NKorea Will ‘Eat Grass’ Before Giving Up Nukes
Tuesday, Russia’s President,Vladimir Putin, condemned NKorea’s latest nuclear test, but also warned against using military force against the country, calling it a “road to nowhere” that could lead to a “global catastrophe.”
Russia condemns NKorea’s nuclear test as “provocative,” President Putin told a televised news conference in China. But he stopped short of expressing willingness to impose more sanctions on North Korea, saying Moscow viewed them as “useless and ineffective.”
President Putin said North Korea’s neighbors should engage with it, not whip up “military hysteria.”
“It’s a road to nowhere. Whipping up military hysteria, this will lead to no good,” he said. “It could cause a global catastrophe and an enormous loss of life.”
NKorea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date Sunday, triggering warnings from the United States of a “massive military response.” Rattled by the test, SKorea Tuesday conducted live-fire exercises at sea in its second straight day of military displays.
The Russian President, in China for a BRICS Summit told reporters that he had remarked to 1 of his counterparts at the talks that North Korea “will eat grass but will not give up the (nuclear) program, if they don’t feel safe.”
President Putin said it was important that all parties affected by the crisis, including North Korea, not face “threats of annihilation” and “step on the path of cooperation.”
Russia’s UN Ambassador echoed President Putin’s remarks later in the day.
Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Russia said sanctions against NKorea aren’t working and Moscow wants a new UN resolution on NKorea to focus more on a political solution.
Amb. Nebenzia said the only initiative on paper is a Chinese-Russian suspension-for-suspension proposal that would halt NKorean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and SKorea halting their joint military exercises.