Putin: Stop intimidating North Korea
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