President Moon heads to Russian Federation for regional forum

Putin warns of'global catastrophe over North Korea impasse

Putin warns of'global catastrophe over North Korea impasse

"I firmly expressed the position of Russian Federation to President Moon Jae-in", Putin said.

In biting and sometimes caustic remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin waded into Russia's diplomatic row with the United States on Tuesday, saying Moscow could further cut USA diplomatic staffing in Russia and calling US searches of a Russian consulate and other diplomatic properties "boorish".

"Diplomacy is the only way to solve the North Korean nuclear problem", Putin said.

His remarks were made on the sidelines of an economic forum in the Russian port city of Vladivostok which is also being attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korea's Moon Jae-In.

The move comes amid tensions over North Korea's latest nuclear test.

Abe also said that Russian Federation and Japan should put an end to the abnormal situation in bilateral relations by signing a peace treaty. North Korea said it would respond to any new United Nations sanctions and USA pressure with "powerful counter-measures".

Trump has previously said that "all options are on the table" concerning USA retaliation should North Korea target the United States or any of its overseas territories, including Guam.

But Putin said more sanctions are not an answer and would only cause hardship for the North Korean people.

The risk of a nuclear confrontation on Russia's doorstep-Vladivostok only lies about 200 miles away from the North Korean missile test site of Punggye-ri-concerns Putin, who has warned about inflammatory rhetoric and supported further dialogue.

Last year, China shipped just over 96,000 tonnes of gasoline and nearly 45,000 tonnes of diesel to North Korea, where it is used across the economy, from fishermen and farmers to truckers and the military.

A statement from China's Foreign Ministry said Xi told Trump that Beijing was "unswervingly" working to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, on Monday called on the Security Council to impose the strongest possible sanctions on Pyongyang.

"Let's see how well the much-praised American legal system works in practice", he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on September 5 that he could order a further reduction of United States diplomatic staff in his country as a response to the US's recent actions towards their staff.

South Korea has said the launchers for the US missile defense system known as Thaad would be installed in the face of the growing threat from Pyongyang. -South Korea exercises which threaten North Korea's security. It ordered travel agencies to stop selling tour packages to South Korea and took steps against Lotte Group, one of South Korea's largest family-run conglomerates, which offered up the land that hosts Thaad's missile battery.

Russia's exports of crude oil to North Korea were tiny at about 40 000 tonnes a year, Putin said. Russian Federation answered by reducing the number of USA diplomatic staff in the country.

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