China, Russia urge peaceful resolution of crisis in Korean Peninsula

China, Russia urge peaceful resolution of crisis in Korean Peninsula

China, Russia urge peaceful resolution of crisis in Korean Peninsula

China's Zinhua News Agency said the joint military exercises between Russia and China will take place near the Russian city of Vladivostok, which is close to the North Korean border.

"The second stage of the Russian-Chinese naval exercise Joint Sea-2017 will involve 11 surface vessels, two submarines, four deep-submersible rescue vehicles, four anti-submarine planes and four deck helicopters", Matveev told reporters Friday.

Trump and Xi spoke on the phone days after Trump and his aides publicly discussed potential military action against North Korea.

The tension on the Korean peninsula has intensified since last Friday, North Korea once again launched a ballistic missile over Japan.

Much like China, Russia's reaction to the North Korean standoff has been subdued, with the foreign ministry calling the missile launch "regrettable". However, the tone towards the Communist side is becoming more sharp, with US Representative at the UN, Niki Hailey, saying on Sunday that diplomatic options before the United Nations are exhausted, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that North Korea is a threat to the United States and Europe.

He said the United States would pressure Russian Federation and China to take tougher action to economically isolate North Korea, including by limiting its oil supplies and cutting off laborers in Russian Federation that are a key supply of foreign exchange.

Diplomacy and dialogue will not work with North Korea and concerted pressure by the entire worldwide community is essential to tackle the threats posed by North Korea, Abe wrote.

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"But that past sanctions did not work does not mean they will not".

A week ago, the 15-member U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth sanctions resolution since 2006 over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. "Giving the sanctions time to bite is the best way to make Pyongyang reconsider".

Lavrov said Russia's position on the issue is "completely identical" to China's, the statement said.

Although scheduled months before, the timing is curious as the joint drills are obviously a response to the Trump administration's pressure over North Korea's nuclear program.

China has urged the United States to refrain from making threats to North Korea.

Pyongyang has launched dozens of missiles as it accelerates a weapons programme created to provide the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

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