Moscow ready to act as mediator between US, North Korea, says Kremlin

Toni Houston
December 27, 2017

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Moscow intends to act pragmatically in relations with Washington, giving adequate responses to aggressive attacks without fuelling confrontation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

During their call, the two diplomats also reportedly discussed possible paths forward regarding the conflict in Syria and the situation in Ukraine.

"North Korea will seek negotiation with the United States while continuing to pursue its effort to be recognised as a de facto nuclear-possessing country", South Korea's Unification Ministry said in a report, without offering any reasons for its conclusion. "As the exchange of confrontational rhetoric is between Pyongyang and Washington, therefore Russia's readiness is rather evident to open the way for de-escalating tensions". Lavrov and Tillerson also discussed bilateral issues, in which tensions increased, particularly after the implementation of various packages of US sanctions against Russian Federation in the recent months. Tillerson and Lavrov agreed that the nuclear and missile investigations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are a violation by the United Nations Security Council.

North Korea had threatened to punish all those countries who supported the bid for sanctions which was imposed following Pyongyang's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

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