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VLADIMIR Putin has warned there is now a real possibility of nuclear war between the US and North Korea – and is urging Donald Trump to back down.

Putin warned any attempt to tackle North Korea by the US with a preemptive strike would be doomed to fail.

He urged both sides to “find ways for face-to-face dialogue” to deescalate the threat of nuclear war.

Russia has previously warned war with North Korea would be “catastrophic” amid fears war is now “inevitable”.

Putin said: “All sides must ease rhetoric and find ways for face-to-face dialogue between the United States and North Korea, as well as between North Korea and countries in the region.”

“Only this would help find balanced and reasonable decisions.”

“At any rate, it is not my cup of tea to define and assess policies of the United States president.”

Russia’s leader said it was possible for the US to launch a “global disarming strike” to take out the nukes of North Korea.

But warned it is “unclear” whether or not it could be successful as the rogue state is a “closed country” meaning accurate intel is impossible.

He added Russia cannot “remain mute” on the crisis growing on the Korean Peninsula.

“We have a shared border and the Korean nuclear testing range lies 200km away from the Russian border,” Putin added.

North Korea released a statement warning the US would “pay” for new sanctions levied on Pyongyang.

War fears have been escalating as Kim and Trump locked into a war of words over the rogue state’s missile programme.

The US President threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, prompting Kim’s diplomats to claim he had “declared war”.

Pyongyang has remained silent for the past three weeks, having not fired a missile test since September 15.

VLADIMIR Putin has warned there is now a real possibility of nuclear war between the US and North Korea – and is urging Donald Trump to back down.
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