Warning of 'Planetary Catastrophe,' Putin Joins Calls for Diplomacy With North Korea

Posted September 06, 2017

Putin's comments appeared to draw the lines for a clash at the United Nations pitting Moscow and Beijing against Washington and its allies. "Especially regarding the new East policy you are pursuing and the new defense policy I am pursuing, it makes me feel that we are dreaming the same dream", said Moon.

Putin also commented on the planned supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine by the United States, saying that the global consensus was that "supplying arms to zones of conflict does not help reconciliation and can only make the situation worse".

The resolution by Japan's parliamentary committee condemns the nuclear test, and urges the Japanese government to take leadership in pushing for tougher punishment against Pyongyang, as measures are being discussed at the United Nations Security Council.

"We will see how effectively the much ballyhooed American justice system works", Putin said.

The closures served as retaliation after Putin moved to expel more than 700 USA diplomats in Russian Federation by September 1.

On Tuesday, making his first public reaction to the issue, Putin called the confiscation "unprecedented" and "a violation of Russia's property rights".

Putin is now in China's Xiamen to meet the leaders of BRICS - which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

"It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life", Putin concluded.

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On Monday, America's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the Trump White House was looking for the strongest possible sanctions to be brought against the North Korean dictatorship, saying its leader, Kim Jong Un, was "begging for war".

Mr Putin said North Korea's neighbours should engage with it, not whip up "military hysteria". "We are statesmen", Putin told reporters, according to a translation by Reuters.

He also faulted South Korea for its "talk of appeasement".

The most recent measures, imposed last month following Pyongyang's July firing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the USA mainland into range, zeroed in on the economy.

The call comes as the U.N. Security Council is holding its second emergency meeting in a week about North Korea after the country said it detonated a hydrogen bomb underground Sunday.

"China will never allow chaos and war on the (Korean) peninsula", he asserted.

Mr Moon had called for Moscow to support stronger sanctions against Pyongyang, which conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Haley on Monday rejected the Russian-Chinese proposal as "insulting".