Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of a global catastrophe unless a diplomatic solution is reached over North Korea. Speaking to media in the Chinese city of Xiamen following a summit of the five-nation BRICS club of emerging economies yesterday, he also rejected US calls for more sanctions as “useless.
His comments appeared to draw the lines for a clash at the United Nations pitting Moscow and Beijing against Washington and its allies.
US on Monday demanded the “strongest possible measures” against North Korea for detonating what Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a missile.
South Korea and Japan, plus permanent Security Council members France and Britain, have called for stronger measures against North Korea, with several arguing for a potentially crippling oil embargo.