Top US, Russian diplomats discuss need for urgent North Korea negotiations

27 December, 2017, 02:27 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Marines are ready to invade North Korea at a moment's notice

In response, North Korea strongly condemned the maneuvers.

In a phone call, Mr Lavrov told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson overnight that "Washington's aggressive rhetoric" and beefing up of its military presence in the region had heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and was unacceptable.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has ruled out the deployment of additional military bases overseas, including in Latin America, despite an increase in military campaigns in recent years.

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

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 says. "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".

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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.

While Tillerson voiced support for opening diplomatic dialogue between the two states, Trump said he would not take part in any talks with Pyongyang unless the isolated state agreed to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Russian Federation on Tuesday indicated that it was ready to mediate between the United States and North Korea to reduce escalating tensions, if asked to.

The sanctions are aimed at choking off external sources of funding for North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile development programs after repeated tests this year have brought the Asian nation to what experts say is the brink of developing devastating weapons that can be delivered halfway around the world.

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