Putin: Stop in­tim­i­dat­ing North Korea

New Straits Times - - World -

ERNESTO ABELLA, Duterte spokesman BEI­JING: Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said yes­ter­day that North Korea’s lat­est mis­sile test was “dan­ger­ous”, but warned that Py­ongyang was be­ing in­tim­i­dated and called for a peace­ful so­lu­tion to re­giona l t e nsions.

“We are against the ex­pan­sion of the club of nu­clear pow­ers,” Putin said af­ter an in­ter­na­tional fo­rum here.

“We con­sider the mis­sile test coun­ter­pro­duc­tive, harm­ful and dan­ger­ous,” Putin said.

But, he added: “We must stop in­tim­i­dat­ing North Korea and find a peace­ful so­lu­tion to this prob­lem.”

North Korea cel­e­brated Sun­day’s launch of what ap­peared to be its long­est-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile yet tested in a bid to bring the United States main­land within reach, say­ing it was ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing a “heavy nu­clear war­head”.

The mis­sile was launched on an un­usu­ally high tra­jec­tory, with KCNA say­ing it flew to an al­ti­tude of 2,111.5km and trav­elled 787km be­fore com­ing down in the Sea of Ja­pan (East Sea).

The White House said on Sun­day that the mis­sile came down so close to Rus­sian soil that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump can­not imag­ine that Rus­sia is pleased”.

But Rus­sia’s de­fence min­istry said the mis­sile landed about 500km from its ter­ri­tory and posed no threat. AFP

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