Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Russian, North Korea Diplomats To Meet In Moscow On September 29

Russian, North Korea Diplomats To Meet In Moscow On September 29

Diplomatic sources were quoted as saying Choe would arrive in Moscow Monday afternoon.

The Russian Foreign Ministry made the announcement in a statement issued on Friday after a meeting between Russian ambassador-at-large Oleg Burmistrov and Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea's Foreign Ministry.

Moscow and Beijing have promoted a simultaneous freeze on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs and United States and South Korean military drills.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the North Korean official also met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

Russian Federation might be trying to get involved in back-channel diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington, the sources said.

Washington has said its joint military drills are essential to guard against North Korea and that Pyongyang must show it is serious about giving up its nuclear weapons before any return to talks.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said before that his country, which shares a border with North Korea, cannot accept the possibility of a nuclear North Korea but acknowledged that the current standoff could not be resolved by sanctions alone. "President Putin could be that person because he's befriended President Trump", said Yang.

Ri said Mr Trump's Twitter comments, in which he said leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" if he acted on his threats, amounted to a declaration of war.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said war on the Korean peninsula would have no victor. The UN Security Council implemented fresh sanctions last week over Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.

He said: "We hope the USA and North Korean politicians have sufficient political judgment to realise that resorting to military force will never be a viable way to resolve the peninsula issue and their own concerns".

Ulyanov said sanctions would not be enough to solve the North Korean issue. It remains to be seen whether this strategy will work or if Moscow or Beijing actually still have leverage over the North Korean junta.

The Kremlin called the flights "highly undesirable" on Tuesday, after the United States deployed B-1B Lancers near North Korea's eastern coast on Saturday, local time.

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