President Vladimir Putin said North Korea's neighbors should engage with it, not whip up "military hysteria"
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his news conference in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, on Tuesday, Sept. 05, 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, warning against "military hysteria." (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP), photo: Kremlin Pool/Mikhail Klimentyev via AP
05 of September 2017 19:59:06
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test, but also warned against using military force against the country, calling it a "road to nowhere" that could lead to a "global catastrophe."Russia condemns North Korea's nuclear test as "provocative," Putin told a televised news conference in China. But he stopped short of expressing willingness to impose more sanctions on North Korea, saying Moscow viewed them as "useless and ineffective."Putin said North Korea's neighbors should engage with it, not whip up "military hysteria.""It's a road to nowhere. Whipping up military hysteria — this will lead to no good," he said. "It could cause a global catastrophe and an enormous loss of life."North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date on Sunday, triggering warnings from the United States of a "massive military response." Rattled by the test, South Korea on Tuesday conducted live-fire exercises at sea in its second straight day of military displays.The Russian president, who was in China for a summit of leading emerging economies, told reporters that he had remarked to one of his counterparts at the talks that North Korea "will eat grass but will not give up the [nuclear] program, if they don't feel safe."Putin said it was important that all parties affected by the crisis, including North Korea, not face "threats of annihilation" and "step on the path of cooperation."[caption id="attachment_72915" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] From left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive for the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries in Xiamen in southeastern China’s Fujian Province, Tuesay, Sept. 5, 2017. Photo: AP/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool[/caption]Russia's United Nations ambassador echoed Putin's remarks later in the day. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Russia said sanctions against North Korea aren't working and Moscow wants a new U.N. resolution on North Korea to focus more on a political solution.Nebenzia said the only initiative on paper is a Chinese-Russian suspension-for-suspension proposal that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the U.S. and South Korea halting their joint military exercises.He told reporters at U.N. headquarters on Tuesday that Russia would welcome other initiatives, saying that the Swiss have offered mediation services and "if that works, I'll be happy."U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Monday that the United States wants a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions adopted by Sept. 11.