He stressed that the consequences of a strike on Pyongyang would be catastrophic.
"It's delirium, it's madness", he said.
"What did someone see that was egregious about this?"
"Why does this keep happening?"
Asked whether it was boring for him to run in the election without serious competition, Putin said it wasn't his job to develop a political opposition though Russia needs a balanced, competitive political system. "They come up with their questions about what we really care about".
A woman washes dishes as her son plays, with a TV screen broadcasting Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference seen on the wall, in Moscow on December 14, 2017.
The announcement comes just days after Mr Putin ordered a "significant contingent" of Russian troops home from war-torn Syria.
"Look at the markets, which have grown".
The Russian leader also voiced concern about the U.S. considering a pullout from key nuclear arms control pacts, adding that Moscow intends to stick to them.
PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: (Speaking Russian). No one - not even Putin himself - could get in a word.
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Putin's most popular opponent, the anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny, who has led large protests around Russia, is barred from running in the elections by a fraud conviction that he says is politically-motivated.
The marathon event, which has in the past lasted up to almost five hours and this year saw more than 1,600 journalists accredited, was Putin 's first major public appearance since announcing he would seek a new six-year term in March 2018 elections.
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White House economic advisor Peter Navarro said during the campaign that Trump would "break up the new media conglomerate oligopolies". "Terrorists recruit members from groups in poverty", Putin added.
He also said Russia does not accept North Korea as a nuclear state.
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Putin, who polls suggest will be comfortably re-elected, warned that candidates like Navalny would destabilise Russia and usher in chaos if elected. But first, he sat through the whole thing. When the holiday cheer briefly turns a bit frosty, it is only because of other grumpy relatives who ask uncomfortable questions.
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