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Russian president Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' in North Korea impasse

AFP
Published : Sep 5, 2017, 12:57 pm IST
Updated : Sep 5, 2017, 6:31 pm IST

Putin's comments came after US called for the 'strongest possible measures' against N Korea for detonating what it called a hydrogen bomb.

Putin said the North Korea nuclear problem is very serious. But here, one must not lose his cool (Photo: AP)
 Putin said the North Korea nuclear problem is very serious. But here, one must not lose his cool (Photo: AP)

Xiamen: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Tuesday of a global "catastrophe" unless a diplomatic solution over North Korea is reached, saying imposing further sanctions on Pyongyang would be useless.

Putin's comments, following an international summit in China, came after the United States called for the "strongest possible measures" against North Korea for detonating what it called a hydrogen bomb on Sunday.

 

The announcement and North Korea's claim that it could mount the warhead on a missile, dramatically upped the stakes in Pyongyang's standoff with the international community over its banned weapons programmes.

Putin said Russia "condemns" North Korea's actions as "provocative".

"But resorting to just any sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient," he told reporters in the Chinese city of Xiamen following the annual summit of the five-nation BRICS club of emerging economies.

Putin called for dialogue on the crisis and warned against other actions that could cause the situation to escalate.

"All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims," he said.

 

Tags: north korea, vladimir putin, un sanctions, missile test
Location: China, Peking, Peking