Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' over North Korea nuclear crisis


The clashes came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia's Far East and repeated their calls for stronger punishment of North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies.

Putin also blasted calls for Russian Federation to join sanctions against North Korea shortly after slapping Russian Federation itself with broad financial sanctions.

Such efforts may help peacefully resolve the North Korean nuclear issue in turn, Moon insisted. Kim had seen how western intervention in Iraq had ended in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein after which the country was ravaged by war, Putin warned, and was determined not to suffer the same fate.

"It may be another reason for Putin to be so active in promoting a diplomatic solution", said Arbatov.

"The country was demolished and Saddam Hussein was hanged".

The draft text takes aim directly at North Korea's leadership with a freeze on leader Kim's assets as well as those of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea and the government of North Korea.

"We should treat that claim with scepticism, but the House must be under no illusion that this latest test marks another perilous advance in North Korea's nuclear ambitions".

North Korea on Sunday triggered global alarm when it detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, which was followed by signs that Pyongyang was preparing a new missile launch. It was the North's sixth nuclear test since 2006 - the first since Trump took office in January - and involved a device potentially vastly more powerful than a nuclear bomb.

The announcement and North Korea's claim that it could mount the warhead on a missile, dramatically upped the stakes in Pyongyang's standoff with the worldwide community over its banned weapons programmes.

"The Chinese are frustrated and dismayed by North Korea's conduct, but China has the greatest leverage, and with the greatest leverage comes the greatest responsibility", he told ABC radio on Monday.

"As for our buildings and facilities, this is an unprecedented thing", Putin said.

Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, has repeatedly joined China in calling for negotiations with Pyongyang, suggesting that the USA and South Korea halt all major war games in exchange for North Korea halting its testing programme.

Mr Johnson said Pyongyang's latest nuclear test was a matter of global concern.

South Korean army's K-1 tanks move during a military exercise in Paju, South Korea.