Not in love: Putin declares Trump is not his bride

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Russian strongman Vladimir Putin warned earlier Tuesday of a global catastrophe unless a diplomatic solution is reached over North Korea and rejected USA calls for more sanctions as "useless", widening a split among major powers over how to rein in Pyongyang.

Putin said that sanctions may help, but that implementing "just any sanctions" is "useless."South Korea began huge military drills on Tuesday in response to Pyongyang's hydrogen bomb tests".

However, on Monday, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Kim was "begging for war" and urged the UN Security Council to adopt the strongest sanctions measures possible to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Abe and Putin will hold talks on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

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He later refrained from criticising the US President directly in comments posted by Russian news agencies, saying Trump was "not my bride, and I'm not his groom". In January, President Obama ordered 35 Russian intelligence officers to leave the United States and seized two Russian diplomatic compounds in retaliation for accusations that the Kremlin tried to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

Putin added, "I think it would be totally not right on our part to discuss possible developments of the situation inside the USA itself".

The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and the 2011 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervention in Libya both came after the leaders of those countries submitted to global pressure and relinquished their programs of weapons of mass destruction in exchange for sanctions relief.

Mr Moon had called for Moscow to support stronger sanctions against Pyongyang, which conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

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In further developments, South Korea's Asia Business Daily reported that North Korea had been observed moving a rocket that appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile towards the country's west coast. "The American side stripped Russian Federation of the right to use our property".

Putin also said he won't hit back "for the time being" to the closing of the consulate, though he clarified that 155 of 455 Russian diplomats working in the USA were actually assigned to duties at the United Nations. "We are engaged in state affairs", he said. "But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among part of the American establishment", Putin noted. "But we are not going to do this now".

Ms Haley said the USA would circulate new draft sanctions and wants the Security Council to vote on them on Monday.

The ministry said Moscow remained committed to a joint Russian-Chinese proposal that would see Pyongyang halt weapons tests in return for the United States suspending military exercises in the region. "There's much more we can do economically".

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