Japan, S.Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions

Russian President Putin attends a news conference after BRICS Summit in Xiamen

Denouncing what he called Washington's "boorish and unprecedented" actions toward Russia's diplomatic facilities in the United States, Putin said that he will order the Foreign Ministry to take the US authorities to court over what he said was a violation of Russia's property rights.

The comments came during a news conference at an economic summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen.

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Asked by a reporter if he was disappointed with Trump, Putin said: "Whether I am disappointed or not, your question sounds very naive - he is not my bride and, likewise, I am neither his bride nor bridegroom".

Putin has repeatedly insisted that further economic pressure on Pyongyang will not work and insisted that the only route is diplomacy. But our country's patience is not unlimited. That has largely been derailed by allegations about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

He said the United States was erroneously counting 155 Russian diplomats working at the United Nations headquarters in NY as being Russian diplomats on USA soil.

Yet the series of tit-for-tat expulsions and punishments seems unlikely to end there, and Russian Federation says it is weighing options.

Any US decision to supply arms to Ukraine may prompt the rebels "to send their weapons into other zones of the conflict that are sensitive for those who are creating problems for them", Putin said, without elaborating.

Moscow said the move aimed to bring the number of USA and Russian diplomats working on each other's soil to parity. Russian Federation has so far refused to contemplate doing either.

Pyongyang was being offered the prospect of no new sanctions if it froze its weapons programmes, but Putin said North Korea believed the wider risks to its own security outweighed the potential economic benefits of such a concession. Seoul has said the North could be planning another missile test. Whipping up military hysteria. "All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims".

Putin was speaking after South Korea said an agreement with the United States to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to the North Korea threat after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test two days ago.

"We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner", Abe said.

China on Thursday signalled it would support the United Nations taking further measures against North Korea following the test. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appeared to be "begging for war".

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