Putin says US and North Korea are 'on the verge of a large-scale conflict'
Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned the United States on Friday not to apply too much pressure on North Korea regarding its nuclear weapon program, saying the strained relationship between the two countries was âon the verge of a large-scale conflict.â
Putin posted the warning on the Kremlin website before he left for the BRICS nations summit in China, Reuters reported. Putin called on the two nations to open up dialogue with one another.
"It is essential to resolve the region's problems through direct dialogue involving all sides witho ut advancing any preconditions [for such talks]," Putin wrote. "Provocations, pressure and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere."
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Putin wrote that relations between the two countries had worsened to the point that it had âbalanced on the verge of a large-scale conflict.â
"In Russia's opinion the calculation that it is possible to halt North Korea's nuclear missile programs exclusively by putting pressure on Pyongyang is erroneous and futile," Putin wrote.Expand / Collapse
North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on T uesday that flew over Japan. (AP)
On Tuesday, North Korea escalated the conflict, launching a midrange ballistic missile over U.S. ally Japan. Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Hermit Kingdom, called the launch a âmeaningful preludeâ to containing Guam, which is home to a number of key U.S. military bases.
President Trump said Tuesday that âall options are on the tableâ after the missile launch.
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âThe world has received North Koreaâs latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,â Trump said in a written statement released by the White House.
Following Trump's remarks, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his country would join the U.S. and go to war with North Korea if asked. Turnbull believed that war was not the only answer, and stressed economic sanctions could work as well.
âIf North Korea were to attack the United States, as they often threaten to do, there would be a conflict which would be a suicide note from North Koreaâs point of view,â Turnbull said. âKim Jong-un is playing a game of very, very dangerous brinkmansh ip.â
He added: "If he starts a war, he will lose it instantly."
China's Defense Ministry said war was not an option in finding a solution to the growing North Korean crisis. Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Ren Guoqiang told reporters Thursday all parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that escalate tension.
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that any new sanctions against North Korea would be âdangerous.â Lavrov spoke to Tillerson several hours after Trump tweeted that âtalking is not the answerâ when it comes to dealing with North Korea.
Lavrov told Tillerson that Russia urged all parties to avoid a military solution to the crisis and added that Moscow views any potential sanctions against North Korea as âcounterproductive and dangerous.â
The Associated Press contributed to this report.Source: Google News