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Putin says pressure on North Korea is both ‘futile’ and a ‘dead-end road’

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the U.S. and others to avoid going down a “dead-end road” with North Korea on Friday, adding only dialogue without pre-conditions could resolve the crisis.

“Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile,” Putin said in an article published overnight by the Kremlin, ahead of the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China.

“The region’s problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions. Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road,” he added.

North Korea has conducted a flurry of missile tests in recent weeks amid escalating international unease, prompting Putin to weigh in on Friday and warn that the ongoing geopolitical dispute is “balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict.”

Tensions concerning Pyongyang’s nuclear missile program have accelerated since a war of words broke out between U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean government last month.

Last week, the U.S. and Japan imposed fresh sanctions on entities and organizations that support North Korea, including those in China and Russia.

On Tuesday, Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan in a move which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described as an “unprecedented” threat to his country. Trump also criticized the missile launch, suggesting it was an act of “contempt.”

The missile, which was fired early on Tuesday local time, flew over Hokkaido Island before crashing into the sea. The test appeared to have been conducted in response to an ongoing joint military exercise being carried out by the U.S. and South Korea.

Source:  NBC News

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