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Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' in N.Korea impasse

Vladimir Putin speaks during his news conference in Xiamen Fujian province China on Tuesday Sept. 5 2017. Putin has called for talks with North Korea warning against

Speaking at the recent BRICS summit in China, Putin claimed Moscow's trade with North Korea is already "practically zero".

North Korea should be involved in joint projects in order to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Eastern Economic Forum's plenary meeting.

The United States on Friday told the U.N. Security Council that it intends to call a meeting on Monday to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear program, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said in a statement.

Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin has slammed further sanctions on North Korea as "useless".

The U.S. military is to add more launchers Thursday to a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery that it began setting up in rural South Korea earlier this year.

"We must not yield to emotions or try to drive North Korea into a corner".

But Putin was reluctant to support Moon's push for harsher sanctions. He campaigned as a dove, promising re-engagement with Pyongyang, only to see Kim completely ignore him and escalate the situation with further nuclear and missile tests.

In its Wednesday statement, the South Korean defense ministry described the deployment of the four remaining launchers as "provisional" pending more environmental review. China and Russian Federation have been calling for talks, saying sanctions are not working.

Chinese officials have privately expressed fears that imposing an oil embargo could risk triggering massive instability in its neighbor.

Xi told the United States president during their 45-minute call that the North Korean issue must be resolved through "dialogue and consultation".

North Korea says it needs its weapons to protect itself from USA aggression and regularly threatens to destroy the United States.

The bid for the toughest penalties yet against North Korea comes despite renewed warnings against such moves by the leaders of China and Russian Federation, which have veto power in the Security Council.

"We had a very good phone call". Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke for 45 minutes Wednesday. We'll see whether or not he can do it.

His efforts have been hampered by bellicose rhetoric on all sides of the North Korean issue, and worsening relations between Seoul and Washington. "I answer both questions in the affirmative", the Russian president said addressing participants in the Eastern Economic Forum. But the reality that we can not avoid and that we must not ignore is that the North Korean nuclear issue can not be resolved through military means alone and that, in the end, it must be addressed through dialogue and negotiations. They have insisted on keeping the process of sanctions within the UNSC, where they can control the outcomes with more certainty.

It will lead to nothing, because what is happening now, of course, is a provocation from North Korea. "The key is to figure out what to do next".

"They [North Korea] believe that owing nuclear weapons and missile technology provides them with the only opportunity to defend themselves", he said. Pyongyang believes that the global community's next step will be inviting North Korea "to a cemetery".

"So, they expect the corresponding reaction from [their] partners, and they achieve it".

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) said it had been conducting tests on land, air and water samples since shortly after the North Korean nuclear test on Sunday. They have over 100 million people living in the region where fallout from this test might land if their underground facility doesn't properly contain the radioactive material.

"Do you think they'll give it up now?"

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