The Russian leader criticised sanctions as “useless and ineffective”, instead urging the worldwide community to offer security guarantees to North Korea.
“Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it’s a dead end”, he told reporters in China, according to the Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT.
In a meeting with ethnic Koreans in Vladivostok on Thursday, Moon also said the Far East, bordering with the North, is a land of opportunity in that it can help the two Koreas overcome the pain of division and build a future together.
President Donald Trump continues to see the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula as the priority in how it responds to North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test, the White House says.
He also confirmed his country had successfully conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test on Sunday.
But speaking at the closure of the BRICs summit in Beijing – which hosted the leaders of Brazil, India, China and South Africa – Putin said that while Russian Federation condemned North Korea’s latest actions, imposing any kind of sanctions would be “useless and ineffective”.
His comments followed a terse UN Security Council meeting on Monday at which the U.S. warned the approach of imposing “incremental” sanctions against the secretive nation had not worked.
The defence minister raised the possibility of redeploying United States nuclear weapons in the wake of the North’s sixth nuclear test in remarks to the South’s national assembly, according to the Yonhap news agency.
This undated North Korean government photo shows leader Kim Jong Un inspecting weapons.
Even so, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa said yesterday that her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, told her that Beijing is open to additional sanctions.
The comments came after a top North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, Han Tae Song, warned his country is ready to send “more gift packages” to the US.
President Moon Jae-in has stressed the necessity of strengthening cooperation between South Korea and Russian Federation, saying it will not only help their joint prosperity but also lead North Korea to change its course.
A day later, Mr Trump tweeted: “I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States”.
South Korea’s Asia Business Daily, citing an unidentified source, reported that North Korea had been observed moving a rocket that appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards its west coast.
South Korea has detected “continued activities” related to North Korean missile tests, according to a government official who asked not to be named in line with government policy.
North Korea has previously threatened to launch missiles toward Guam.