minister of Foreign Economic Relations Kim Young-jae, took place on Wednesday. Pyongyang’s delegation presented a number of proposals on possible areas for cooperation with Russia, according to Galushka.

Russia will study Pyongyang’s proposals, Galushka stated, stressing that he had told the North Korean delegation that cooperation between the two countries was possible only within the framework of the restrictions imposed by the UN Security Council.

Russia is ready to develop ties with both Koreas, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday having met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the EEF on Tuesday. The trilateral projects might include “piping Russian gas to Korea, and integration of the electric grids and railway systems of Russia, South and North Korea,” Putin stated.

“Implementation of the initiatives will not only have economic benefits, but will also contribute to strengthening trust and stability in the Korean Peninsula,” Putin stressed.

“It is obvious that the Korean Peninsula’s problems cannot be solved only with sanctions and pressure. One should not give in to emotion and drive North Korea into a corner.”

The prospects for trilateral cooperation have been set back by the Korean peninsula standoff, South Korea’s President said.

“We have arranged to strengthen the base for implementing trilateral projects involving both Koreas and Russia. The projects aim at consolidating the Korean Peninsula and Russia’s Far East,” Moon Jae-in said after the meeting with Putin. “The projects’ implementation did not move forward due to many reasons, including the North Korean problem.”

While the delegations from both Koreas participated in the forum, there was no meeting between them.

Head of the North Korean delegation Kim Young-jae told reporters that the EEF should focus on its goals of strengthening economic and trade ties, and not serve as a platform for political attacks.

“We dourly condemn the attempts of the South Korean and Japanese leadership to use the Eastern Economic Forum for their unclean political goals; their attacks on the self-defensive measures aimed at strengthening nuclear deterrent forces of the DPRK, since they clearly contradict the goals and spirit of our forum, where the Cooperation between Russia’s Far East and Asian countries is discussed,” the official stated.

Weapons of mass destruction will not be used on Korean peninsula – Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin is confident that there will be no conflict with the use of weapons of mass destruction in North-East Asia, he said at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.
“We hope it will not come to a conflict with the use of weapons of mass destruction in North-East Asia”, Russian president Vladimir Putin stated at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

“There are possibilities to achieve the settlement of Pyongyang’s problem by diplomatic means. This is possible and must be done,” he stated.

Putin believes in the possibility of solving the question of the Korean peninsula.

“We need to work together. We can and must achieve positive results,” Putin said, speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum on Thursday.

He recalled that in 2005, participants in the negotiations about the situation on the Korean peninsula were close to solving the problem.

“We almost agreed on everything in 2005. Agreements were reached, according to which North Korea assumed the obligation to curtail the nuclear missile program, and all the other participants in this process promised to contribute to this process, and spoke of the need to restore normal, good relations between the North and the South, on the possibility of implementing tripartite Russia-North-South projects,” the Russian leader noted.

“But then, unfortunately in my opinion, someone demanded from North Korea what it did not promise, and gradually this situation deteriorated to the current level,” Putin said.

The Russian leader believes that Pyongyang perceives nuclear weapons as its only protection, and will not abandon them.

“They [in North Korea] view the possession of atomic weapons and missile technology as their only means of protection. Do you think they’ll give it up now?”

The military hysteria around North Korea is counter-productive, Putin warned.

“The build-up of some military atmosphere, of hysteria, is counter-productive, in my opinion. It will lead to nothing, because what is happening now, of course, is a provocation from North Korea. This is quite obvious. They are provoking the situation, but if they are doing it, they are not stupid people, believe me. So, they expect the corresponding reaction from [their] partners, and they achieve it,” Putin said.

– RT



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