İrem Uzun –TDO- The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has warned that the escalating North Korean crisis could cause a “planetary catastrophe” and huge loss of life, and considered pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is “useless”
On Sunday, September 3, North Korea carried out its sixth and by far its most powerful nuclear test to date. The underground blast triggered a magnitude-6.3 earthquake and was more powerful than the bombs dropped by the US on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War. On September 4, the US said that it would implement a new UN resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday. About the decision, Putin said that “It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life. “We all remember what happened with Iraq and Saddam Hussein. His children were killed, I think his grandson was shot, the whole country was destroyed and Saddam Hussein was hanged ... We all know how this happened and people in North Korea remember well what happened in Iraq. They will eat grass but will not stop their nuclear programme as long as they do not feel safe. There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue,” he also said. He emphasised that diplomacy is the only way to solve the problem.
At a nuclear disarmament conference on Tuesday, Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said that Pyongyang’s nuclear test is a “gift package” for the US.“The recent self-defence measures by my country, are a gift package addressed to none other than the US,” ambassador said. “The US will receive more ‘gift packages’ from my country as long as its relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK,” he added.