Putin does not recognise North Korea's nuclear status

Image from broadcast that N Korea claimed as the launch

Mr Moon had called for Moscow to support stronger sanctions against Pyongyang, which conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

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

This is likely to be the case, as the move makes South Korea's top of the line missiles broadly obsolete, and is meant to set the stage for a major new round of U.S. arms sales, with bigger United States missiles being sold to the South Koreans, and well-connected arms makers profiting.

Economic cooperation was one of the main focal points of the joint press conference between the Presidents of South Korea and Russian Federation.

"Whipping up military hysteria makes absolutely no sense in this situation", Putin said.

"The sanctions, which, according to the UN Security Council, should have impacted North Korea's stance, have already been imposed, but, unfortunately, they have failed to achieve the desired effect", the diplomat stressed.

"We also shared the view that nuclear arms and missiles sought by the North are leading down the wrong path, and that it was urgently needed to ease tensions", he said.

According to Denisov, further toughening sanctions against Pyongyang would be unwise.

Speaking at the close of the summit of the BRICS club of emerging economies in China, Putin cautioned against "military hysteria" and called for diplomacy to help resolve the crisis, CNN reported. The U.S. military said the four remaining Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries would be deployed on a golf course in the south of the country on Thursday. North Korea says it needs to develop its weapons to defend itself against what it sees as United States aggression. "We estimate this was far bigger than previous nuclear tests". That calculation has held, even while China's interests have diverged from those of North Korea.

"That does not reflect well on our American partners", Putin said (via Politico).

The paper said this was no time for "radical measures" like halting crude oil supply to the North. "It could lead to a global catastrophe", he said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang batted off a question at a briefing in Beijing on whether his nation would consider limiting oil shipments to North Korea. "China has not just influence but has numerous levers that are needed to change behaviour in North Korea", Fallon told BBC radio.

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