Putin says putting pressure on North Korea is a 'dead-end road'

"I have to say a few words about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have grown recently and the situation is balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict", he wrote.

But Putin wrote in an article: 'Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile programme is misguided and futile. "Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road", he stated.

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

Putin said a roadmap drawn up by Russian Federation and China - which have relatively warm ties with Pyongyang and wield influence as permanent members of the UN Security Council - was a way to gradually reduce the tensions.

Pyongyang has also threatened to fire rockets towards the US South Pacific territory of Guam.

The UN Security Council denounced North Korea's latest missile test, unanimously demanding that Pyongyang halt the programme.

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Russian Federation voted along with the rest of the U.N. Security Council in imposing stricter sanctions on North Korea following the two missile test launches in July, even though Moscow reject the claims, made by both North Korea and the USA, that the rocket tested was a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

U.S. 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, Seoul said.

US President Donald Trump, subsequently tweeted: "The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow", he told RTL radio.

September 9 is the anniversary of North Korea's founding and government.

On Thursday, four US F-35B fighter jets joined two US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in a joint US-South Korean drill, which simulated a surgical strike on key enemy facilities, over the Pilsung Range in the eastern province of Gangwon, South Korea. The US, UK and other Western allies are prone to impose new heavy sanctions on Pyongyang even outside the UN Security Council.

  • Adam Floyd