by Graham Pierrepoint
North Korea’s recent nuclear testing was felt across the world in recent days – with the Richter scale tipping past 6 and with observatories as far flung as Australia taking note of what was alleged to be a hydrogen bomb tested out by Kim Jong Un’s military. It is the latest move in a series of rhetoric from the state and in a global culture that is becoming more gripped by fear by the day – with terrorism still rife across Europe, the Middle East and America, it remains to be seen where it will all end – but one of the major figureheads in world politics has this week advised that safe, peaceful dialogue should be entered into if Pyongyang and Kim Jong Un are to be quelled.
Vladimir Putin is a controversial figure in world politics – allegations that Russian agents helped to win Donald Trump the US Presidency continue to rattle – but he has this week taken stage in an attempt to soothe tension towards a peaceful conclusion. Speaking on Pyongyang’s recent testing and supposed future tests – following a bomb strike more powerful than some that caused devastation in World War II – Putin asserted at the Brics summit that a ‘planetary catastrophe’ and ‘a huge loss of human life’ could await us if we ‘ramp up military hysteria’. Putin advised that the only way to resolve North Korea’s current testing and threat on the world stage is to remain open to dialogue.
Putin was also keen to advise that sanctions against the reclusive state would be inadvisable – and while Russia outright condemns recent actions taken by North Korea, they will not be taking further military action in favor of addressing these issues verbally. The US, meanwhile, appears to be working in tandem with South Korea to potentially upgrade its missiles and to complete trading on further equipment from American shores – showing that President Trump, for all his alleged ties with Putin, could be operating on the other side of the coin to Russia’s head of state.
Trump has refused to rule out military action in recent weeks, and pressure is mounting on the US President as to what action will be taken long-term. Many hope that Putin’s comments will be taken seriously at an extraordinarily tense time – and that whether or not Trump’s team supposedly colluded with Russian agents in the past, the time is now for the US and Russian premiers to work together to find a viable strategy that minimizes risk of human life.