19 Oct 2017 18:27

Putin calls for resolving N. Korean problem in dialogue, not resorting to threats

SOCHI. Oct 19 (Interfax) - The situation surrounding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should be settled via dialogue, with no threats and rudeness toward Pyongyang, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

"Of course, this problem should be resolved in a dialogue, without backing North Korea into a corner, threatening use of force and not descending to outright rudeness or swearing," Putin said at a plenary meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi on Thursday.

"Whether someone likes the North Korean regime or not, one cannot forget that the DPRK is a sovereign country. Any differences should be settled in a civilized manner," the Russian president also said.

Russia "certainly condemns the DPRK's nuclear tests," he said.

"At the same time, we are wholly implementing all decisions made within the framework of the UN Security Council with respect to North Korea," Putin said.