Russian Federation does not accept DPRK's nuclear status: Putin

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Putin said he was looking forward to see how the "vaunted" USA court system worked. "Probably such is the level of political culture of a certain part of the USA establishment". According to him, it was counterproductive trying to inflate the military hysteria and it was not going to culminate into anything productive.

But speaking at the closure of the BRICs summit in Beijing - which hosted the leaders of Brazil, India, China and South Africa - Putin said that while Russian Federation condemned North Korea's latest actions, imposing any kind of sanctions would be "useless and ineffective".

Speaking to CNN this week, Moon Chung-in, a special adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said the government had dropped its previous skepticism over THAAD "partly because of American pressure and partly because of the heightened threat of North Korea".

Russian Federation has maintained that the situation on the Korean Peninsula must be resolved through diplomatic means and has been critical of Washington's plans for proposing a new draft resolution to the UN Security Council.

Putin took a similar tack in talks Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that the escalating North Korean crisis could cause a "planetary catastrophe" and huge loss of life.

In regards to the vacancy notice for several Russian buildings and facilities, Putin said it was an "unprecedented thing".

"(I) hope to search for measures to fundamentally solve the North Korean nuclear issue and to prompt North Korea to stop provocations together (with Russia)". More than 90 percent of North Korea's export earnings come from China.

Earlier during a live broadcast of Putin's statement, there was initial confusion over a Korean translation of his speech that suggested Russian Federation would "never tolerate" North Korea's nuclear weapons, an approach with different policy consequences.

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If North Korea is recognized as a state armed with nuclear weapons, South Korea and Japan are likely to seek to possess nukes in response.

Putin also said he and Abe discussed the prospect of joint economic activities by their countries on the disputed Kurile islands.

The statement says both leaders stressed that the worldwide community has condemned North Korea's "provocations".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov notified his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson about that development during a phone conversation on Tuesday.

"All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims", he said.

North Korea on Tuesday, two days after its latest atomic test, declared itself a "full-fledged nuclear power in possession of ICBM as well as A-bomb and H-bomb".

Trump, himself battling allegations that his associates colluded with Russian Federation, grudgingly signed into law the new sanctions against Moscow that had been drawn up by Congress.

"We completely agreed that North Korea's nuclear test is a serious threat to the peace and stability of Korean peninsula as well as the region, and a grave challenge to the global non-proliferation regime", Abe told reporters.

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