South Korea, Russia bilateral summit kicks off on sidelines of EEF 2017 in Vladivostok

South Korea, Russia bilateral summit kicks off on sidelines of EEF 2017 in Vladivostok


President Moon Jae-in has arrived in the Russian
city of Vladivostok this Wednesday afternoon. Our Moon Connyoung is traveling with the presidential
press corps… she is live on the phone for us from Vladivostok. Connyoung, the South Korean leader is there
to attend a regional forum but it looks like his sideline meetings are stealing the thunder. It sure looks like it, Daeun. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is here
in Russia’s Far East to attend the Eastern Economic Forum hosted by Russian President
Vladmir Putin but, first on President Moon’s itinerary here in Vladivostok was a one-on-one
with his Russian counterpart. The bilateral summit between the two leaders
is underway, as we speak. In fact, the summit itself kicked off about
half an hour behind schedule because Mr. Putin wasn’t able to make it to the venue on time. This face-to-face between the two leaders,
the second of its kind after their encounter at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, should
be wrapping up very shortly as it was initially scheduled to last for about an hour. That will be followed by luncheon hosted by
the Russian host and an extended summit with about a dozen top government officials from
each side… with the whole event to last about three hours before a joint news conference
by Presidents Moon and Putin later in the day. Connyoung, do we know what’s been discussed
so far at the summit table? The summit took off on a friendly note – the
two heads of state exchanged warm greetings. But, soon to take center stage was of course
discussion over North Korea’s latest provocation and how to best deal with the rogue state. President Moon initiated the talks by raising
the issue of North Korea and the grave threat its latest nuclear test poses to the rest
of the world. The South Korean leader told his Russian counterpart
that the situation on the Korean peninsula was complicated because of provocations by
North Korea… and that situation could become uncontrollable if the leadership in Pyongyang
did not halt its provocative actions. That’s just about all we have for now… the
details haven’t yet been made available to the media here but President Moon was largely
expected to seek President Putin’s support for his pressure-with-dialogue approach towards
North Korea. More specifically, ways to bring about measures
that fundamentally cut off North Korea’s foreign currency income and crude oil supply. A key observation point from the Moon, Putin
summit today – in fact, the South Korean president’s visit to Russia altogether this time around
– will be how much of a support, endorsement, but most of all cooperation from the Russia…
how big of a role Russia can and will play in reining in North Korea. That was our chief Blue House correspondent
Moon Connyoung traveling with the president live for us from Vladivostok, Russia. Thank you, Connyoung.

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