Putin said that whipping up military hysteria around the North Korean crisis was counterproductive, adding that Pyongyang would not end its nuclear and missile programmes because it views them as its only means for self-defence.
"It's impossible to scare them," Putin said at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok.
He said that, as an incentive to freeze its weapons programmes, North Korea was being offered the prospect of an end to sanctions. But the economic benefits of that, in Pyongyang's eyes, are outweighed by the security risks.
(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk, Oksana Kobzeva and Katya Golubkova; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Christian Lowe)
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