Putin: Russia, South Korea seek nuclear-free Korean Peninsula

Russia favors the soonest possible resumption of the six-nation negotiations on the nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after his negotiations with the South Korean leadership.

Putin and South Korean President Park Geun-hye have discussed global affairs, including the situation on the Korean Peninsula, in Seoul.

"We share a single goal with the Republic of Korea, i.e. the stability and security of all regional states and a nuclear-free status for the Korean Peninsula. The problem can have only a diplomatic solution achieved at the six-nation negotiations. We advocate for their soonest possible resumption," the Russian president said.

Pyongyang dropped out of the six-nation negotiating process in 2009 after the UN Security Council condemned the test launch of a North Korean ballistic missile in violation of its resolutions.

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