02 September, 2017
Putin said that the situation in the Korean peninsula has deteriorated beyond anyone's imagination and things could get worse.
Putin, who is due to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next week, wrote in an article published on the Kremlin's web site ahead of his trip that he favored negotiations with North Korea instead. "Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road", Putin said. This "roadmap ... is created to promote the gradual easing of tensions and the creation of a mechanism for lasting peace and security", Putin wrote, per TASS.
Two days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump said on August 28 that "all options" were on the table in an implied threat of preemptive military action. -South Korean military exercises, which Pyongyang says it sees as preparations for invasion.
Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday fired a ballistic missile over Japan into the Pacific, escalating tensions over its atomic programme which have led to bellicose exchanges between Washington and Pyongyang.
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"It is also building sites to produce precision guided missile toward that end in both Syria and in Lebanon", Netanyahu said . It came as Israeli lawmakers visited Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Tuesday for the first time in two years.
"All possible sanctions aimed at preventing North Korea from using a map of external relations for the development of missile and nuclear programs banned by the [UN] Security Council, all conceivable and even unimaginable sanctions, which have little to do directly with these areas of DPRK's [the Democratic People's Republic of Korea] activities, have already been adopted by the Security Council".
Moon's first visit to Russian Federation would come after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's launch on Tuesday of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, called Hwasong-12, which flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Four US F-35B fighter jets joined two US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in the joint US-South Korean flyover of the Korean Peninsula, an official with the South Korean air force told CNN.
Pyongyang denounced the drill Thursday, with the state news agency KCNA describing them as "wild military acts".