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(LEAD) Putin calls on N.K. to stop provocative behavior

All Headlines 17:30 September 03, 2016

(ATTN: ADDS Park's remarks, details in paras 4-9)
By Song Sang-ho

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called on North Korea to stop its provocative behavior and respect U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolutions banning its nuclear and missile tests.

During the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's Far East port city of Vladivostok, Putin also said that Russia has "various channels" with North Korea and will use such channels to help address the ongoing nuclear standoff with the North.

"Russia is against the proliferation of nuclear arms," he said.

President Park Geun-hye (L) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's Far East port city of Vladivostok on Sept. 3, 2016. (Yonhap)

Putin's remarks followed Pyongyang's continued provocations, including its recent launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine.

The communist state's menacing rhetoric, including its verbal threat of a "preemptive nuclear strike," has further heightened tension on the divided Korean Peninsula.

During the plenary session of the economic forum, South Korean President Park Geun-hye pointed out that the North's nuclear and missile problems and the "Asia paradox" are the two stumbling blocks to the development of Northeast Asia.

The Asia paradox is a term that Park often uses to refer to the situation in which geopolitical conflicts intensify despite deepening economic cooperation and interdependence in the region.

To tackle the seemingly worsening paradox, the Park government has been pushing for the "Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative" aimed at building trust among nations mired in historical and territorial feuds.

"To surmount (the Asia paradox), it is of paramount importance to build trust among nations in the region and address distrust towards one another through communication and dialogue," Park said.

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