Russia not keen on cutting off oil to N. Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens as he attends a joint press statement with President of South Korea at Russky Island outside Vladivostok on Sept 6, 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens as he attends a joint press statement with President of South Korea at Russky Island outside Vladivostok on Sept 6, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

South Korea and Russia have called for more to be done to urgently rein in North Korea, but Moscow also warned that sanctions and pressure alone would not work.

Appearing to reject calls to pressure the North through more sanctions, including cutting off oil supplies, Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korea should not be driven into a corner. He was speaking after meeting his visiting South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In in Vladivostok.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May said China should do more to deter North Korea, amid warnings that the latter could be planning more missile tests.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2017, with the headline 'Russia not keen on cutting off oil to N. Korea'. Print Edition | Subscribe