Russia does not recognize North Korea's nuclear status, Putin says
Moscow does not recognize North Korea's nuclear status, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday following talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Sputnik reports.
"I confirmed to Mr. Moon Jae-in our principled position — we do not recognize the nuclear status of North Korea. Pyongyang's missile and nuclear program grossly violates the UN Security Council resolution, undermines the non-proliferation regime, poses a security threat in Northeast Asia," Putin said after the talks at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).
North Korea proclaimed itself a nuclear nation in 2005, performing first nuclear test a year and a half later. The escalation of the situation around the country escalated in latest months, following several nuclear tests performed by the country.
At the same time, the Russian president noted that it was necessary, in the situation around North Korea, not to give in to emotions and not to drive Pyongyang into a corner, adding that steps that lead to an escalation of tensions must be avoided.