Japan is making plans to evacuate 60,000 of its Citizens from South Korea after Vladamir Putin warned that “the North Korean nuclear crisis could lead to a global planetary catastrophe.”
It has also been reported from South Korea that North Korea has been spotted moving a rocket that appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards its west coast.
The missile is reported to be only moved at night to avoid surveillance.
Daily Mail reports:
The North Korea nuclear crisis could lead to a global planetary catastrophe, Vladimir Putin warned today.
Speaking after a summit in China, the Russian president condemned the rogue state’s detonation of a hydrogen bomb on Sunday as ‘provocative’.
But he warned against ‘useless and inefficient’ sanctions, saying they could escalate tensions.
‘All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims,’ he said.
His comments at a BRICS summit in Xiamen came after North Korea reportedly moved an intercontinental ballistic missile to its coast amid warnings from the US that Kim Jong-un is ‘begging for war’.
Mr Putin called for talks with North Korea, and warned against ‘military hysteria’.
He said it was important that all parties, including North Korea, should not face ‘threats of annihilation’ and ‘step on the path of cooperation’.
The Russian leader added: ‘Whipping up military hysteria makes absolutely no sense in this situation. This is a road to nowhere.’
This morning, South Korea’s Asia Business Daily, citing an unidentified source, reported that North Korea had been spotted moving a rocket that appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards its west coast.
The rocket started moving on Monday and was spotted moving only at night to avoid surveillance, the report said.
South Korea’s defence ministry, which warned on Monday that North Korea was ready to launch an ICBM at any time, said they were unable to confirm the contents of the report.
Pyongyang in July fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the US mainland into range and Seoul has said it could be planning another test.
Meanwhile Japan is planning for a possible mass evacuation of nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens living in or visiting South Korea amid heightened tensions with the North.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a meeting: ‘We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people.
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