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Russia President Vladimir Putin watches judo on the margins of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, on September 7, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin

Vladivostok, Russia– Japan and South Korea urged Russia on Thursday to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang to face its nuclear ambitions, but this was rejected by Russian President Vladimir Putin who warned that pressure won’t resolve the crisis and called for dialogue.

Since the first nuclear experiment by North Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea President Moon Jae-in supported the US suggestion to impose an oil-ban.

Russia insists on holding a dialogue with North Korea. After three-hour talk with Shinzo Abe, Putin said that Pyongyang is posing a threat on peace and security in the region with its acts. But he reiterated the Russian stance that settling the condition is improbable unless with diplomatic ways.

North Korea announced on Sunday carrying out a successful hydrogen experiment, the thing that caused worldwide denouncement. According to Japan, this experiment was 160 kilogram tons stronger – ten times stronger than the US bomb thrown at Hiroshima in 1945.

Pyongyang wasn’t affected by the international denouncement and held an awarding ceremony on Wednesday to scholars who performed this experience, where fireworks were launched and huge crowds came.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for exerting the highest possible pressure on North Korea to oblige the regime to let go its nuclear and ballistic program. South Korea President Moon Jae-in reiterated calls for taking tougher procedures against Pyongyang, noting that it might be time to impose more strict sanctions.

It seems that the US President Donald Trump has totally disregarded the strict stances taken recently, affirming that military action is not his first option.