Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Russian Federation says ready to exert influence on North Korea - Ifax

Russian Federation says ready to exert influence on North Korea - Ifax

North Korea and the United Nations have agreed to communicate regularly.

The question is "how to convince North Korea that a deal won't be rejected in a year or two by a new American administration", Lavrov said on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Kim Hyun-uk of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy said the dialogue will not make a significantly positive impact on the peninsula, given North Korea's standing position on nuclear weapons.

North Korean flew two medium-range ballistic missiles over the Japanese island of Hokkaido earlier this year and has threatened to bracket the USA territory of Guam with missiles tests on all sides of the island.

North Korea has recently test-fired ballistic missiles over Japan and last week tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that climbed to an altitude of more than 4,000 km before splashing into the sea within Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The United States and South Korea conducted large-scale military drills this week, which the North said have made the outbreak of war "an established fact".

The naval blockade was also pushed for by Washington during the discussion of sanctions against North Korea in September, but the provision was not included in the resolution since China and Russian Federation opposed such measures.

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Feltman's visit to the North was made known in Pyongyang's state media on Friday, South Korean television network SBS reported. Before leaving for Pyongyang , Mr Feltman held talks in China, North Korea's historic ally and main trading partner.

On Sunday, South Korea said it will join the USA in imposing fresh sanctions against the North.

State media also said Feltman visited a Pyongyang maternity hospital and a "disease prevention" facility, but left out mention of details around his meeting with foreign ministry officials.

Feltman "emphasised the need for the full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions" and reiterated that "there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of honest dialogue".

But in its reporting of Mr Feltman's trip, KCNA also said both sides agreed on "communication through visits at different level on a regular basis in the future".

Feltman did not speak to reporters upon arriving back from Pyongyang at Beijing airport on Saturday morning after spending four days in North Korea.

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