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Russian President Vladimir Putin has been more supportive of North Korea than he has the United States.

In July, Russia condemned the UN resolution that called out North Korea for firing off its first intercontinental ballistic missile. In fact, according to RIA, Russia said the missile was “intermediate-range,” not intercontinental.

Now Putin is weighing on the situation between America and North Korea. And he doesn't think the outcome is good.

According to Reuters:

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that the tense standoff between North Korea and the United States was on the verge of large-scale conflict and said it was a mistake to try to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear missile program.

Putin, who is due to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next week, wrote in an article published on the Kremlin’s web site ahead of his trip that he favored negotiations with North Korea instead.

“It is essential to resolve the region’s problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions (for such talks),” Putin wrote.

Meanwhile, the latest from Trump on North Korea is that “talking is not the answer.”

Sept. 9 is the anniversary of North Korea's founding and government. Last year, the East Asian state launched a nuclear missile. Satellite imagery suggests it could happen again this year.

On Thursday, U.S. fighters staged a mock bomb drilling over the Korean Peninsula. Tensions between America and North Korea don't appear to be going away anytime soon.

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