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Cutting off North Korea’s oil supplies not solution to crisis: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday rejected the idea of cutting off oil shipments to energy-starved North Korea as a way of punishing the rogue regime for its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and as a way of forcing it to the negotiating table.

Putin made the comments in response to a request by South Korean President Moon Jae In, according to the Yonhap News Agency. Putin met with Moon on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vladivostok, Russia.

“I am concerned cutting off oil supplies to North Korea may cause damage to people in hospitals or other ordinary citizens,” the Russian president said. Russia is a major energy exporter, although Putin said it shipped very little oil to North Korea.

Putin’s opposition to Moon’s suggestion comes a day after he said North Koreans would in all likelihood rather “eat grass” than abandon their nuclear program. Pyonggang claimed it conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, detonating a thermonuclear weapon it said could be placed on a missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

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Cutting off North Korea’s oil supplies not solution to crisis: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday rejected the idea of cutting off oil shipments to energy-starved North Korea as a way of punishing the rogue regime for its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and as a way of forcing it to the negotiating table. Putin made the comments in response to a request by South Korean President Moon Jae In, according to the Yonhap News Agency. Putin met with Moon on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vladivostok, Russia.”I am concerned cutting off oil supplies to North Korea may cause damage to people in hospitals or other ordinary citizens,” the Russian president said. Russia is a major energy exporter, although Putin said it shipped very little oil to North Korea. Putin’s opposition to Moon’s suggestion comes a day after he said North Koreans would in all likelihood rather “eat grass” than abandon their nuclear program. Pyonggang claimed it conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, detonating a thermonuclear weapon it said could be placed on a missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.