Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against imposing new sanctions against North Korea over its Nuclear Missile programme terming any new sanctions as “useless and ineffective”.
“They will eat grass, but they won’t abandon their program unless they feel secure” he said at the BRICS summit held in Xiamen, China..
Putin warned that any new sanctions will escalate the tensions further and would lead to a “global catastrophe” with mass sufferings. He said the only way to the situation is through diplomacy.
He however condemned the North Korea’s nuclear test as “provocative”.
“We know that North Korea has nukes, we also know that North Korea has long-range artillery and it has other types of weapons and there are no weapons against long-range artillery — and these weapons can be difficult to locate.
“So we think that this military hysteria will not lead to good results. It could lead to global catastrophe with lots of victims.”
He also cited the example of Saddam Hussein and told the reporters that Kim Jon un knows that the survival of his regime depend on the Nuclear Missile Project. “Saddam Hussein rejected the production of weapons of mass destruction, but even under that pretense, he was destroyed and members of his family were killed,” Putin said.
“The country was demolished and Saddam Hussein was hanged. Everyone knows that and everyone in North Korea knows that.”
The UN Security Council is expected to vote on the new sanctions drafted by US on September 11.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday that Trump administration would try to seek the strongest possible sanctions against North Korea saying the regime is “begging for war”.
The recent crisis escalated with North Korea conducting its 6th nuclear test, raising alarms all over the world. This was after its recent missile launch over the Japanese territory. The seemingly aggressive stance of North Korea is the biggest international crisis the world is facing and Pyongyang doesn’t seem to be in the mood to stop.
The world diplomacy and peace in the wake of this current development is certainly hanging in a fine balance and dealing with North Korea emerges to be the toughest challenge of all.