Putin calls for diplomacy, not 'military hysteria' in dealing with North Korea

Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of weapons tests, the latest a detonation Sunday of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

North Koreans remember the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq over Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons programme, Mr Putin reasoned.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday "all options are on the table" to deal with North Korea, including diplomatic and economic measures, but said that talks with Pyongyang were not the current focus for the White House. In response to a question at the forum, Putin said, "Strengthening military pressure won't lead anywhere. I condemn North Korea in the strongest verbal form possible for the nuclear testing conducted". "That's where the game is - and all the rest of the noise, both the military noise, which is just pure blather at this point, and all the talk about sanctions, is just irrelevant", said Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council in NY. The draft, seen by the DPA news agency, also calls for a ban on North Korean textile exports and the employment of the North Korean workers overseas.

"I ask Russian Federation to actively cooperate as this time it is inevitable that North Korea's oil supply should be cut at the least", Moon told Putin, according to a readout from a South Korean official.

North Korea has previously marked key dates with displays of military power, but now its tests appear to be driven by the need to improve missile capabilities.

This comment was meant to help Putin realize that North Korea's nuclear and missile development is also a crisis close to Russian Federation.

"While Moon is not having his way with North Korea, that won't immediately bring his approval rate down", Prof Lee said. By comparison, China provides it with about 520,000 tonnes of crude a year, according to industry sources.

Fifty-nine percent were against the idea of South Korea preemptively attacking North Korea while 33 percent supported the notion. Now, the North's technological progress is adding to insecurities compounded by President Donald Trump's sometimes lukewarm support for defending USA allies under his "America First" agenda.

Mogherini said the bloc should align itself with the latest UN Security Council resolution, but also impose its own series of sanctions against Pyongyang, which wouldn't require the backing of China and Russian Federation.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday accused Kim Jong Un of "begging for war" with a series of nuclear bomb and missile tests.

Russian Federation insists on holding a dialogue with North Korea.

Under any approach, Trump and future USA commanders in chief will have a very persuasive argument for why the North shouldn't directly attack the United States: American military superiority.

South Korea's defence ministry, which warned that North Korea was ready to launch an ICBM at any time, said it was not able to confirm the report.

Two THAAD batteries have already been installed.

Beijing's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wednesday that the deployment of a THAAD system in Korea "would not solve security concerns" and would "seriously undermine the strategic balance of the region".

North Korea's hydrogen bomb test on September 3 is a "grave violation" of United Nations resolutions and threatens regional security, the Russian president said on Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed, inter alia, that a North Korean delegation would attend the EEF event.

"It is not worth giving in to emotions and driving North Korea into a corner".

South Korean nuclear experts, checking for contamination, said on Friday they had found minute traces of radioactive xenon gas but that it was too early to link it to Sunday's explosion.

  • Rogelio Becker