China , Russia Begin Naval Exercises Off N. Korea Coast

Posted In: News Date:Sep 18th, 2017

In the second part of joint Sino-Russian drills, the joint exercises are taking place between Peter the Great Bay, just outside of the Russian far eastern port of Vladivostok, not far from the Russia-North Korea border, and into the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, to the north of Japan, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The first set of drills took place in the Baltic in July, the report said.

Both China and Russia have sought to lower tensions repeatedly in the region and called for talks to resolve the issues.

In an op-ed piece published in Sunday’s New York Times, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the international community must remain united and enforce sanctions against North Korea after its repeated launch of ballistic missiles, Reuters reported.

The missile tests are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and show North Korea can now target the United States or Europe with missiles, Abe said.

The prime minister wrote diplomacy and dialogue will not work with North Korea and concerted pressure by the entire international community is essential to tackle these threats, the report said.

Last week, the 15-member U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth sanctions resolution since 2006 concerning North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, the report said