Russian Federation has shown off President Vladimir Putin as action man - bare-chested horse rider, black-belt judoka and ice hockey player. Several years ago, Pyongyang announced that it was suspending its nuclear program, but the patience of some partners was not enough, he said.
Putin was captured on camera on Sunday sitting down at a grand piano in a Chinese state residence, and performing a few slightly hesitant chords of two popular Soviet-era compositions, "Moscow Windows" and "Evening Song". The launch was carried out in compliance with the security of neighboring states, the KCNA said, adding that the objective was to assess the "tactical and technological parameters of a new type of ballistic missile meant for a large nuclear warhead".
The Russian president called on all parties to "find peaceful solutions".
Putin went on to add that while he's paying close attention to the actions of Kim Jong-Un, he doesn't necessarily want to jump into a situation where the world is forcing North Korea's hand.
While there was "no significant damage" to Russian institutions such as banks and hospitals, Putin said the incident was "worrisome" and warranted immediate talks "on a serious political level". A source familiar with the matter said the ministry did not lose any information in the attacks. The missile fell in the central part of the Sea of Japan some 500 kilometers away from Russia's territory.
Russian Federation is one of the few countries that has diplomatic relations with North Korea.
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Monday said Moscow was opposed to any new country acquiring nuclear weapons, but that the world should talk to North Korea rather than threaten it.
The Trump administration declared early on that the waiting was over, and followed through by deploying a U.S. strike group, led by the aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson, to the waters off the Korean Peninsula.
"The US has recognized that direct military confrontation didn't work all that well last time, didn't have the effect that they had desired so will let (further developments) play out in the UNSC", Baker said.