Vladimir Putin says pressure on North Korea 'futile'

North Korea launches missile over Japan

Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted USA attempts to pressure North Korea over its nuclear missile program Friday, stating the two countries are "on the verge of a large-scale conflict" as a result. Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road'.

But Putin wrote in an article: 'Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile programme is misguided and futile.

The Russian leader also described the escalating situation on the Korean Peninsula as "balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict" in an article published on the Kremlin's website on Thursday. "It is essential to resolve the region's problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions (for such talks)".

Putin said Russian Federation and China, North Korea's most important ally, had drawn up a roadmap to ease tensions and create lasting peace without the use of threats or military force.

"Our government's stance that we need to peacefully resolve North Korean nuclear issues and Korean Peninsula issues remains unchanged", Lee Eugene, South Korean Unification Ministry deputy spokesperson, said.

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"All possible sanctions aimed at preventing North Korea from using a map of external relations for the development of missile and nuclear programs banned by the [UN] Security Council, all conceivable and even unimaginable sanctions, which have little to do directly with these areas of DPRK's [the Democratic People's Republic of Korea] activities, have already been adopted by the Security Council".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian meanwhile said North Korea was close to being able to launch long-range missiles.

The UN Security Council denounced North Korea's latest missile test, unanimously demanding that Pyongyang halt the program.

The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. "We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow", he told RTL radio. "Talking is not the answer!"

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