SEOUL, South Korea – The Latest on North Korea's nuclear test (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution.
Putin made the remarks Wednesday after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Vladivostok, Russia.
North Korea says it detonated a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.
Putin, speaking in China on Tuesday, had condemned the nuclear test as provocative, but said that Russia views sanctions on North Korea as "useless and ineffective."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he hopes their two countries can work together to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.
The leaders of South Korea and Japan are holding talks with Putin in Vladivostok on the sidelines of a conference on economic development of Russia's Far East.
Moon said Wednesday that the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped. The North says it detonated a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.
Abe will meet Putin on Thursday. He told reporters before his departure from Japan that "We must make North Korea understand there is no bright future for the country if it pursues the current path."