As Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow the two issued a joint statement that called for a simultaneous freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile tests but also on military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea.
|The joint document was published after the two leaders met on Tuesday in the Russian capital. The two also condemned the latest North Korean missile test as "unacceptable" but urged against "any statements or actions that could lead to an increase in tensions". The joint declaration said: "The two sides propose that the DPRK (North Korea) as a voluntary political decision declares a moratorium on testing nuclear explosive devices and ballistic rocket launches, and the U.S. and South Korea refrain from carrying out large-scale joint exercises. Parallel to this, the opposing sides should start negotiations and affirm general principles of their relations including the non-use of force, rejection of aggression and peaceful co-existence." Putin also said that a comprehensive resolution of the problems of the Korean peninsula were a mutual priority in order to ensure a lasting peace and stability would be achieved in the area.|