'Everybody wants this dangerous situation resolved' - Turnbull on Trump's North Korea call

Jerome Frank
September 6, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin could force additional USA diplomats to leave Russia after he previously closed two American facilities and expelled almost half the diplomats. "It could lead to a global catastrophe", he told reporters. However, he called for dialogue and warned against other actions that could escalate the crisis. (But) ramping up military hysteria will lead to nothing good.

On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday during an emergency meeting of the National Security Council that the Kim Jong-un regime is "begging for war", adding: "There is no more road left" for diplomacy.

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"Resorting to just any sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient", he told reporters in the Chinese city of Xiamen following a summit of the five-nation BRICS club of emerging economies.

"The fact that Americans have reduced the number of diplomatic representations in the United States, well it is their right, but it was done not in a polite manner and that does not give credit to our American partners", Putin said Tuesday.

"It is of course embarrassing at the very least to place us on par with North Korea and then ask our help in exercising sanctions against North Korea", he said. South Korea has claimed that the North is making preparations for another ICBM test. One issue Putin underlined as being particularly insulting is the suggestion that Russian Federation poses a threat like that of the world's rogue regimes.

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Moscow and Tokyo have not signed a peace treaty after World War II, when the Southern Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet territory. The Russian President brought up "what happened with Iraq and Saddam Hussein". "The country [Iraq] lies in ruins, Saddam Hussein was hanged".

In a telephone conversation with Mr Putin on Monday, he urged Russia's support for stronger sanctions against North Korea, such as cutting off oil supplies and banning the use of exported North Korean workers who are seen as a key foreign currency source for Pyongyang.

Mr Moon said the leaders agreed that reducing regional tension and "quickly solving" the security challenges posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programme were critical.

South Korea said it was talking to Washington about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula.

The North has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in the past year despite sanctions, testing two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and firing a missile over Japan last week.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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