Vladimir Putin says pressure on North Korea 'futile'

Laura Christensen
September 2, 2017

In an article published on the Kremlin's website on September 1, Putin obliquely criticized USA warnings of potential military action and said stepping up the pressure on Pyongyang won't solve the problem.

'The region's problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions.

And earlier this week Pyongyang fire a ballistic missile over Japan, apparently in response to ongoing war exercises between the US and South Korea.

"We have a common goal - denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, so that neither the North nor the South, the US and us [Russia] have nuclear weapons", Lavrov said. "At that moment, when it has the capability to hit the United States, even Europe and at the very least Japan and China, with a nuclear weapon, the situation will be explosive", he said, urging Pyongyang to return to talks. "We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow", he told RTL radio.

Putin said a roadmap drawn up by Russian Federation and China - which have relatively warm ties with Pyongyang and wield influence as permanent members of the UN Security Council - was a way to gradually reduce the tensions.

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On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump warned that "all options" were back on the table after the reclusive state fired an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile over Japan, snubbing Washington's bid to draw it into talks.

The warning prompted a threat from North Korea to launch a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest point in years after a series of missile tests by Pyongyang.

On Thursday, U.S. fighters staged a mock bomb drilling over the Korean Peninsula. The US, UK and other Western allies are prone to impose new heavy sanctions on Pyongyang even outside the UN Security Council.

Putin's comments echoed those of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who in a Wednesday telephone call with United States counterpart Rex Tillerson 'underscored. the need to refrain from any military steps that could have unpredictable consequences'. His comments were published just hours after the US and South Korea conducted a mock bombing raid on the Korean Peninsula, which Pyongyang referred to as a "rash act".

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