Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

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

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

A senior North Korean official in charge of U.S. affairs embarked her Russian Federation trip on Monday, Pyongyang's state media reported, amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula over the North's nuclear program.

Any US attempt to go to war with North Korea will by regarded by Moscow as "openly hostile" towards Russia, Frants Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Russian upper house's Committee on Defense and Security, said Wednesday, commenting on recent US remarks on the North Korean issue.

The ministry said Choe Son Hui, chief of the North American department of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, met with Oleg Burmistrov, a Russian diplomat dealing with the issue.

Restrictions on Chinese trade with North Korea have posed new challenges for the North Korean leader, Cho said. "If Russia can be successful in getting North Korea to move in a better direction, we would certainly welcome that", she told journalists on Thursday.

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The visit comes amid heightened tensions sparked by North Korea's sixth nuclear test and exchanges of bellicose rhetoric between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. In July, she met with Burmistrov when he visited North Korea.

China echoed Russia's concerns, and said war on the peninsula would have "no winners".

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.

"Russia is the most important country in resolving emergency situations such as the North's nuclear problem that are in the way to the reunification of the Korean Peninsula and mediating between the interests of the USA and China", South Korea's next ambassador to Russia Woo Yoon-keun said at a conference on Korea-Russia relations in Seoul on Friday, quoted in Yonhap.

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