North Korea has labelled its sixth nuclear test explosion “a ‘gift package’ addressed to none other than the US.” Its ambassador to the United Nations said the detonations were ‘self-defence measures’ and warned ‘pressure or sanctions’ on DPRK would never work.
Russia appeared to agree. Speaking on the fringes of the BRICS summit in China, President Vladimir Putin condemned what he called the ‘provocative tests’, but added:
“Imposing tougher sanctions in this context would be useless and ineffective.”
“Whipping up military hysteria makes absolutely no sense in this situation … This is a road to nowhere,” he said, saying that threats of military action could trigger “a global catastrophe.”
threats of military action could trigger “a global catastrophe”.
Putin said sanctions would not lead to a change of leadership in Pyongyang.