- Title: Russia's Putin says diplomacy is the only way to resolve the North Korea crisis
- Date: 7th September 2017
- Summary: VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 7, 2017) (RUSSIAN POOL - ACCESS ALL) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT MOON JAE-IN, JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE ON STAGE DURING PLENARY SESSION OF EASTERN ECONOMIC FORUM IN VLADIVOSTOK PUTIN AND MOON JAE-IN ON STAGE WIDE OF STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "(STAGE) There is no other (CLOSE UP) solution to the (North Korean missile) problem but a diplomatic one. It is not an easy, simple or fast way (WIDE OF STAGE) to resolve it, but it is the only (MOON JAE-IN ) right one." VARIOUS OF FORUM PARTICIPANTS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "We need to start talks, (ABE LISTENING) we need to convince (DISCUSSION PARTICIPANT) North Korea also that for them it is the best way to resolve the problem. We need to slowly pull North Korea (CLOSE UP) into the process of regional cooperation and Russia has concrete proposals in that regard. Everyone knows about it." DISCUSSION PARTICIPANTS ON STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "We have proposals, we have issues to work on (CLOSE UP) but I find it counterproductive to whip up military atmosphere, hysteria, (DISCUSSION PARTICIPANT) it leads nowhere. Everything what is (AUDIENCE) happening now is a provocation by North Korea, (DISCUSSION PARTICIPANT) it is absolutely clear, they provoke the situation. But if they do it - (PUTIN IN SHOT) and they are not that stupid, believe me - they expect a certain reaction from their partners and they make their best to see it happen, then why do you play along?" WIDE OF HALL (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I can assure you (CLOSE UP) if we go along this path (talks) - slowly, step by step, the situation in the region, relations between the North and the South (Koreas) will transform (ABE) into cooperation and then we can expect some further steps. (CLOSE UP) But it is impossible to frighten them." WIDE OF STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "We see the desire of the current (US) administration to defuse the situation (over North Korea nuclear program). (AUDIENCE) We understand that no one wants escalation." WIDE OF HALL (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "There are many people with common sense in the current US administration - if that's what you've asked me about - who understand that it is necessary to move forward with caution." AUDIENCE AND VIEW OF STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I really hope that this common sense will prevail and that we (WIDE OF STAGE) together, working in cooperation, will move towards (PUTIN IN SHOT) the resolution of this issue. I am sure that in the end that's how it will happen. The sooner the better." PARTICIPANTS APPLAUDING
- Embargoed: 21st September 2017 08:00
- Keywords: Russia North Korea missile program Russian President Vladimir Putin Vladivostok Eastern Economic Forum
- Location: VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA
- City: VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016XLKBIF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (September 7) that the crisis around North Korea could be resolved by diplomatic means.
Addressing participants of the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok Putin said that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump had shown the desire to defuse tensions over North Korea.
He warned that whipping up military hysteria around the North Korean crisis was counterproductive, adding that Pyongyang would not end its nuclear and missile programmes because it views them as its only means for self-defence.
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