Putin says North Korea would rather 'eat grass' than suspend nuclear program

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that North Korea would rather “eat grass” than suspend its nuclear weapons program. 

The Russian leader made the comment at an economic summit in China where he also said the escalating North Korea crisis could cause a "planetary catastrophe."

Putin called for a diplomatic solution between the United States and Pyongyang, saying that "ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless."

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in an unknown location in North Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 15, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. PICTURE BLURRED AT SOURCE.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in an unknown location in North Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 15, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. PICTURE BLURRED AT SOURCE.
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The apparent detonation of a hydrogen bomb by North Korea on Sunday has caused the U.S. to discuss imposing tougher sanctions on the country.

Putin called the sanctions "useless and ineffective."

U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said of the North Korean threat: "Enough is enough. War is never something the United States wants. We don't want it now. But our country's patience is not unlimited."

After their most recent bomb test, an ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea warned, "The U.S. will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK."

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