North Korea Nuclear Test: Kim Jong-un 'Begging For War'

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Imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear missile programme would be counterproductive, and threats of military action could trigger "a global catastrophe", Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Putin dismissed a question about whether he was disappointed with a wry remark, saying that he and Trump were not newlyweds. Putin's not talking about Donald Trump here, or even Barack Obama, who once notoriously said, "I don't know what the term is in Austrian".

Trump has previously said that "all options are on the table" concerning USA retaliation should North Korea target the United States or any of its overseas territories, including Guam.

"The fact that the Americans reduced the number of our diplomatic institutions is their right", Putin told reporters.

The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier said in a statement that, on September 2, the U.S. authorities seized the buildings of the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco and the Trade Mission in Washington, which are the Russian property and enjoy diplomatic immunity.

Russian Federation will ask the U.N. Security Council to send peacekeepers to patrol the front line in eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, a development greeted by Germany as new opportunity for detente.

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said: "Enough is enough. we must adopt the strongest possible measures".

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"It is hard to hold dialogue with those people who mix up Austria with Australia. Probably such is the level of political culture of a certain part of the USA establishment".

Later on Sunday Putin also had a phone call with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and they both condemned Pyongyang's bomb test, Peskov said. "The American side stripped Russian Federation of the right to use our property". We are engaged in the activities of the state and every country has its own interests. The Russian leader, a former head of his country's intelligence services, also said that sanctions, like those put in place against the North's economy last month by the United Nations Security Council, are "useless and ineffective".

Putin also seemed a little sensitive about Trump, too.

Russian Federation denies meddling the US election, despite powerful evidence, and Trump denies that there was any collusion between his campaign or transition team and Russian Federation. "Let's see how the situation develops".

Mr Putin's insulting remarks about U.S. political establishment on Tuesday suggest that the Kremlin has given up hope that Mr Trump, who advocated friendlier ties with Moscow while campaigning for the United States presidency past year, is either willing or able to deliver a thaw.

"Strictly speaking, if we are talking about full parity, there should be not 455 USA diplomats in [Russia] but [455] minus 155".

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