Russia: Putin calls DPRK leader 'absolutely shrewd and mature politician'

Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): «I believe, Mr Kim Jong-un has certainly won this round. He has reached his strategic goal. He has a nuclear [charge] and a missile with a range of up to 13,000 kilometers that can reach almost any place on Earth or at least any territory of his potential adversary. So now he's certainly interested in de-escalating the situation. He is already an... Еще absolutely shrewd and mature politician. We have to bear in mind the realities of the modern world and act cautiously when we take upon ourselves a challenging task of denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula which we should carry out through dialog and negotiations. As hard as it seems I believe it is still possible when all parties involved in the process including the North Koreans come to realise that their security can be guaranteed without nuclear weapons.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Russian President Vladimir Putin told Russian journalists that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has emerged victorious in regards to recent developments on the Korean Peninsula, speaking from Moscow on Thursday. «I believe, Mr Kim Jong-un has certainly won this round. He has reached his strategic goal. He has a nuclear [charge] and a missile with a range of up to 13,000 kilometres that can reach almost any place on Earth or at least any territory of his potential adversary», Putin said. «He is already an absolutely shrewd and mature politician,» he added. The Russian leader argued that Pyongyang is seeking to de-escalate tensions and called upon all parties involved in the denuclearisation process on the Korean Peninsula to «act cautiously» as they approach the matter «through dialogue and negotiations». «As hard as it seems, I believe it is still possible when all parties involved in the process including the North Koreans come to realise that their security can be guaranteed without nuclear weapons,» he concluded.

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