ALSO READNorth Korea test of hydrogen bomb heightens Kim Jong Un's threats N Korea claims it has 'advanced hydrogen bomb' as Trump, Abe discuss crisis What's the difference between a hydrogen bomb and a regular atomic bomb? North Korea quake 9.8 times more powerful than 5th: South Korean media Hydrogen bomb test 'perfect success': North Korea
Russian President Vladimir Putin today warned of a global "catastrophe" unless a diplomatic solution over North Korea is reached, saying imposing further sanctions on Pyongyang would be useless.
Putin's comments, following an international summit in China, came after the United States called for the "strongest possible measures" against North Korea for detonating what it called a hydrogen bomb on Sunday.
The announcement and North Korea's claim that it could mount the warhead on a missile, dramatically upped the stakes in Pyongyang's standoff with the international community over its banned weapons programmes.
Putin said Russia "condemns" North Korea's actions as "provocative".
"But resorting to just any sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient," he told reporters in the Chinese city of Xiamen following the annual summit of the five-nation BRICS club of emerging economies.
Putin called for dialogue on the crisis and warned against other actions that could cause the situation to escalate.
"All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims," he said.
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)