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Putin called the North Korean nuclear tests provocative, will discuss them with the leaders of Japan and South Korea at WEF-2017

President Vladimir Putin condemned the nuclear tests of the DPRK and announced an agreement with the leaders of Japan and South Korea to continue discussing the situation on the Korean peninsula during personal meetings at the Third Eastern Economic Forum (WEF-2017).

"Russia condemns these steps on the part of North Korea. We believe that they are provocative in nature, "he said at a briefing on the results of the BRICS summit in China's Xiamen on Tuesday. At the same time, the Russian president said he understood the motives of the DPRK authorities. "Everybody remembers well what happened to Iraq and to Saddam Hussein. Hussein refused to produce weapons of mass destruction. Nevertheless, under the pretext of searching for these weapons, the country is destroyed, and Saddam Hussein is hanged. This is what everyone knows. Everyone remembers this. And in North Korea, it is well known and remembered, "he stressed and made it clear that no sanctions would force Pyongyang to abandon the course towards the creation of weapons of mass destruction.

Also, Vladimir Putin announced an agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Mun Jae In to continue discussion of nuclear device tests in North Korea. "Tomorrow both the President of South Korea and the Prime Minister of Japan will arrive in Vladivostok for participation in the Eastern Economic Forum. We will talk about this in more detail, "he said.

VEF-2017 starts on Russky Island in the capital of Primorye, the main forum events are scheduled for September 6-7.