Published: Sat, September 02, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

US Pressure on North Korea Is 'Futile': Putin

US Pressure on North Korea Is 'Futile': Putin

Soon after his arrival next Wednesday, Presidents Moon and Putin are expected to discuss ways to increase bilateral cooperation, including developing Russia's Far East, as well as resolving the North Korean nuclear issue and establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Vladimir Putin has warned that North Asia is "on the brink of a large-scale conflict" and - in an apparent rebuke to Donald Trump - suggested that dialogue is the only way forward. Putin also targeted the United States, saying that it should not have put pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear missile program. "The problems in the region will only be solved via direct dialogue between all concerned parties, without preconditions", Putin said in a Kremlin statement, warning that "threats, pressure and insulting and militant rhetoric are a dead end".

The Korean Peninsula is "balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict", Putin wrote in an article to be published on Friday before a summit of BRICS economies to be held in China on Sunday.

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USA heavy bombers and stealth jet fighters took part in a joint live fire drill in South Korea on Thursday, intended as a show of force against the North, Seoul said. -South Korean military exercises, which Pyongyang says it sees as preparations for invasion.

And earlier this week Pyongyang fire a ballistic missile over Japan, apparently in response to ongoing war exercises between the US and South Korea.

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Four US F-35B fighter jets joined two US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in the joint US-South Korean flyover of the Korean Peninsula, an official with the South Korean air force told CNN.

Russian Federation said it wanted Pyongyang to show restraint and avoid any new provocative actions, while calling on the U.S. and its allies to refrain from any military escalation. Just a few days back, North Korea had fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese territory.

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