Amid US-Russia diplomatic row, Putin says Trump 'not my bride'

BRICS Summit kicks off in Xiamen

Speaking after the meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution to the country's nuclear and missile development.

Vladimir Putin, speaking at a press conference following a BRICS meeting in Xiamen in China, struck a discord with Washington's approach to the North Korea crisis when he criticized the pursuit of further sanctions as useless and denounced military threats against the regime of Kim Jong-Un as risky, reports Xinhua news agency. "It could cause a global catastrophe and an enormous loss of life".

North Korea has long maintained it wants nuclear weapons and long-range missiles in order to deter the U.S. from attempting to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un, reported CNN, citing Putin.

Geng says the THAAD system would aggravate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and jeopardize the strategic and security interests of China and other countries.

North Korea's detonation of a hydrogen bomb on Sunday marked its most powerful nuclear test to date.

Russia's United Nations ambassador says that despite good intentions, sanctions against North Korea aren't working and Moscow wants a new United Nations resolution to focus more on a political solution of the crisis over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

It is equally important that political elites in Japan and South Korea put pressure on America to abide by the wishes of regional nations. Most of Russia's exports to North Korea are oil, coal and refined products. "Everyone knows that and everyone in North Korea knows that". If they are removed from the equation, Putin said, Russian Federation has fewer than 455 diplomats in the United States.

Putin said it's not Russia's place to publicly speak of what could happen for Russian-American relations if Trump were to be impeached, according to RT.

Russian Federation has veto power as a permanent UN Security Council member along with China, the United States, Britain, and France.

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

Putin reportedly said that the US government was acting like bullies, and that technically, of those 455 Americans, 155 of them are working with the United Nations.

North Korea has test-fired a number of missiles this summer, including two long-range ones in July and an intermediate-range one in August that overflew the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

On the subject of North Korea, which recently tested a hydrogen bomb, Putin criticized the USA for urging Russian Federation to join sanctions against North Korea shortly after slapping Russian Federation with broad financial sanctions.

China and Russian Federation have advocated a "freeze for freeze" plan, where the United States and Seoul halt major military drills in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs, but neither side is willing to budge.

China has once again urged the USA and South Korea to halt the deployment of a high-tech missile defense system in South Korea.

China, which accounts for roughly 90 percent of North Korea's worldwide trade, has slammed Trump's suggestion, calling it "unacceptable" and "unfair".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as provocation.



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