Putin says putting pressure on North Korea is a 'dead-end road'

by Antonio Miles September 2, 2017, 0:47
Putin says putting pressure on North Korea is a 'dead-end road'

The Russian leader, whose nuclear-capable bombers recently overflew the Korean Peninsula in a show of force, said the situation had deteriorated so badly that it was now "balanced on the verge of a large-scale conflict".

Vladimir Putin has warned that North Asia is "on the brink of a large-scale conflict" and - in an apparent rebuke to Donald Trump - suggested that dialogue is the only way forward.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his view on the tensions in the Korean Peninsula, warning that the USA and North Korea were "on the brink of a large-scale conflict".

"Provocations, pressure, and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere".

The article was shared days ahead of Putin's trip to China for the BRICS summit, which brings together leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

"The region's problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions". -South Korean military exercises, which Pyongyang says it sees as preparations for invasion.

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On Tuesday, the reclusive nation fired a ballistic missile over Japan in defiance of UN resolutions and new sanctions imposed last month, which are expected to slash its export revenues by one-third.

In phone call Friday, Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in agreed to enhance Seoul's deterrence against North Korea by boosting its missile capabilities, Yonhap reported, citing Seoul's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae.

United States heavy bombers and stealth jet fighters took part in a joint live-fire drill in South Korea on Thursday, intended as a show of force against the North. The move came in response to North Korea's missile launches in July, which it, as well as South Korea and the United States, claimed were intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests.

Trump also said "talking is not the answer" to the crisis, without giving more details about his next move.

Following Tuesday's missile launch, Pyongyang said it would stage future military operations directed at the American territory of Guam, which has always been a focal point of North Korea's disdain with the U.S. and is often mentioned as a target. -South Korean military drills are provocative and that imposing further sanctions on Pyongyang would be counterproductive.

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