Putin calls sanctions against North Korea useless

North Korean soldiers gather on Munsu Hill in Pyongyang on Saturday to mark the 69th anniversary of the country's founding

Sanctions not stopped North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with Trump who has vowed to stop Pyongyang from being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon.

"They will eat grass but they will not turn away from the path that will provide for their security", he said.

The US said on Monday (04), that it would table a new United Nations resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday.

But Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Tuesday that a U.S. bid for the Security Council to vote on September 11 on new sanctions is "a little premature".

Japan is singing the same tune as the USA, with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso yesterday calling for additional measures.

On Sunday, Donald Trump tweeted that the USA was considering stopping all trade with countries that do business with North Korea, prompting a stern response from China.

Putin also said that the ramping up of "military hysteria" could lead to global catastrophe.


Russian Federation condemns North Korea's nuclear test as "provocative", Putin told a televised news conference in China on Tuesday.

He also confirmed his country had successfully conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test on Sunday. Russian Federation is a permanent member of the Security Council and has veto power. "China will promote denuclearisation and the maintenance of stability on the peninsula, and promote solving problems on the peninsula through dialogue and consultation".

Putin said North Korea's neighbors should engage with it, not whip up "military hysteria". South Korea has claimed that the North is making preparations for another ICBM test.

Even so, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa said yesterday that her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, told her that Beijing is open to additional sanctions.

"Russia condemns North Korea's exercises, we consider that they are a provocation ..."

Mr Trump agreed to support new weapons sales to South Korea and Japan. South Korea's defence ministry declined to comment on the report that said the ICBM was being moved to a launch site.

North Korea has previously threatened to launch missiles toward Guam.

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