Bloomberg: Putin Warns North Korea Situation Has ‘Seriously Deteriorated’
* Russian leader urges restraint after talks with Japan’s Abe
* Russia, Japan may consider new sanctions, Kremlin aide says
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program is deepening after the issue dominated talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Moscow.
He and Abe believe the situation on the Korean peninsula has “seriously deteriorated,” Putin said Thursday after the Kremlin meeting. “We call on all states involved in the region’s affairs to refrain from military rhetoric and seek peaceful, constructive dialogue.”
Abe said he and Putin spent a long time discussing North Korea during the three hours of talks that also focused on resolving a seven-decade long dispute over four islands seized by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. The issue has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a peace accord.
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Update #1: Russia's Putin, Japan's Abe call for talks, calm with North Korea (Reuters)
Update #2: What Does Putin Really Think About North Korea? (Damien Sharkov, Newsweek)
WNU Editor: Russia (in the past) always favored the status quo. But I think Moscow is now beginning to realize that maintaining the status quo is not what North Korea is projecting right now, and more to the point .... the steady progress of its WMD program is starting to raise alarm bells.