Putin warns of "global catastrophe" over North Korea missile tests

Putin says tougher N Korea sanctions senseless, warns of 'global catastrophe'

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Tuesday of a global catastrophe unless a diplomatic solution is reached over North Korea, but rejected U.S. calls for more sanctions as "useless", widening a split among major powers over how to rein in Pyongyang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un would have his people "eat grass" before giving up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

The 29-nation USA -led alliance expressed full solidarity with Japan and South Korea, North Korea's neighbors.

Mr Putin called for talks with North Korea, and warned against "military hysteria".

South Korea has detected "continued activities" related to North Korea missile tests, according to a government official who asked not to be named in line with government policy.

While China opposed the deployment, many argue that it is an effective step to check any threat against South Korea, Japan or the USA from Pyongyang.

Putin took a similar tack in talks Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Trump has been pushing for the United Nations to impose more sanctions, all the while insisting the USA would launch a "major military response" if North Korea continued to threaten it or its allies. Kang told parliament that her nation is working with the us for the "strongest" measures against North Korea.

A Gallup Korea survey showed earlier that 60 percent of South Korean adults back the idea of their country going nuclear, while 35 percent are against it.

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"We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner", Putin said during a news conference after meeting with Moon on Wednesday in Vladivostock.

Putin's comments, following an worldwide summit in China, came after the United States called for the "strongest possible measures" against North Korea for detonating what it called a hydrogen bomb on Sunday.

The US is mulling fresh sanctions against North Korea after its ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley called on the body's Security Council to impose tougher measures against Pyongyang.

Kang said the decision to deploy THAAD was the only praiseworthy thing the Moon administration has done so far, but Friday's statement from Moon was full of excuses toward anti-THAAD forces and China, which has strongly protested the deployment.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated Beijing's opposition to South Korea's deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System, also known as THAAD.

North Korea claims it now has the capability of mounting a thermonuclear weapon on a long-range missile capable of striking the United States.

Two launchers have been operational at the site since May, CNN reported. The trade issue is unrelated to North Korea but has been a source of tension between the two allies. Putin said that Russian Federation would sue the US over the closure, an action that was confirmed later by the Kremlin.

"It would be extremely hard to advance the situation at hand without political and diplomatic instruments", he said. That appeared to be derailed by the detonation of a 120kt nuclear or thermonuclear weapon on September 3, 2017 (the sixth and largest nuclear detonation on North Korean soil), and the launch of an unarmed North Korean ICBM overflying Japan on August 29, 2017.

The Japanese prime minister also will meet later Thursday with Putin.

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