Putin: Russia reserves right to further cut US diplomatic mission

Posted September 06, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear missile program would be counter-productive and said threats of military action could trigger "a global catastrophe".

"They'll eat grass, but they won't abandon their programme unless they feel secure", he told reporters yesterday at an emerging markets summit in Xiamen, China, which was hosted by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin has slammed further sanctions on North Korea as "useless". "Let's wait and see how the situation develops further", he said.

Vladimir Putin has insisted President Trump was "not my bride and I'm not his groom" as he criticised the United States for its treatment of Russian diplomats on American soil.

The American plan to close the three diplomatic facilities followed Moscow's order for nearly half of USA personnel to leave their positions in Russian Federation and the seizure of two U.S. diplomatic properties in response to expanded sanctions passed by Congress.

Russia's Foreign Ministry says US security forces plan to search the building after it is vacated.

The Russian leader also said Tuesday he could sue USA authorities over violating Russian property rights.

Russian Federation and China did back the last US -drafted package of North Korea sanctions last month, but Moscow has since called for no new sanctions to be implemented against Pyongyang. "This is the business of the U.S".

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Nauert also noted the United States was allowing Russian Federation to maintain additional annexes "in an effort to arrest the downward spiral in our relationship" but was "prepared to take further action as necessary and as warranted".

"I will order the foreign ministry to go to court - and let's see just how efficient the much-praised United States judiciary is".

Russia's foreign ministry slammed the U.S. move as a "blatantly hostile act" and demanded a reversal of the order.

On Tuesday, making his first public reaction to the issue, Putin called the confiscation "unprecedented" and "a violation of Russia's property rights".

South Korea's defence ministry said it was already strengthening its defences, in part by deploying more US-made Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile launchers.

President Vladimir Putin seemed to be in top form during a news conference in China on Tuesday, answering a question about President Donald Trump by saying the US leader is "not my bride, and I am not his groom".

One of the topics raised during the meeting became the lingering battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) in Syria, where the Syrian armed forces aided by the Russian Air Force managed to lift the three-year siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor on Tuesday, Antonov said, calling it "a great victory of Russian armed forces in Syria".

The most recent measures, imposed last month following Pyongyang's July firing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the United States mainland into range, zeroed in on the economy.