Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Putin warns against "military hysteria"

Putin warns against

Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed in a telephone call on Tuesday that China, the North's main ally and trading partner, must do more to persuade North Korea to cease its missile tests, a spokesman for May said.

"The president asked Russian Federation to help, noting it was imperative to at least cut off oil supplies to North Korea this time", according to Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

"But we will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea", Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.

But Nebenzia said Russian Federation would welcome other initiatives, noting that the Swiss have offered to mediate, and "if that works, I'll be happy".

After a phone call with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on how to deal with North Korea's threatening nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Mr Trump did not rule out military strikes, saying "we will see what happens".

Responding to another question, Trump said military option is not his first choice but he has all options open.

Vladimir Putin urged the world community not to succumb to emotions when discussing the problem of North Korea.

Moon had urged Moscow to support stronger sanctions against North Korea, which conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland. "One should not succumb to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner". Without political and diplomatic instruments, it will be very hard to make progress in the current situation, and if I have to be more precise, I think it would be impossible in any other way, "Putin said".

Trump also provided his conceptual approval for the purchase of billions of dollars' worth of military weapons and equipment from the US by South Korea, the statement added.

"We will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea".

Reports called these latest comments of Trump "less harsh" compared to the ones he made last month when he threatened "fire and fury" against the Pyongyang regime.

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Both leaders "condemned North Korea's continued reckless and risky behavior" and reaffirmed the importance of close coordination at the United Nations.

While South Korea is preparing to battle North Korea, several geopolitical experts have said that handling the Korean Peninsula crisis through diplomacy is the only safe bet.

"Whipping up military hysteria makes absolutely no sense in this situation", Putin said.

"It's a road to nowhere".

But Putin said that while Russian Federation condemned the rogue regime's latest actions, imposing any kind of sanctions would be "useless and ineffective" - adding that Kim would rather starve his people than be overthrown.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as provocation.

Moon said both Koreas could achieve economic prosperity if North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons and neighboring countries guarantee the security of the regime, and Putin pledged to look for ways to bring the North back to the negotiating table. "China will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula".

Pyongyang's announcement was meted with severe verbal backlash from across the world, with countries like the U.S. and Japan demanding even stricter sanctions from the United Nations (UN) against the North, in an effort to cripple its economy, thereby forcing the nation to curb its missile tests.

The United States wants the U.N. Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its, and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia is at risk of going to war as tensions with North Korea continue to rise.

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Han told the UN conference that he was "proud" to confirm that his nation had "successfully carried out the hydrogen bomb test". But few in the U.S. government have advocated direct talks with the North Koreans until their behaviour significantly changes.

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