Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has blasted “useless” UN sanctions over North Korea and warns the world is heading for a “global catastrophe leading to a huge loss of human life”.
The Russian leader warned that tensions between the United States and N Korea are on the verge of sparking a devasting worldwide conflict. In a major intervention from Mr. Putin, he urged both Washington and Pyongyang to “tone down their rhetoric”.
Speaking about the UN sanctions against the hermit state, the Kremlin chief said that imposing new restrictions would be “useless” and “ridiculous” and would only cause millions of innocent North Korean citizens to suffer rather than halt Kim Jong-un’s nuclear program.
Putin went on to take a swipe at the UN Security Council, saying: “Our position on this issue, just like on every other issue, is principled. “It’s just that we don’t want to be on the same [sanctions] list as North Korea, even though this is ridiculous, this doesn’t make any sense.
“No, that’s not the point. The reason is that the sanctions regime has been exhausted, it doesn’t work, it’s useless. “The North Korean government is not going to change their policy, whereas millions of people will suffer.”
Express reports: Speaking after a summit in China, he also condemned the United States and North Korea for their warmongering rhetoric over the crisis.
President Donald Trump recently threatened to unleash “fire and fury” if Kim continued to threaten to attack the US island of Guam. Mr. Putin said: “Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless, it’s a dead end.
It could lead to a global catastrophe and a huge loss of human life. “There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.”
Kim is convinced North Korea’s nuclear program is the only way to ward off apparent threats from the US, Mr. Putin added.
He told reporters: “As I told my colleagues yesterday, they will eat grass but will not stop their program as long as they do not feel safe. “What can restore their security? The restoration of international law.”
Despite Mr. Putin’s opposition, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha today said China could back further sanctions on North Korea. After holding talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, she told MPs: “I could sense that China could be open to more sanctions.”
And during a phone call yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US leader Mr. Trump called for “further and stricter sanctions”. But a German government spokesman insisted: “The common goal is still to avoid military escalation and make a peaceful solution possible.”
president putin made the comments after meeting with chinese leader xi jinping © Press President Putin made the comments after meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping Last month, President Putin spoke out about the North Korea crisis to say that reports that Kim Jong-un has developed nuclear weapons were false and designed to warrant an invasion of the rogue state.
According to Mr. Putin, the story being pushed in the mainstream media that North Korea has nuclear weapons is a complete fabrication designed convince the public that the hermit nation is a global threat.
“[North Korea] don’t have any nuclear weapons. This is a lie being forced on the people by the corporate-owned Western media”, said Putin during an emotionally charged Q&A session in Sochi.
“They know they can easily provoke the North Koreans and they will react, but the story that they are a threat is false.” “I will tell you the facts about North Korea: They don’t have nuclear bombs.
They don’t have Western-controlled banks. They don’t depend on the US dollar.
What they do have is a land full of wealth in unmined minerals.” Putin went on to say that Kim Jong-un “would never launch a real attack, it’d be suicidal. Pyongyang knows this and so does Washington”.