In a turn of events absolutely nobody saw coming, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has urged the west to stop ‘intimidating’ North Korea.
The statement was made in China following North Korea’s random missile test launch yesterday where they fired a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.
In the aftermath of the launch, both the U.S. and South Korea called for new sanctions on the totalitarian state, according to The Telegraph.
Putin claimed that the test was wrong of the rogue state but added that trying to bully Kim Jong-un and his nation were totally ‘unaceptable’.
Speaking at a Chinese economic summit, Putin said:
We are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers. We consider (the missile test) counter-productive, harmful and dangerous.
But we must stop intimidating North Korea and find a peaceful solution to this problem.
Putin added that although the recent North Korean missile test landed just 60 miles off the Russian coast it did not pose any threat to Russian security.
Despite pulling out of diplomatic talks back in 2009, Putin believes the only way to resolve tensions with Korea is by talking to them, not threatening them. A move which to me seems the right way to go about things.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.