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World :: New sanctions against North Korea would be "useless" and "ineffective" says Putin

New sanctions against North Korea would be "useless" and "ineffective", Vladimir Putin has said.

The Russian President said imposing tougher sanctions on the regime of Kim Jong Un over its nuclear missile programme would not change the leadership in Pyongyang, but could lead to large-scale human suffering.

Speaking after a BRICS summit in China, Mr Putin, while condemning North Korea's actions as "provocative", also warned against further ramping up military hysteria, saying it could lead to "global catastrophe".

His comments followed a terse UN Security Council meeting on Monday at which the US warned the approach of imposing "incremental" sanctions against the secretive nation had not worked.

America's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the US will come up with a new UN sanctions resolution and aims to put it to a vote next Monday.

Members of the Japanese parliament and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel have also demanded tougher UN sanctions on North Korea.

North Korea's ambassador to the UN in Geneva said his country's "recent self-defence measures" were "gift packages" for the US and more would follow "as long as" the Trump administration "relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK".

Mr Putin's comments came after North Korea was seen moving what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile towards its west coast, a report said.

Analysts say it is most likely North Korea will carry out its next 'provocative' act on or around 9 September when the country celebrates its founding day.

On Tuesday, the South Korean navy held live-fire drills in the Sea of Japan.

These involved the 2,500-ton frigate Gangwon, a 1,000-ton patrol ship and 400-ton guided missile vessels in a show of force that aimed to deter the North.

South Korea has also been in discussions with the US about deploying aircraft carriers and bombers to the Korean Peninsula.