May 23, 2018

N.Korea near 'large-scale conflict': Putin

02 September 2017, 12:46 | Simon Arnold

Shen Yi-ming and Fan Ta-wei

Shen Yi-ming and Fan Ta-wei

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that the tense standoff between North Korea and the United States was on the verge of large-scale conflict and said it was a mistake to try to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear missile program.

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. Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road'.

"It is essential to resolve the region's problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions (for such talks)", Putin, whose country shares a border with North Korea, wrote on the Kremlin's web site. This "roadmap ... is created to promote the gradual easing of tensions and the creation of a mechanism for lasting peace and security", Putin wrote, per TASS.

The missile launch prompted outrage from Japan and the UN Security Council, while South Korea and the USA conducted test bombings in a show of force.

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.

Hours ago, USA fighter jets and bombers conducted a show of force alongside Japanese and South Korean allies, days afterNorth Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan.

"We have a common goal - denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, so that neither the North nor the South, the US and us [Russia] have nuclear weapons", Lavrov said. Just a few days back, North Korea had fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese territory.

Trump also said "talking is not the answer" to the crisis, without giving more details about his next move.

Lee said Seoul and Washington continue to monitor North Korea's activities, acknowledging Pyongyang is capable of conducting another nuclear test "at any time within a short period of preparations".

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.

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