Putin warns U.S. against 'offensive rhetoric' on North Korea

Putin warns U.S. against 'offensive rhetoric' on North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday of a "major conflict" looming on the Korean Peninsula, calling for talks to alleviate the crisis after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan this week.

"Provocations, pressure, and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere", Putin said.

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This prompted Japan to begin conducting regular air-raid and emergency evacuation drills in several cities. They are trying to put this out that there is a reasonable solution, to say if you guys just simply quit your joint military exercises, North Korea will stop developing missiles.

North Korea this week also shot a missile over Japan, pointed out Kinzinger, "so if you look at where is this escalating?"

He echoed comments by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who in a Wednesday telephone call with U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson "underscored. the need to refrain from any military steps that could have unpredictable consequences".

Sirens blared again yesterday in towns like Takikawa in the northern-most main island of Hokkaido, and residents took cover indoors, in line with government warnings to seek shelter below ground or in a solid building.

The Tokyo Shimbun noted that one million tons is around half to two thirds of North Korea's annual imports of crude oil and related products.

Putin's comments, first reported by Reuters and CNN, come just hours after the USA and South Korea took part in a joint mock bombing raid on the Korean peninsula.

One is Andersen Air Force Base, from which the US B-1B bombers flew Thursday.

The Russian president is due to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next week, and wrote that he favors negotiations with North Korea on military action.

The F-35 stealth fighters would be a key part of any United States pre-emptive strike on North Korea created to neutralize the country's defensive and counterstrike capabilities, Jerry Hendrix, a retired Navy captain and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, told CNN earlier this month.



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