Putin rails at 'boorish' USA over closure of diplomatic mission

KOREAN GOVERNMENT VIA KCNA AND KNS JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION AP PROVIDES ACCESS TO THIS HANDOUT

KOREAN GOVERNMENT VIA KCNA AND KNS JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION AP PROVIDES ACCESS TO THIS HANDOUT

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russian oil supplies to North Korea were negligible, responding to heightened global scrutiny of the ties between Moscow and the leadership in Pyongyang.

Drawing a parallel between US interventions against Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi and the current North Korean situation, Putin suggested that Pyongyang would abandon its nuclear weapons if the safety of the regime were guaranteed.

A key observation point from the Moon, Putin summit today - in fact, the South Korean president's visit to Russia altogether this time around - will be how much of a support, endorsement, but most of all cooperation from the Russia how big of a role Russia can and will play in reining in North Korea.

North Korea launched its sixth test of a nuclear weapon Sunday with seismological data indicating the weapon was the most powerful ever to be detonated by Pyongyang, according to nuclear experts.

Activists and analysts have insisted that this is far from the case, and that diplomacy is the only way to avoid a "nuclear nightmare". "So I wish to work together to have North Korea stop its provocations and find ways to fundamentally resolve the North Korean nuclear issue", Moon added, Yonhap news agency reported. "Clearly bloviating and sanctions are failing".

The plan, which would see Pyongyang suspend its nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korean military drills, was previously rejected by Washington.

At a Conference on Disarmament in Geneva Wednesday, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations called Sunday's nuclear test a "gift package" for the U.S. - and warned there would be more.

New sanctions could also seek to curb tourism to the country.

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He said that Russian Federation condemns the actions of North Korea, although he believes that any further sanctions and warnings against Pyongyang will be a waste off time.

The US is mulling fresh sanctions against North Korea after its ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley called on the body's Security Council to impose tougher measures against Pyongyang.

"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 hard to locate".

Mr Putin said North Korea's neighbours should engage with it, not whip up "military hysteria".

"He's not my bride, and I'm also not his bride or groom", Putin said on Tuesday during a summit in China.

"If all these conditions are met, I believe such a deployment would certainly benefit the process of solving the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine", Putin said.

North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date on Sunday, triggering USA warnings of a "massive military response".

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