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02 September 2017, 12:46 | Simon Arnold
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.
"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.
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