Korean president to visit Russian Federation for summit with Putin, regional forum

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Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that the tense standoff between North Korea and USA was on the verge of large-scale conflict and said it was a mistake to try to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear missile programme.

President Moon Jae-in will hold summit talks with leaders of Japan, Mongolia and Russia during the his two-day visit to Vladivostok, Russia, Seoul's presidential office revealed Friday.

"The problems in the region will only be solved via direct dialogue between all concerned parties, without preconditions", Putin said.

According to the Russian news agency Tass, the Russian president described the situation on the Korean Peninsula as 'balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict'. "Provocations, pressure, and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere".

Putin said Russian Federation and China, North Korea's most important ally, had drawn up a roadmap to ease tensions and create lasting peace without the use of threats or military force.

"Our government's stance that we need to peacefully resolve North Korean nuclear issues and Korean Peninsula issues remains unchanged", Lee Eugene, South Korean Unification Ministry deputy spokesperson, said.

The warning prompted a threat from North Korea to launch a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.

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Lee said Seoul and Washington continue to monitor North Korea's activities, acknowledging Pyongyang is capable of conducting another nuclear test "at any time within a short period of preparations".

It is the latest in a series of strongly-worded threats from Donald Trump, who warned that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if they continuing to threaten the US.

U.S. heavy bombers and stealth jet fighters took part in a joint live fire drill in South Korea on Thursday, intended as a show of force against the North, Seoul said.

Vladimir Putin has insisted that imposing sanctions on Kim Jong-un in a bid to block the dictator's nuclear ambitions is a "dead-end road".

Aside from summit meetings, Moon will hold a luncheon meeting with ethnic Koreans and Russian dignitaries on September 7, and give a keynote speech at the Eastern Economic Forum.

Last week, Japan and the United States imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals that support Pyongyang, including those in China and Russian Federation.