North Korea Would Rather Eat Grass Than Give Up
calls sanctions useless
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a press
conference on the sidelines of the 9th BRICS
(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)
Summit in the southeast city of Xiamen on
Tuesday, September 5.
September 05, 2017
warns ‘hysteria’ over North Korea threatens
Putin thinks that sanctions
could lead to large-scale human
Putin, speaking after a BRICs
summit in China, also warned
against further ramping up
military hysteria around North
said on Tuesday that imposing tougher
sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear
missile program would be counter-productive
and said threats of military action could
trigger "a global catastrophe."
Putin, speaking after a BRICs summit in
China, criticized U.S. diplomacy in the
crisis and renewed his call for talks,
saying Pyongyang would not halt its missile
testing program until it felt secure.
"Russia condemns North Korea's exercises, we
consider that they are a provocation ...
(But) ramping up military hysteria will lead
to nothing good. It could lead to a global
catastrophe," he told reporters.
"There's no other path apart from a peaceful
one." Putin was speaking after South Korea
said an agreement with the
United States to scrap a weight limit on its
warheads would help it respond to the North
Korea threat after Pyongyang conducted its
sixth and largest nuclear test two days ago.
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
While describing additional sanctions as
"the road to nowhere", Putin said Russia
was prepared to discuss "some details"
around the issue, without elaborating.
The Russian leader also lashed out at
the United States, saying it was
preposterous for Washington to ask for
Moscow's help with North Korea after
sanctioning Russian companies whom U.S
officials accused of violating North
"It's ridiculous to put us on the same
(sanctions) list as North Korea and then
ask for our help in imposing sanctions
on North Korea," said Putin
is being done by people who mix up Australia
with Austria," he added.
United States has floated the idea of
requiring all countries to cut economic
links with North Korea to try to strong-arm
Pyongyang into changing its behavior.
Moscow's case, that would mean stopping
using North Korean laborers, tens of
thousands of whom work in Russia, and
halting fuel supplies to Pyongyang. Russia
has so far refused to contemplate doing
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