Russia, France warn of explosive Korea situation

Now Putin is weighing on the situation between America and North Korea.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Friday of a "major conflict" looming on the Korean Peninsula, calling for talks to alleviate the crisis after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan this week.

"In Russia's opinion the calculation that it is possible to halt North Korea's nuclear missile programmes exclusively by putting pressure on Pyongyang is erroneous and futile", Putin wrote.

The Russian leader also described the escalating situation on the Korean Peninsula as "balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict" in an article published on the Kremlin's website on Thursday.

"The region's problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions".

"We urge North Korea to stop making rhetorical criticisms and threats and to come out to the path of dialogue and cooperation".

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Last month, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to impose more restrictive measures on Pyongyang, banning exports of coal, iron, lead, and seafood, the news channel recalled.

The Russian premier's comments are a stark contrast to those of his USA counterpart who earlier in the week tweeted: "The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years".

And earlier this week Pyongyang fire a ballistic missile over Japan, apparently in response to ongoing war exercises between the US and South Korea.

Two days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump said on August 28 that "all options" were on the table in an implied threat of preemptive military action. Over 40 representatives of United States companies and local government bodies will attend the third Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) hosted by Russian Federation in Vladivostok on September 6-7.

This year alone, North Korea has launched at least 13 missiles and some analysts believe it could have viable long-range nuclear missiles before the end of Trump's first term in early 2021.

Last week, Japan and the U.S. imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals that support Pyongyang, including those in China and Russian Federation.

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