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Shanghai group condemns North Korea's threats

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Russia's president, hosting the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Urals, said on Tuesday that the group considers recent threats made by North Korea to be unacceptable.

YEKATERINBURG, June 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's president, hosting the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Urals, said on Tuesday that the group considers recent threats made by North Korea to be unacceptable.

Leaders of the SCO, which brings together China and Russia along with four Central Asian countries, met in Yekaterinburg.

Dmitry Medvedev told reporters after the talks: "Among other issues, we discussed the North Korean problem, including the recent threats, and we noted that such behavior is unacceptable in the current situation."

North Korea said on Saturday it would respond with war to attempts by the United States and its allies to isolate the country, and that it would start enriching uranium and using plutonium for military purposes. The day before, the United Nations Security Council passed a new set of sanction against the reclusive communist state over its May 25 nuclear test.

"We also noted that the international community had no choice but to react by means of adopting an appropriate UN Security Council resolution," the Russian president said.

All 15 council members voted in favor of Resolution 1874, which expands an arms embargo and allows searches of North Korean ships on high seas, but does not authorize the use of force.

The SCO, which also includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, adopted a joint declaration calling for renewed talks on solving the nuclear dispute with North Korea.

"Member states of the SCO support the renewal of talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. They called for restraint and are continuing their search for mutually acceptable resolutions based on agreements reached earlier," the group said in a joint declaration.

 

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