Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Four additional THAAD launchers to be installed in Seongju on Thursday:MND

Four additional THAAD launchers to be installed in Seongju on Thursday:MND

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Tuesday of a global catastrophe unless a diplomatic solution is reached over North Korea, but rejected United States calls for more sanctions as "useless", widening a split among major powers over how to rein in Pyongyang.

The latest escalation of the crisis came on Sunday when Pyongyang announced it had conducted a sixth nuclear test, which it claimed was of a hydrogen bomb.

North Korea might launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Saturday, as the country marks the anniversary of its founding, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Thursday.

But on Thursday, after days of talks with regional leaders and officials, Putin struck a more optimistic note, saying Russian Federation could see that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to defuse tensions around North Korea.

"However, I am concerned cutting off oil supplies to North Korea may cause damage to people in hospitals or other ordinary citizens", Putin added, according to Yoon's briefing to reporters.

Anything else that serves to fan the flames of war hysteria will lead to a "global catastrophe and a huge number" of human casualties.

President Donald Trump has spoken with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Monday for the first time since North Korea's recent nuclear test.

China and Russian Federation have suggested a "freeze for freeze" plan, where the United States and South Korea would agree to stop major military exercises in the region in exchange for a halt to North Korea's weapons programs. "But our country's patience is not unlimited", Haley said.

"I very much hope that common sense will prevail and that we will be working together, cooperatively, to move in the direction of resolving the issue".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against "driving North Korea into a corner" over its nuclear weapons program and missile tests.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In urged Russian Federation on Wednesday to cooperate over cutting oil supplies to North Korea but President Vladimir Putin appeared to pour cold water on the idea.

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

The United States is pushing China, the hermit kingdom's main trading partner, to support more severe sanctions against the North.

It is regrettable that in this situation in which Japan-South Korea cooperation is strongly required, both leaders must engage in fundamental exchanges over so-called comfort women and former requisitioned workers mobilized from the Korean Peninsula while it was a Japanese colony.

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