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Putin calls North Korea sanctions
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Putin: North Korea sanctions “useless”


Russian President Vladimir Putin has said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is “useless”, stating “they’d rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme”.

The US said on 4 September it would table a new UN resolution on stricter sanctions following the latest test of a nuclear bomb by North Korea on 3 September.

Putin also said that enhancing “military hysteria” could lead to a global catastrophe.

He said diplomacy was the only answer.

China, the North’s main ally, has also called for a return to negotiations.

Meanwhile, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Han Tae-song, said his country’s recent “self-defence measures” were a “gift package addressed to the US”.

“The US will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea),” Reuters news agency quoted him as saying.

Putin was speaking at the meeting of the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Xiamen, China.

Although he condemned the North’s test as “provocative”, Putin said: “Sanctions of any kind would now be useless and ineffective.

“They’d rather eat grass than abandon their [nuclear weapons] programme unless they feel secure. And what can establish security? The restoration of international law. We should promote dialogue among all interested parties.”

Citing a “humanitarian aspect”, Putin said millions of people would suffer under tougher measures, adding: “Sanctions have been exhausted.”

Pan European Networks Ltd