Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that pilling more sanctions on defiant North Korea led by headstrong leader Kim Jong Un will be counterproductive and could trigger “a global catastrophe”.
Speaking moments after a BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, Putin also criticised US diplomacy in the crisis and renewed his call for talks, saying North Korea would not halt its missile testing programme until it felt secure.
“Russia condemns North Korea’s exercises; we consider that they are a provocation … [But] ramping up military hysteria will lead to nothing good. It could lead to a global catastrophe,” Putin said.
“There’s no other path apart from a peaceful one,” Putin added.
The US is mulling fresh sanctions against North Korea after its ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley called on the body’s Security Council to impose tougher measures against Pyongyang.
Speaking at an emergency session in New York, Haley said Washington will circulate a new sanctions resolution this week, with a view of voting on it next Monday.
“War is never something the United States wants,” Haley said. “We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and our territory,” she added.
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