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.
In an article sent to the media, President Putin said: “Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile programme is misguided and futile.
“The region’s problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions. Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road.”
The article, which warned that the Korean Peninsula is “balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict”, was sent to media in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the BRICS member states – ahead of a summit of BRICS economies in China.
The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2017
The Russian premier’s comments are a stark contrast to those of his US counterpart who earlier in the week tweeted: “The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!”
It is the latest in a series of strongly-worded threats from Donald Trump, who warned that North Korea would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if they continuing to threaten the US.
The warning prompted a threat from North Korea to launch a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.
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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