Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Putin calls for support of Russian-Chinese plan

Putin calls for support of Russian-Chinese plan

"We could deliver Russian pipeline gas to Korea and integrate the power lines and railway systems of Russia, the Republic of Korea and North Korea".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that China remains strongly opposed to it.

"The president asked Russian Federation to help, noting it was imperative to at least cut off oil supplies to North Korea this time", according to Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also reiterated Beijing's opposition to South Korea's deployment of the US Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence System, also known as THAAD, which is meant to protect against North Korean missile attacks. Its sixth nuclear test on Sunday prompted the United States to speak about a "military response" and South Korea to conduct major military exercises.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that four launchers and construction equipment will be moved to the former golf course where the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system has been set up.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers capable of firing up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two have been operational.

Residents near the deployment site have voiced concerns that the system's powerful radars could have adverse health effects, a claim USA and South Korean defense officials have said is baseless.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says supporting a Russian-Chinese road map would help resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

The country tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and analysts said the flight data from the launches indicate the missiles could cover a broad area of the continental USA, including major cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, when perfected.

Moon said both Koreas could achieve economic prosperity if North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons and neighboring countries guarantee the security of the regime, and Putin pledged to look for ways to bring the North back to the negotiating table.

During a telephone call on the evening of September 4, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to maximize pressure on North Korea using all available methods.

They said that sanctions had so far done little to stop North Korea from increasing its nuclear and missile capabilities, and that the country remained determined to build a nuclear arsenal despite President Trump's threatening to rain down "fire and fury" on it.

"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". In a situation where North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons and long-range missiles despite the strong concerns and warnings of the worldwide community, it's obvious that South Korea can not just be a bystander.

Putin pointed out that he had discussed the North Korean issue with the leaders of Japan and North Korea.

But Putin said he hopes to find compromises with US President Donald Trump on worldwide issues such as the North Korea crisis.

Today in Vladivostok, on island Russian, is the second day of the Third Eastern economic forum.

"We must make North Korea understand there is no bright future for the country if it pursues the current path."

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