Additional sanctions on North Korea would be "useless and ineffective": Putin

06 September, 2017, 13:15 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • South Korea's Hyunmoo II ballistic missile is fired during an exercise at an undisclosed location in South Korea

Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, has repeatedly joined China in calling for negotiations with Pyongyang, suggesting that the United States and South Korea halt all major war games in exchange for North Korea halting its testing program.

South Korea's defence ministry said it was already strengthening its defences, in part by deploying more US-made Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile launchers.

"[This] will lead to no good", Putin said.

Putin said he reserved the right to remove more American staff from Russian Federation.

But relations have been damaged by accusations from USA intelligence officials that Russian Federation sought to meddle in the presidential election.

This is a stark contrast to Trump, who has said that "all options are on the table" when it comes to North Korea.

"There's no other path apart from a peaceful one", Putin added.

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Seoul has said the North could be planning another missile test.

"President Moon noted the North's nuclear test was a serious challenge to global peace and security that also violated UN Security Council resolutions, and also a very serious provocation that is on a whole new level from those in the past in its size and nature", Park said in a press release.

Russian Federation and the United States have been feuding over the closing of embassies in the two countries.

The White House said that in a phone call with South Korean's president on Monday, Trump gave approval "in principle" to lifting previous restrictions on South Korean missile payloads and to approving "many billions" in weapons sales to South Korea.

"He's not my bride, and I'm also not his bride or groom", Putin said on Tuesday during a summit in China.

Putin said it's not Russia's place to publicly speak of what could happen for Russian-American relations if Trump were to be impeached, according to RT.

United Nations human rights investigators estimate that more than 50,000 North Koreans have been sent overseas, mostly to Russian Federation and China, generating between $1.2 billion and $2.3 billion per year.

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While describing additional sanctions as "the road to nowhere", Putin said Russian Federation was prepared to discuss "some details" around the issue, without elaborating.

"The use of sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient".

"Novak; 40,000 a quarter is zero", said Putin.

The North has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in the past year despite sanctions, testing two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and firing a missile over Japan last week.

Russian Federation has veto power as a permanent UN Security Council member along with China, the United States, Britain, and France.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told lawmakers it was time to increase pressure on North Korea and eliminate loopholes that allow some countries to continue trading with Pyongyang.

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