Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' over North Korea impasse

Mark Pritchard MP

Mark Pritchard MP

Putin, speaking at the close of the BRICs summit in China on Tuesday, warned against "military hysteria" in solving the Korean crisis, claiming it could lead to a "global catastrophe with a lot of victims".

In an early morning tweet Tuesday, Trump said, "I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States".

"What Mr Moon wants is Russian endorsement of his policy of pressure and dialogue, and Russia will go along with it in principle, but he will have to underscore pressure at this point in time", he said.

The Abe-Modi talks would be the first major opportunity for Japan to share its concerns on the North Korean developments with India, which had deplored the recent hydrogen-bomb test by North Korea.

South Korean officials have also reported signs of another missile test in the works, possibly a long-range launch set for this weekend.

The Russian leader has been unusually outspoken about North Korea and how the global community should respond in the wake of that country's sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

At a minimum, the United States needs to initiate military-to-military talks with North Korea as soon as possible.

The Russian president also slammed the "useless" sanctions imposed on North Korea, and called the U.S.

Washington and Seoul are pushing for measures, which would block North Korea's foreign currency sources by cutting off oil supplies and banning its overseas labour.

"True, it does not make sense to put us on the (sanctions) list alongside North Korea and then ask us to help with sanctions against it", Putin drily noted. "There is no other way to resolve the North Korean nuclear problem but peacefully and diplomatically", Putin said.

Mr. Kawai indicated that North Korean thermo-nuclear tests had shaken the security arrangement in East Asia which came up following the Second World War.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide conventions, but also said there can only be a "diplomatic and peaceful solution" of the crisis.

Abe made the comments after holding talks with Putin on the sidelines of an economic forum in Russia's eastern port city of Vladivostok.

Abe and Putin are also expected to discuss economic cooperation and a peace treaty between the two nations.

Moon's chief press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, said Putin dismissed the idea, saying he believes no amount of pressure will force North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Japanese lawmakers are demanding tougher United Nations sanctions on North Korea, after it conducted a sixth nuclear test over the weekend.

The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and the 2011 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervention in Libya both came after the leaders of those countries submitted to worldwide pressure and relinquished their programs of weapons of mass destruction in exchange for sanctions relief.

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