North Korea: Russia offers to mediate US-Pyongyang dispute

North Korea: Russia offers to mediate US-Pyongyang dispute
North Korea: Russia offers to mediate US-Pyongyang dispute
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27 December, 2017

During their phone conversation earlier in December, US President Donald Trump called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to help solve the North Korean nuclear issue. In response, North Korea strongly condemned the maneuvers.

"Russia's readiness to clear the way for de-escalation is obvious", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Russian Federation has long urged for the two states to come to the negotiating table and diplomatically work to reduce tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile weapons development program, which the rogue nation continues to pursue despite harsh sanctions from the United Nations.

The new USA steps were the latest in a campaign aimed at forcing North Korea - which has defied years of multilateral and bilateral sanctions - to abandon a weapons program aimed at developing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States.

South Korean daily newspaper Joongang Ilbo reported: 'Through various channels, we've recently learned that the North has completed a new satellite and named it Kwangmyongsong-5.

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So far, Trump has said he is not willing to negotiate with North Korea until its leaders abandon their nuclear weapons program. The fresh sanctions aim to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers overseas.

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

Tensions have risen over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, which it pursues in defiance of years of UN Security Council resolutions, with bellicose rhetoric coming from both Pyongyang and the White House.

In its 2018 forecast, South Korea's Unification Ministry said it believed the North would eventually find ways to blunt the effects of the sanctions. North Korean officials said that the test put United States within the range of its ICBM.

"We want the North Korean regime to understand that there is a different path that it can choose, however it is up to North Korea to change course and return to credible negotiations".


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