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Putin Says At This Point, Sanctions Against North Korea Are 'Useless'

06 September 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin could force additional US diplomats to leave Russia after he previously closed two American facilities and expelled almost half the diplomats. The Russian diplomat strongly condemnted Pyongyang's nuclearttest, however, emphasized that no military solution to the North Korean crisis is acceptable.

Putin said Pyongyang should take a lesson from history, invoking Hussein's demise as Iraq's dictator in 2006, CNN reported.

"The country was demolished and Saddam Hussein was hanged".

He accused North Korea's leaders of "needlessly and recklessly (putting) millions of people at risk including its own citizens already suffering drought, hunger and serious violations of their human rights".

On Monday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Kim was "begging for war" and urged the UN Security Council to adopt the strongest sanctions measures possible to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"There's no other path except for a peaceful, diplomatic resolution of the North Korean nuclear problem", Putin said. These are not diplomats accredited by the US State Department, they are staff members of an worldwide organization. He told reporters that he's still optimistic about working more closely with Trump, which is why he's going to wait before responding to the latest move from the US State Department.

Putin said that the regime in North Korea will hold onto their nuclear weapons "as long as they do not feel safe".

N.Korea Can Fire Missile from Anywhere Now
History reveals that USA has been at war with North since the 1950-53 conflict that ended up in a truce rather than peace treaty. North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

According to experts, the weapons are nearly impossible to verify if the warhead and missile could be successfully paired unless North Korea were to fire a nuclear-tipped ICBM.

It did not say whether the conversation came before or after the North's claim about the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new ICBM. Novak also said that Moscow has not discussed the possibility of curbs on energy supplies to Pyongyang with its worldwide partners.

"Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it's a dead end", he added.

He warned that in the case of the Ukrainian conflict more arms would not lead to a radical change, would only cause more casualties and potentially cause the conflict to spill over to other regions.

Rattled by the test, South Korea conducted live-fire exercises at sea in its second straight day of military display.

The rogue state has been known to mark significant holidays with dramatic shows of force such as mssile and nuclear tests.

"As far as being disappointed or not disappointed is concerned, your question seems very naive", Putin told one reporter, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.

Putin Says At This Point, Sanctions Against North Korea Are 'Useless'