Russian Federation willing to mediate US-North Korea talks

Dec 27, 2017, 01:42
Russian Federation willing to mediate US-North Korea talks

In the wake of the extreme deterioration of the crisis in the region this summer amid Pyongyang's repeated missile launches and a nuclear test, Russian Federation and China have proposed the so-called "double freeze" plan aimed to settle the situation, which urges North Korea to halt nuclear tests and urges the United States and South Korea to cease joint drills. Pyongyang claimed that this missile was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and the entire territory of the United States was within its range.

The new sanctions include sharply cutting limits on North Korea's imports of refined oil and orders the repatriation of all North Korean nationals working overseas by the end of 2019.

The standoff between the United States and North Korea has raised fears of a new conflict on the Korean peninsula, which has remained in a technical state of war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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The Trump administration has sent mixed messages about its willingness to reignite diplomatic talks with North Korea.

Russian Federation is ready to act as a mediator between North Korea and the United States if both parties are willing for it to play such a role, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

"It was underlined that it is necessary to move from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as soon as possible".

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"We do not share the desire of some states to exert maximum pressure on North Korea, which is often interpreted by them as establishing full economic and political blockade of this country by all available means", Lavrov added.

South Korea'sUnification Ministry forecast on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States next year while continuing to seek recognition as a de facto nuclear power. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA was ready to open talks with Pyongyang "without preconditions". Exports of rice plunged 64 percent to 672 tonnes, the lowest since March.

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