Putin, Abe call for faster restart of talks on North Korean settlement

| Updated: Apr 28, 2017 12:17 IST

Moscow [Russia], Apr 28 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised their concern over the deteriorating situation on the Korean Peninsula, saying, it is necessary to restart six-party negotiations on the same. "We are urging all the states involved in regional affairs to refrain from military rhetoric and seek a calm and constructive dialogue," TASS reported quoting Putin. As per reports, Abe said that both Tokyo and Moscow want North Korea to comply with the United Nations Security Council's resolutions, which will ban it from developing nuclear weapons. "President Putin and I have agreed that Japan and Russia will cooperate and call on North Korea to fully comply with the United Nations Security Council's resolutions and refrain from further provocations," Abe said. There has been a considerable increase of tension on the Korean Peninsula, which began in early 2016, when North Korea conducted a nuclear test and launched a ballistic missile carrying a satellite. In September 2016, Pyongyang carried out another nuclear test, while more than 20 missiles were test-fired during the year. In 2017, Pyongyang has been continuing missile tests. The UN Security Council's resolutions ban the Pyongyang from any activities related to the development of nuclear weapons and their means of delivery. In April, the United Nations Security Council condemned a new missile launch, which had ended in a failure as the missile exploded almost immediately. (ANI)

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